After becoming a Point Scholar in 2011, Tommy moved from southern Indiana to attend New York University where he studied film production with queer studies. There, Tommy developed his skills as a queer writer and filmmaker and produced several plays and short films through his coursework. He was the producer of Blonde, an award winning short film that premiered internationally. During his senior year, Tommy wrote and directed his thesis film, Getting Off, and completed his first full-length documentary, Young Queer New York,which garnered film festival accolades across the country.
During his time at NYU, Tommy worked as a resident assistant on campus where he programmed diversity and wellness events that engaged students with a variety of intersectional race, gender, and sexuality oriented topics. He also served as a producer for the Gallatin Arts Festival for three years and received a 2014 NYU Presidential Service Award for his work.
Off campus, Tommy was an intern and active volunteer for PFLAG NYC’s Safe School Program where he spoke to middle and high school students about LGBTQ+ issues and started his own non-profit from 2011 – 2016 called Raise Up, to bring awareness of LGBTQ+ issues to southern Indiana and started several first time GSAs at local high schools. He also interned at HBO, Tribeca Film Festival, and Viacom.
Tommy graduated cum laude from NYU in 2015. Upon graduation, he began working as a writer and producer at LOGO, VH1, and MTV where he won a Promax Gold award for his writing on the Golden Girls‘ 30th Anniversary and created content for RuPaul’s Drag Race. Moving to Los Angeles in 2016, Tommy accepted a role at NBCU working in Creative Development to create custom marketing and content solutions for brands across several NBCU properties winning a Telly Award for his work on New York Fashion Week. In February, he was promoted to Senior Manager of Creative Development continuing to ideate and execute creative solutions within NBCU’s new One Platform approach and streaming service, Peacock, while being actively involved in the company’s BOLD, DEI, and Explorer programs aiming to reinvent the corporate culture of NBCU for true equity and inclusion into the future. Tommy continues to pursue personal creative ventures from writing to podcasting including his autobiographical 6-part podcast, SHOT!, available on Apple Podcast.