Franta attended St. Peter's Catholic School, Hokah, Minnesota, from elementary school through 8th grade. As a child, he was overweight, leading his mother to sign him up for a YMCA swimming team. He ran cross country while attending La Crescent High School, where he graduated in 2011. He studied business at the Roman Catholic College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (Collegeville, Minnesota). In his sophomore year, he added an arts minor, with an emphasis on films.