Shawn got his start as an actor and musician in New York City before he moved to Los Angeles in 1993 to star in the Aaron Spelling series The Heights. He segued his career to focus on becoming a writer when, in 2000, he wrote Four Dogs Playing Poker (starring Forest Whitaker, Tim Carry, Balthazar Getty). Concurrently he wrote episodes for the animated television series Redwall.
After editing and writing for several films and television shows, he edited the first season of On the Road in America. Shawn has also won several awards for best short film in numerous festivals for his black comedy, Shotgun Wedding. In 2009, he directed Life After Death, which won Best Documentary at The Beverly Hills Film Festival in 2009. In 2010, Shawn was Editor and Producer for the second season of On the Road in America.