Tommy was raised in Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. There he got enrolled at Carmel High School and he finally graduated from there in 1985. Later on he joined, Indiana University with a major in Journalism and Comparative Literature and he graduated from there in 1989. He is also the graduate of USC School of Cinema-Television. While he was in USC, he directed several short movies and some of them appeared in Sundance and The New York Film Festival.
He made his first feature film in 1998 by directing an American independent, gay-themed romantic comedy film Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss. For this work, he was honored with Verzaubert - International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in 1998. Later on he directed several other hit movies like Get Over It, Ella Enchanted and so on. His net worth is unknown. His nationality is American and he is of white ethnicity. He is now aged 47 years old but the information about his married life has not been shared in the media.