Jessie was born in Nashville, TN and raised in Los Angeles, CA.
She began her film career by editing her family’s home movies. From there, she made videos and photoshoots with her friends, played around with analog methods, and started to seriously consider a career in directing and photography. In 2018, she graduated with a B.A. in Directing and Producing and a minor in Creative Writing from Cal State Long Beach.
“Tin Man” earned her a Merit Award from the YoungArts Foundation in 2013 and “Being” won the LA County Student Filmmaker Award at the Burbank International Film Festival that same year. “Systematic” screened at the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival, the 25 Under 25 Film Fest, and the Fake Flesh Film Festival. In 2017, she received funds from the Hollywood Foreign Press to make “Don.” Her short film, “Hold On,” premiered at Sethward’s Show & Tell Screening Spectacular. Recently she directed a music video for Kini Solana and Louis Quantrille’s single, “Not Ur B*tch” that was an official selection at the 2020 National Film Festival for Talented Youth. While in quarantine, Jessie shot 13 socially distanced photoshoots.
Jessie is inspired by the showmanship of everyday people, revealing humor in the uncomfortable, and defying sex-role stereotypes. She also really loves camp aesthetics, saturated colors, and Googie architecture. Her biggest influences are Rachel Bloom, David Lynch, John Waters, and Tim Burton.
In her free time, she writes and performs sketch comedy and is constantly searching for the best BLT sandwich in LA. You will likely find her reading a copy of MAD magazine in an old diner.