Dara Sanandaji graduated from Dartmouth College in 2000, where he earned a B.A. in Economics and studied abroad at the University Autónoma de Madrid. He then graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2006 and later worked in the financial services sector, where he earned his Certified Financial Planner (CFP ®) designation in 2011. A few years later, Dara transitioned into writing and filmmaking, and since then he has written, directed, and produced two feature-length documentary films. Dara also hosted his own independent radio show, "The Big Picture Radio Show," in Chicago in 2014.