Rich grew up working class in Toledo, Ohio. He loved listening to glam rock and metal and describes himself as “destined to come to Los Angeles, guaranteed.” He left Toledo for a job at the Grand Canyon on his grandmothers recommendation, ultimately arriving in East Hollywood where he could buy eggs in people’s front yards. Rich has worked as a waiter, actor and musician. He moved to West Hollywood some years later where he helped take care of his elderly neighbor. Rich was evicted when his building was sold. He now lives in East Hollywood and pays much higher rent.