Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Umari was a Mouseketeer and a dancer for Disneyland at age 17. He was an accomplished artist, a fashion photographer, and fashion marketing director for many years before he began film-making. Umari's first short film, "The Donut Shop", won multiple festival awards and received immediate distribution offers. That acknowledgment led to the birth of Umari Entertainment to produce full features. Umari was inspired by creative icons, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee for shattering traditional ideas of film-making. He describes himself as a multi talented artist who is not limited by stereotyped expectations of his work.