‘Storage Wars’: How Jarrod Schulz’s Life Changed When Landing Gig on the Show

by Brianna Vacca

Popular A&E reality show Storage Wars glorifies garage sales and professional buyers. Professional buyers compete to obtain storage spaces with the objective of finding an item worth value to bring in some dough. Professional buyers and reality stars Jarrod Schulz and Brandi Passante do just that.

Both Schulz and Passante have been with the series since the first episode, which aired in 2010. They have been with the show all 13 seasons. The couple even had their spinoff series titled “Brandi and Jarrod: Married to the Job, which ran for eight episodes in 2014.

Shultz told the Orange County Register, “Our style of living has definitely gone up,” the California native said. He gave an example of going to a restaurant and getting recognized by the chef, who then sent them something special not featured on the menu. He added, “I don’t even play the lottery because we already won it.” 

Before Storage Wars, the reality star worked in mortgage and real estate. Before that, Schulz owned his own apparel store titled Outlaw Apparel. His interests have always aligned with storage unit auctions, but the mortgages and real estate kept his day busy. However, one day, his day job fell through. Schulz brought home different items, restored them, and sold them from his home. He and his girlfriend at the time, Passante, opened up their own store which led to Storage Wars spotting them. His downtime consisted of spending time with his children and being a present family man.

Jarrod Schulz’s Life Is Taking A Turn For The Worst

Jarrod Schulz has always had a criminal bone in his body. Before being discovered and placed on Storage Wars, Schulz spent 16 months in prison for felony possession of a controlled substance. Originally, Schulz pleaded guilty for possession and was sentenced for 60-days. He was released on probation and arrested again a week later for selling narcotics and driving under the influence. That’s when the judge gave him the 16-month sentence for not learning his lesson.

Schulz and Passante split in 2019. When Season 13 of Storage Wars aired, Passante admitted, “I’m not with Jarod anymore.” They may have seen mature at the time, but what happens off-camera doesn’t say the same thing. Schulz released separately, “Just because me and Brandi aren’t together anymore, doesn’t mean we can’t go to an auction – but separately.”

Earlier this year, Schulz was charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence battery after an incident in Lake Forest, Orange County. He got in an altercation with the mother of his children and ex-girlfriend, according to TMZ. Schulz later plead not guilty to the charges and requested a dismissal of all further charges.

The “Young Guns” never publicly commented on the situation.