Tom's film making training started in documentaries. He worked directly under Academy Award Nominee Paola di Florio and Sundance Filmmaker's Trophy Winner Lisa Leeman while filming Awake: The Life of Yogananda.
A San Diego Native and son of a serial entrepreneur, Tommy started his first job at 12 years old filing papers at his father's fresh herb business.
In 1997 he started his first business selling custom-made Star Wars costumes, online! He learned the value of humility and the strength of keeping one's word.
In 2004 he started a mobile auto detailing business, which he sold for a profit in 2007.
Tommy moved into the creative realm in 2008. His lucky break came working professionally on the critically acclaimed documentary Awake: The Life of Yogananda. He learned from Academy Award Winning Director Paola di Florio the art of the interview, with award-winning writer Peter Rader on how to script a scene, with award-winning cinematographer Arlene Nelson on how to light & frame subjects.
In 2010 He moved back to San Diego to be closer to his future wife, which inspired his focus on Friedman Studios. Tommy's passion lies in narrative film making and also working with mission-based businesses.