Stokes' career in Hollywood didn't start as a director, but in the world of visual effects, having done visual work for films such as Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Spider-Man 2, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Serenity, as well as several episodes of Smallville. Stokes' career as a director finally started when he joined the Director's Guild of America and began doing commercials for companies like GMC and Nissan. Eventually, Stokes was able to direct his short film in 2005, when he wrote and directed the short film The Catalyst. Since then, he's been focused on working with multiple other network studios to continue his narrative film career.
On Criminal Minds
Stokes has directed the following episodes for Criminal Minds: