Known from movies
|Net value||about $1.5 million|
|Date of birth||May 16, 1980|
|Fact||She lives with her partner-in-law, Jarrod Schulz, and their two children. They live in Lake Forest, California.|
The often cynical voice behind her husband Jarrod Schulz, Brandi rose to fame after appearing on the reality TV show “Storage Wars”. Brandi came from humble beginnings, working as a carpet cleaner in 1999 and now owns several thrift stores. Brandi starred in her own reality TV show ‘Brandi & Jarrod: Married to the Job’. Brandi is an obviously intelligent woman and provides the grounded element needed in any relationship. Aside from nurturing her husband’s fame and notoriety, Brandi has made a name for herself within the industry utilizing her agile and entrepreneurial spirit.
Early life and family
Brandi Leigh Passante was born on May 16, 1980 in Texas, USA. She has kept aspects of her family life private, refusing to share information about her parents and siblings – if she has any at all.
While the exact information about her education is unknown, she did attend one private school in Texas. Brandi’s demeanor and quick thinking attitude on the show indicate that she is educated and smart. It is unclear if she has any form of tertiary education, but at least she is skilled and handy in the workplace.
Brandi comes from a rather unfavorable beginning, working for a carpet cleaning company in 1999. Here a mutual friend introduced her to her future life and business partner. Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz originally tried to run a mortgage company, but it never quite took off and continued to flounder.
Sensing that the two could do great business together, albeit not in the financial sector, Jarrod’s mother suggested investing in basic storage cabinets, which turned out to be the best decision for the couple. They opened their first store in Orange County, California called Now and Then specializing in home appliances, furniture and tools.
Making a profit was difficult and required a critical and careful eye, so they jumped at the chance to participate in the A&E Network’s “Storage Wars” series. The show producers had their eyes on Jarrod representing the store until they arrived to shoot footage in the store. Schulz later explained to The Orange County Register, which had the show tape footage in Now and Then when the producer spied on Brandi working on the register. The film crew asked Schulz, “Who is that girl in the front? Would she mind being on TV? and with that, Brandi’s fate was sealed.
The two rose to unexpected fame with their performance in ‘Storage Wars’ which premiered in 2010.
The series follows the real life adventures of professional auction buyers. Unlike collectors and people hoping to score cheap second-hand furniture, the buyers on the show rely on this to generate an income. They attend several auctions where they are given five minutes to view units whose tenants are three months behind on rent, but only from the entrance to see if the unit will benefit them. Brandi proved to be an indispensable asset to her husband Jarrod at these auctions, providing an attentive eye and a second opinion and protecting their money from impulsive purchases. The two remained a major presence on the show until 2018, growing from cautious and inexperienced to true moguls and industry professionals.
“Brandi & Jarrod: Married to the Job”
In 2014, Brandi Passante landed her own reality show, “Brandi & Jarrod: Married to the Job,” with co-star Jarrod Schulz, focusing solely on this star couple from the “Storage Wars” show. The show followed the colorful events of the small family – Brandi, Jarrod, their two children and dog – as Jarrod plans a proposal and wedding preparations begin. The show only lasted one season, eight episodes, and came under fire from “Storage Wars” co-star, Dave Hester, for supposedly writing a script. Both Brand and Jarrod denied these allegations, citing their inexperience in the entertainment industry as they caused a lot of anxiety on set when the pair couldn’t remember any lines at all.
Family with Jarrod Schulz
Brandi met her future husband Jarrod in 1999 while working at a carpet cleaning company. Jarrod was technically her boss, and reports are mixed as to who pursued the relationship, it wasn’t exactly a case of instant infatuation. He remained close through the trials and tribulations of their early business ventures and had two children – their son, Cameron Schulz, was born in 2003 and their daughter Payton Schulz was born in 2015. Brandi initially worked as a stay-at-home mom, but then moved on to a managerial position in the family shop “Now and Then”.
She and Jarrod had to work hard to maintain a healthy work-life balance, spending nearly all day together, every day of the week.
Brandi doesn’t want her kids to follow in her footsteps in the always sporadic and fickle auction industry, encouraging her son Cameron’s dreams of becoming a director in the entertainment industry. When asked about her ability to work and age, Brandi shared Starcasm that “I think I’m a better parent because I work.” She also strives to ensure that her family pursues a healthy eating and exercise lifestyle.
In 2012, Brandi was the victim of a vicious attack on her privacy.
A website owner posted pornographic images and images of a woman he claimed to be Brandi Passante, hoping her fame would increase traffic to the site. Brandi was mortified and assured the audience that the footage was not hers. She won $750 in a lawsuit against the site’s owner, but this was a meager peace offering as she had hoped to receive $2 million in damages.
Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz returned to the spotlight for a new set of reasons. After Jarrod got into trouble with the police, the couple became increasingly chaotic.
In 2019, fans suspected the couple had broken up, as no photos of the two had been posted on Brandi’s social media since December 2018, when she documented a family trip to Disneyland. It took a while for the couple to respond to these questions, but when they did, they confirmed the public’s suspicions. The two officially parted ways, Brandi often appearing alongside Cari Cellini in her recent social media posts. Many have extrapolated this to suggest that Brandi may be working for Monster Energy Drink and has changed her social media handles to Brandi Leigh, presumably to escape the slavery of her past life.
She has also posted images with an unnamed man she assumes is dating.
In 2019, Brandi Passante volunteered as an emcee for an Arkansas-based fundraiser for Woman’s own Worth, an organization that provides help and recognition to victims of domestic violence. The event raised a staggering total of $100,000 for the cause, providing much-needed funding and recognition.
If Brandi Passante has done anything, it’s to maintain her figure and good looks. Although she refrains from certain beauty practices such as wearing lipstick, it is widely known that she has gone under the knife for plastic surgery.
— Brandi Passante (@Brandipassante) April 11, 2017
Brandi is not the tallest woman, with a height of 1.72 m and a weight of about 78 kg. She has light brown or blond hair – with roots that suggest her hair is a naturally darker brown – and brown eyes. Her surname, Passante, seems to indicate an Italian heritage, which is reflected in her facial features.
Net worth and salary
Brandi Passante has a net worth estimated at over $2 million. While the exact numbers have not been released, certain statements from the cast and Brandi herself suggest that she received a hefty salary for her performances in “Storage Wars” and “Brandi & Jarrod: Married to the Job.” Jarrod even confessed that the show enabled them to improve their lifestyle and standard of living.
|First and last name||Brandy Passante|
|Net value||about $1.5 million|
|Date of birth||May 16, 1980|
|Profession||TV Personality, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneur|
|Children||Camren Schulz, Payton Schulz|
|Partner||Jarrod Schulz, Jarrod Schulz|
|1||She lives with her partner-in-law, Jarrod Schulz, and their two children. They live in Lake Forest, California.|
|Brandi and Jarrod: married to the job||2014||TV serials|
|Storage Wars||2010-2017||TV serials||herself|
|RachelRay||2013||TV serials||Himself – Guest|