- A tour of Warner Brothers studios when he was 8 during which he witnessed the filming of a major set-piece from the adventure comedy The Great Race inspired him to want to be a movie director.
- Worked at Irvin-Fuller Theatres, co-owned by his father, Sam Irvin Sr., throughout his youth in a variety of roles.
- Edited and published Bizarre, a fanzine on fantasy, horror and science fiction films from 1972 to 1975
- For Bizarre, he traveled to England to conduct in-person interviews with icons Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Vincent Price among others.
- Directorial debut, the 1985 dark comedy short Double Negative, which he also wrote and produced, premiered as an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival.
- Served as Vice President of Marketing for three film distributors: United Artists Classics, Spectrafilm, and Vestron, throughout the 1980's.
- Dabbled in movie poster design and won Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards for designing the posters for Francois Truffaut's Confidentially Yours and Paul Verhoeven's The Fourth Man.