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 has directed the following episodes for Criminal Minds: