The real person behind Randy Smith (a pen name) is an L.A.-based writer and attorney born in downtown Los Angeles in 1977. Growing up as a first-generation, Arab American in North Orange County during the 1980s and 1990s had a profound impact on Smith. An avid punk fan, Smith played in several punk bands in the early '90s. In college, Smith specialized in Middle Eastern international relations and history. After a year spent as a substitute teacher in several school districts, Smith moved to Washington, D.C., to attend Georgetown University for law school. Smith has been a practicing attorney for the past fourteen years, specializing in infrastructure finance, including the financing of sports stadiums, transportation systems and schools and universities throughout the country. “Randy Smith” was actually “born” four years ago when his “creator” quit commuting to work via his own car and decided to primarily use public transportation. It was using a combination of L.A. Metro trains and buses that allowed Smith and his “creator” to generate several scripts and The Raffle series, while still being a full-time attorney, husband, author, actor, public transportation activist, podcaster, adviser and investor.