Max Meis was born in Münster (Westphalia) in 1986. After graduating from high school in Bielefeld, he lived in South Africa for two years. There, Max worked in a facility for the disabled and for Lufthansa in Cape Town. At the University of Münster, Max earned a bachelor's degree in German Studies and Cultural and Social Anthropology in 2013. During his studies he already worked in the television archive of WDR and produced his first independent documentaries. Since 2014, Max has been a freelance journalist at WDR and runs his own production company DOWNSIDEUP Film.