Vivienne was born and raised in Maryland. She studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and graduated in 2014. In 2012, she started a webcomic called Zoophobia. The comic series gained a large cult following. It is currently in indefinite hiatus since November 2016. During her education she uploaded her third year thesis film The Son of 666 (2013) and her senior thesis film Timber (2014) which won the 2014 Dusty Award.
In October 2014 after graduating from SVA, she uploaded a fan-animated music video on YouTube, where Zoophobia character JayJay sang Die Young by Kesha. The video currently has over 40 million views and a 96% approval rating on YouTube. She mentioned it "boosted her channel up" and helped her gain an audience early in her career.
In the Summer of 2016, she briefly studied at Gobelins Summer School in Paris, France.
In July 2016, she moved to California. Before she started developing Hazbin Hotel, she worked as an animator in the internet series "Too Loud!" created by Nico Colaleo on DreamworksTV.