Welcome to BaldSpotStudios! My name is Behzad Afshar-Naseri and I’m the creator, writer, artist and administrator. Here are a few facts about me:
I was born in Iran then moved to the United States when I was 6 months old. I spent my entire childhood living in Mound, Minnesota. My passions in high school were running, biking and art.
After high school I attended the University of Minnesota but soon found out I wasn’t ready for college life. As a result, I joined the Navy after less than a year at the U of M and was soon stationed in New Orleans, Louisiana. While in the Navy, I faced many obstacles which included bigoted remarks which chiseled away my self-esteem. The most crushing experience was when I was sexually assaulted at a party then told by my superiors that it was my fault and that it was nothing to get upset about.
After 4 years of service I ended my enlistment and quickly took up the cycle of alcohol and drug abuse. When I ran out of money, jobs and places to live, I sobered up and lived back with my parents in Naples, Florida. While in Naples, I finally took advantage of my GI Bill and went back to university at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. I majored in English and minored in Philosophy while making the Dean’s List every semester and graduating Magna Cum Laude.
I then went and taught English in Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Oman. Coming back to the United States and finding a job was very difficult. It wasn’t until the fall of 2016 that I sought help through the VA to treat my PTSD from the sexual assault during my service.
Thanks to the help of my fiance, her family, my mom and the veterans services, I’m able to move forward with optimism. I’m doing what I love by working on my art and cartoons through BaldSpotStudios. I hope that I make your day a brighter one.