He moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University's theatre school. After graduating college he held various jobs including professional fishing in Alaska, performing in a circus, ushering at a movie theater, and playwrighting. Later he became a member of the Shattered Globe Theatre Company and the Caffeine Theatre in Chicago before launching his film and television career.
In 2014, he was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Courage in Storytelling at SXSW Film Festival for his original script Animals. It has since been turned into a film.
He married artist Evelyn Leigh in 2014 shortly after their son Arlo was born the same year. They have a Dachshund and an epileptic cat.