At 12, Goodman quit school and started living on the streets. He sold drugs, married young, and served time in prison for his criminal activity. It was not until he saw Brian's Song that Goodman made a decision to become an actor. However, when Goodman came out of prison, he would steal from drug dealers. After deciding what he was going to do with his life, he went on an audition for a low-budget film called Southie with Donnie Walhberg. Goodman also began writing.