Jessica Mion was born to pose. Birthed in the O.C. and raised on the mean streets of San Diego, CA, Jessica’s only defense against the dire conditions of perfect sunshine and crashing blue waves was to hide behind the camera lens and pretend to be someone else in a land far, far away. It was this particular brand of escapism that molded Jessica into the chameleon she is today. After several youth acting camps, school plays, and ballet recitals, it was as an unassuming spectator at a local fashion show in 1996 that 14 year old Jessica was discovered by her first modeling and commercial agent, Cindy Kauanui of Jet Set Management.
After immediately booking modeling jobs for clients such as Teen Magazine and Ocean Pacific (OP), Cindy decided to test Jessica’s acting chops at an audition for the Backstreet Boys video “I’ll Never Break Your Heart”. Despite being her first acting audition, Jessica landed the role of Nick Carter’s love interest and her lead role in the video prompted her photos and interview in several publications, including Tiger Beat, Teen Beat, Super Teen, and Sixteen. To her surprise, a friend visiting Turkey even spotted Jessica on the cover of a French tabloid beside the headline “les BSB fiancés?”
Jessica went on to earn her Screen Actors Guild (SAG) membership and act in principle roles in Chevrolet, Orchard Supply Hardware, and Sports Authority commercials. She also played the role of Barbie in 2 international commercials for Mattel’s Generation Girl Barbie. But, by far, her favorite commercial role was as the lead in the Jack in the Box commercial “Jack Raps with Young People”. Her controversial line, “Jack, how do you know if you’re a lesbian?” brought national news publicity and the commercial didn’t air long. Even in its short run, the commercial managed to win a 2000 Belding Award and Andy Award.
Jessica grew a successful modeling and acting career while maintaining a 4.3 GPA in high school. By her senior year, she was a poster girl for Miller’s Outpost, an editorial model for Teen Prom magazine, and a hair model for Sebastian, Wella, and Bumble & Bumble. She also had the lead female role in the independent film Beautiful Americans, which screened at the 2003 San Diego Film Festival.
In 2002, Jessica decided to take a hiatus from modeling and acting to focus on her psychology studies at UCLA. While living in Los Angeles, she used her education and love for helping others to pursue a career as an academic coach and aide for students with developmental and learning disabilities. Through that line of work, Jessica was able to nurture her left brain, but she soon found her right brain was atrophying and aching for a the creativity she had once found in modeling and acting.
In 2008, Jessica started taking every creative opportunity afforded to her. She took acting roles in her friends’ student films and began working with Chic Models. She went back to her “roots” as a hair model for Chic, working consistently for Sebastian and Wella hair shows. It was at one of these shows that another model asked Jessica to collaborate on a photo shoot. Jessica happily obliged and that shoot proved to her that she needed to be back in front of the camera.
Jessica took the opportunity to post her new pics on Model Mayhem and began networking with photographers to update her portfolio. Within a month, Jessica was regularly shooting with world renowned photographer Joel Grimes and an image he took of her landed on the May 2011 cover of Photo Professional (UK). While Jessica continued to shoot with many photographers on Model Mayhem, Joel also recruited Jessica to be his regular model for the photography workshops he hosted. During one of these workshops, guest Adobe Photoshop lecturer Russell Brown snapped a shot of Jessica that later became the debut image for the Adobe Photoshop Touch web campaign.
In the past year, Jessica also signed with Hair Model Express. She has also been featured in the 7 Salon “On the Fringe” campaign, in a front page article on Model Mayhem about her friend and photographer Cinema Photography, on the runway for CHI/Farouk, and as Chic’s May 2012 Model of the Month.
In February 2012, Jessica moved to Kirkland, WA where she continues to model. She enjoys challenging herself with many genres of modeling–from beauty and fashion, to art and vintage. Look for Jessica in an upcoming episode of Lit Up with Joel Grimes on the Framed Network, airing in May of 2012.