Jan Soldat was born 1984 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz) in the former GDR. From 1994 he attended the humanistic grammar school „Hohe Straße“ (now Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff grammar school). In 2003, after graduating from high school and completing community service on the gastroenterological and dialysis ward in the Klinikum Chemnitz, he started studying business mathematics at the TU Chemnitz. In 2004 he dropped out and switched to the mechanical engineering course. At the beginning of 2006 he canceled this also, folllowed by returning to the Klinikum Chemnitz as a nursing assistant in the cardiac catheter laboratory.
From August 2006 to February 2007 together with Frank Schubert he made his first films as part of the SAEK (Saxon training and testing channel). At the same time, he worked within the Chemnitzer Kunstfabrik. There, too, filmic work were produced and he interacted with young and adult people with mental and physical disabilities. Subsequently, until September 2008, he made more films within the Chemnitzer Filmwerkstatt e.V. .
From October 2008 to March 2014 he studied film and television directing at the University of Film and Television „Konrad Wolf“, Potsdam Babelsberg. In 2015 he also started to work as editor and dramaturgical consultant.
His more than 90 filmic and mostly documentary works to date deal with the portrayability of diverse sexual practices and preferences.