Jake received his BA in English from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Chapman University, and graduated with an MFA degree in Film Studies with a specialization in Screenwriting. He was an assistant at ICM Partners, where he worked with international filmmakers and production companies. After ICM, he transitioned to Lava Bear Films, which was nominated for an Academy Award for the 2016 feature film Arrival. Before returning to school to pursue his MBA, Jake was a staff writer on the 2016 ABC show Notorious.