I was born in Bryan, Texas to my mother Roberta Ann Pugh and my father James Richard Pugh on August 14th, 1984. My father died regrettably when I was just three years old. My mother raised both my younger brother Jameson and I with the help of both families. I was stubborn as a child and I refused to learn to read until the third grade where by chance I happened upon a fantastic teacher who made reading fun. By the time I reached the eighth grade my reading skills surpassed most high school juniors. Some said I spoke far too much as a child and when I stopped speaking people said I spoke barely enough. This led to the development of a speech impediment I struggle with to this day.
At the age of thirteen, I achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Computers became an integral part of my life. My programming work for a complementary iTunes application, titled iTunes Associator, saw my name published in a German book and magazines in the United States, France and Japan. It garnered over 100,000 downloads. By the age of fourteen I created my first three-dimensional digital art, motion graphics and was designing websites.
After high school I attended Texas A&M University and was to major in philosophy. I loved philosophy and how it stretched my mind beyond its sheltered upbringing. It was at A&M that I found myself socially - much to the detriment of my degree's completion. Ultimately, college and I were not suited for each other at that time in my life. I dropped out. I found myself aimless - so my Aunt Mary convinced me to join the U.S. Army where I learned the trade of a photographer and videographer.
I spent five years as a broadcast journalist and anchor on television and radio for the American Forces Network Korea. I wrote, delivered, filmed and edited award-winning news reports broadcasted on four continents to an audience of millions. I interviewed celebrities and high-ranking military personnel from across the globe. Some of the historical and culturally significant footage I shot appeared on the BBC in Britain and 株式会社フジテレビジョン (Fuji TV) in Japan. Once, I was even interviewed and contributed footage to a reality TV show in Australia for injuries I sustained while on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.
Perhaps, most importantly, the Army gave me the opportunity to discover what I truly wanted to do with my life. The photography training I initially received from the Army served as the catalyst for a new passion brought to fruition with the help of a few like-minded friends. I developed my skills in Korea and I saw my photographic work exhibited in Barcelona and included in an online travel guide. I even published my very own, honest-to-goodness, book covering my adventures and tribulations in India titled Culture Shock. An article I wrote on Aggie Muster in Seoul was published in Texas A&M University's Spirit magazine. In January 2010, I left active duty.
In the months after returning home, I spent some time traveling around the states with my brother visiting seventeen national parks and visiting with family and friends. The end result was a simple photographic journal book being published.
In October 2010, I decided to return to the military part-time with the Texas Army National Guard. The 100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in Austin, Texas employs me as a photojournalist and public affairs specialist. I've spent over a year of my life in military schools at the Defense Information School graduating from Basic Still Photography (2004), Video Production and Documentation (2004) and Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course (2011). I am also currently enrolled with the American Military University where I am scheduled to complete my Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree by the end of 2013.