Ryan grew up outside of Boston of Massachusetts in the small towns of Clinton and Lancaster. The oldest of seven children in a split family, Ryan turned to sports to escape the neighborhood and made short films with his friends as a hobby.
Attending Fitchburg State University (UMASS) on a basketball scholarship, Ryan studied Broadcast Journalism and Theater. On August 29, 2001, Ryan joined the US ARMY. Twelve days later, planes flew into the Pentagon and Twin Towers. Serving eight years with two deployments, Ryan attributes his creative passion and leadership to his time and valuable training in the military.
Following his service, Ryan chased his dreams of storytelling to Los Angeles to become a director. Since his plunge into the industry, Ryan has directed original content and spots for clients such as NIKE, Evan Williams, Audi, Under Armour, Stephen Curry, ABC and long time client Oprah.
Ryan has Executive Produced and Directed two Veteran oriented series for The go90 network and continues to direct commercials and TV. He currently has a feature film slated to shoot this fall with Lionsgate, and has appeared on THE VIEW, GOOD MORNING AMERICA and multiple NPR programs because of his work.
Working closely with the non-profit, Veterans in Media and Entertainment; Ryan works to transition Veterans from their military service to the entertainment industry. By flipping the Veteran narrative of PTSD and negativity on its head, Ryan makes a point of emphasis to advocate Veteran successes, positivity and grooming tomorrow’s leaders and tastemakers.