Born in Iola, Kansas, Porter served 13 years as an active duty US Marine with two combat tours in Iraq and has also served in the California and North Carolina Air National Guard as well as the Maryland National Guard, leaving the Navy as the only military branch he has not been a member of. He has a BA in Film from the University of New Mexico and MFA in Producing for Film and Television from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. Porter freelances as an independent producer/director in addition to full time positions as a video producer with various government and private agencies.