Jarrett Crippen was born and raised in Austin, Texas where he still resides with his wife and family.
At the age of 23, Jarrett became an Austin Police Officer and after nine years on patrol, was promoted to the rank of Detective, where he has been assigned as a criminal investigator for the last 12 yrs.
In 2006, Jarrett followed his dream of teaching and became an instructor at the Austin Police Academy teaching cadets, officers and members of the public. He specializes in public communication and Criminal Interview & Interrogation. Jarrett has completed numerous courses and seminars on leadership and communication skills including the West Point Leadership Academy and Say It Loud; a public speaking certification seminar. He has also completed several voice acting workshops.
In 2007, Jarrett and his wife; Norma founded SCARE for a CURE, a non-profit organization that hosts an annual haunted house to raise money for cancer related charities. To date, SCARE has donated over $100,000 to various charities, primarily The Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas.
Also in 2007, Jarrett; a self-proclaimed comic book geek, auditioned for and was selected to be a cast member of Stan Lee's Who Wants to be a Superhero, a reality show on the Sci-Fi Channel. In September of that same year, out of the 3,400 people who auditioned for the show, Jarrett won the contest and was proclaimed the world's next great superhero!
As part of winning the show, Darkhorse Comics released; The Defuser, Issue #1 and Jarrett starred with Kevin Sorbo in the Syfy movie; Lightning Strikes, which was filmed in Bulgaria in December of 2008.
As a host and MC, Jarrett is now a fixture at some of the world's largest Comic Cons and Pop-Culture conventions. His goal is to standardize costume and cosplay contests as a legitimate venue for competition and self-expression of the culture.
Jarrett's passions include public speaking and storytelling. He is always looking for ways to educate children about how to be a hero in their own community as well as raise money for worthy causes.