When Charli was younger, all she wanted to do was grow up fast and explore the world. So much so, when she was 10, she bought her first camera - a Polaroid camera and constantly was taking pictures. She was too mature for her age and her mother worried about her way more than her other siblings since she was the youngest of six. Since Charli couldn't explore the entire world, she spent more of her time exploring around Los Angeles regardless if her parents forbade it. Los Angeles was bigger than her and Charli found herself tied up in situations she now knows were bad ones. During her teenage years, she hung out with her brothers friends who were apart of a Japanese gang called Yakuza and ended up dating one of them. Her affiliation with the gang made her a target to not only cops, but also rival gangs that didn't care if you were in a gang or not. After her brother was shot and killed by a rival gang, Charli stopped dating her Yakuza boyfriend and took up self-defense classes, not only in combat but also trained in shooting a pistol.
When Charli was accepted into New York University when she was 18, she didn't hesitate to pack her bags and move all the way across the other side of America in order to have a better life and get away from the attention she was receiving from her history of being affiliated with a gang. Since she had a passion for taking pictures, she decided to major in Photography. After getting her bachelors in photography, it didn't take her long to find a part-time job with the New York Post. After working a few years as a minor photographer, only taking photos of New York City, she was transitioned into traveling and taking photos of different places and people all over the world. Eventually, she met a war correspondent named James Carr who was so desperate for a photographer to cover a story he was doing in Afghanistan because his photographer shipped out of Afghanistan for another job. He only looked at her photo's for 30 seconds and hired her. The next day they were on a plane to Afghanistan and spent two years there. When news about a illness in Chernarus broke out, New York Post asked James Carr to cover the story and Charli came along with him to help him. However, they weren't expecting to get stuck there nor expecting the illness to turn people into zombies.