James was born in Burbank, CA, growing up around the worlds of theatre and film thanks in large part to his father, the actor Martin Ferrero. Upon graduating from the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts, he went to UC Santa Cruz where he graduated with a BA in Theater Arts. Since coming back to LA, he's worked with many theatre companies including A Noise Within, Antaeus Theatre Co, Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, and Coeurage Theatre Co. He is a member of the A2 ensemble at Antaeus as well a proud AEA member. He is also the founder of the Day for Knight Players, a company that looks to produce classical material with a young, modern LA sensibility as well as new works from up and coming writers.