Thrown onto the stage by a local group at the age of 10, an acting career began. "I was scared, 10 years old, in front of 500 people". It was something out of a wild dream that instilled a bit of confidence in the young man. Picked up by Stewart Talent in Chicago, Joel was working steadily as a boy, appearing in numerous commercials and films. Things went on hold as he pursued sport and University. After studies in Illinois and Vienna, Joel made his way to Prague and picked up where he left off in the film industry, this time entering the production side as well. Joel appears as Travis Hanson in George Lucas' "Red Tails". He has also worked with directors Wong Kar Wai (My Blueberry Nights) and Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Mission Impossible 4), as a Stand in for Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, respectively.