He was mainly raised by his dad, as his mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when he was ten years old. He also has four older siblings, a brother and three sisters.
TheCompletionist started playing video games when he was very young after one of his older brothers gave him their old Nintendo Entertainment System. His obsession with completing games stems from his parents’ rule that they wouldn’t buy him a new game until he had completed his previous one. While he was growing up, he also participated in many theatre productions and acted in a few TV shows.
When he was around fourteen years old, he got a job making espressos and lattes and light meals at a Mom & Pop’s-style cafe shop. He worked there for a few years until he got a job at MySpace in the data center as a server manager, where he then worked for another three years while he was in college studying Theatre and Film.
In 2006, he started his first YouTube channel, but it didn’t go the way that e wanted it too. So, he cancelled it and tried again. He repeat this process two more times until he finally set up his fourth attempt, ‘TheCompletionist’ in September 2011 and started streaming on Twitch around that time as well. Its central premise revolves around his attempting to complete one game in its entirety each week. His very first video succeeded in attracting hundreds of thousands of views, and so he has continued to produce content on his channel ever since.
He and fellow YouTuber, JonTron, have been friends since high school, and JonTron actually helped him a lot when he was setting up his channel. It was also through him that TheCompletionist met Egoraptor. The three of them still occasionally coproduce content.
His schedule varies depending on his other projects.
It’s ok to be inspired by the ones you love. It’s ok to be inspired by your friends and family. [But] don’t replicate. That’s a big thing on YouTube; people they want to get to the Let’s Play videos and the review game and the unboxing game and I always tell them, that’s been done hundreds and hundreds of times. When you go that route, you kind of put everything on a pedestal and it kind of makes it an unachievable goal to go that way. When I started, I looked at the space and said, ‘What’s Missing?’… Aim for the stars, but don’t aim for the stars that are already there.