After completing his education at the University of Miami, Hayes went on to complete a one-year term at the University of Southern California film school.
Following his studies, he started making commercials for such clients as American Express, KFC, Kodak, Sony and Gatorade.
By 1995, his success in the field was steady and he opened his own production company, The Hayes Office. Used for making commercials and feature films, Hayes turned his interest towards the latter genre for his next project.
By the late '90s, after 10 years in commercial work, Hayes worked as both director and director of photography for the Austin Powers:The Spy who Shagged Me trailer.
For the start of the new millennium, he took a big jump into the feature film industry, making his directorial debut with the comedy, Bubble Boy (2001).