Peter Verdell started his career as an A&R rep for Drive-Thru Records during the pop-punk revolution of the early-mid 2000's, an era which saw the label propel bands like Something Corporate and New Found Glory to mainstream success. Verdell eventually left the label to pursue his own music, and in May 2010 he released his debut LP There's a Light under the name Act As If. Songs from There's a Light were soon featured on TV shows spanning ABC, CBS, MTV, and IFC, and the album was deemed "New & Noteworthy" by iTunes music & "Fuseworthy" by Fuse TV. Additionally, Apple licensed the song "About Saying & Meaning Goodbye" in its OS X Lion demo video.

After the release of There's a Light, an official band lineup formed and Act As If began playing shows around Los Angeles at venues including The Troubadour, The Satellite, Hotel Café, The Roxy, The Glasshouse, Detroit Bar, and Chain Reaction. They recorded 4-song EP entitled The Iron Is Hot, which began receiving attention from buzzworthy blogs including Kick Kick Snare, Buzz Bands LA, and Kings of A&R. The song "Oh My My" was noticed by DJ / taste-maker Kat Corbett who has spun the song numerous times on KROQ Locals Only; the band has subsequently headlined two KROQ Locals Only showcases at The Roxy. A music video was shot for "Oh My My" and premiered on

Act As If released their latest full-length album, Steady, on November 10, 2014.