Professional stunt woman living out my dream of being a superhero.
Jessie has spent the last eleven years working as a stunt woman. Recently Jessie has been highlighted for breaking gender stereotypes, and becoming a positive female role model. Being feminine shouldn’t mean you can’t be athletic, strong and confident. "Healthy is attractive!"
As a child Jessie wanted to run away to the circus, but having limited means at age five she settled with circus gymnastics classes her mom signed her up for. At nine they moved to the woods of Pennsylvania and no longer having access to circus gymnastics Jessie demanded her mom spot her while attempting to teach herself back handsprings (despite her insistence that this was a bad idea). After learning her mom didn’t know how to spotJessie's mom found a gymnastics gym an hour away that she took her to four days a week while working three jobs. "Thanks to my mom’s support toward my passions I secured a NCAA track and field scholarship and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in theater." The day of Jessie's last final she headed to LA.
Q: How do you get into stunts?
A: I can tell you what I did. Find where the top people train and learn from them. Go hustle sets get to know the coordinators, and above all else be humble, and never take a job outside your ability. As a part of a stunt team you are responsible for not only yourself, but the safety of your comrades. It took me a lifetime as an elite athlete to just get the basic tools I needed, years of training specific skills to get where I am, and I still have so much to learn, it is staggering. But it is also exciting and fun, because it is my passion.