Austin was born on March 11, 1992 at Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvania. His father, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, and his mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former homemaker who had previously worked as a mutual fund marketing executive. Austin relocated from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania to Hendersonville, Tennessee with his family at a young age.
He attended the University of Notre Dame for the 2010-2011 school year, but transferred to Vanderbilt University. During his junior year of college, he transferred back to Notre Dame, where he studied film and graduated on May 17, 2015. He has had roles in plays such as “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” and “Six Characters in Search of an Author”. He interned at Lionsgate, where his responsibilities included making and sending out screeners. He made his film debut in the 2016 thriller I.T. starring Pierce Brosnan. Austin has also appeared in Live by Night, Megyn Kelly’s political drama Embeds, sitcom Still the King, and Todd Berger’s Cover Versions. In 2019, he starred in the indie movie Braking for Whales, originally titled Whaling, written by Tammin Sursok and her husband Sean McEwen, and in the horror thriller We Summon the Darkness, directed by Marc Meyers.
Austin also works as a freelance photographer for Getty Images. He has had his photographs appear in People and Rolling Stone.