After receiving a Bachelor of Science in design from The Ohio State University, Cory Sheldon spent time as a tire designer for Goodyear before focusing on directing music videos. He directed a feature film, "Color," that was released in 2011. Sheldon has often utilized animation and visual effects in his work and collaborations with other artists. In 2014, he co-founded The Nightlight Cinema in Akron, Ohio. He released his first novel in 2016, and has been teaching for over a decade.