LEV PAKMAN was born and raised in New York City. He attended Fiorello H. Laguardia High School and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. During college, Lev produced and directed his first short film, Side Effected, which was voted an "Audience Favorite" at the 2013 Palm Springs International Shortfest, earned a Vimeo Staff Pick, and played at festivals internationally. His short film, For the Record, premiered at the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival. His short doc, Cpl. Brittany Jackson’s Smile, premiered on Vimeo Staff Picks, played at the 2019 Sarasota Film Festival, and received a write-up in The Advocate. Lev is repped by Sharon Horgan’s management-production company Merman, where he has directed commercial campaigns for brands like GEICO, ESPN, Samsung, The Glenlivet and T-Mobile in collaboration with globally recognized ad agencies including R/GA, BBH, 72andSunny, and The Martin Agency.

Lev began as a performer and, at age 13, sang one of the Three Genies in Julie Taymor’s production of The Magic Flute at The Metropolitan Opera. He has had a recurring role on Red Oaks (Amazon) and appeared in Love the Coopers (Lionsgate), The Mysteries of Laura (NBC), the Counting Crows music videos "Palisades Park" and "Scarecrow," and the forthcoming Bombshell (Lionsgate).