During his adult life, Watkins started a directing career in the entertainment industry. He has produced and directed several TV shows, including Prison Break, Las Vegas, X-Files, NYPD Blue, Smallville, and Brooklyn South. He also directed episodes for Kidnapped, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Royal Pains, Law & Order, Monk, and others. In 2010, Watkins released his first feature films Circle and Knucklehead. In addition to directing, he has also served as a cinematographer for multiple films and also the TV shows Quantum Leap and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. In his personal life, he became a member of the American Society of Cinematographers and lives in Malibu, California, with his wife Melissa (a producer) and their one son.
Watkins directed Lonely Heart.