I’m Jessica and I’m so glad that you stopped by my personal blog (you can visit my lifestyle and entertainment website by clicking here). My official bio is toward the bottom of the page if you want to read it but I’m going to be a little less formal here.
I started my career (if you want to call it that…I don’t look at it as work all the time) in entertainment writing in 2012 while I was working as a receptionist for a day spa. Long story short, I was finishing up my master’s degree and I was anxious about finding a job…and not having the experience or up-to-date skills that I needed. I studied PR in grad school and what I didn’t expect was all my studies to be researched based. I thought we would get some PR practice work in and we did, just not enough to make me feel comfortable. So, I decided to start a website to sharpen my skills and pass the time and it grew into a business that I love!
I was blessed with a love for words and the gift to use them to connect with and inspire people and I’m a DREAM CHASER in every sense of the word.
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Albert Einstein once said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will get you everywhere.” Jessica Simien is a prime example of that. As a child, Jessica kept a notebook full of questions to ask friends and family, foreshadowing the day she would actually be in front of the camera interviewing someone. A native of Jackson, Mississippi by way of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jessica has always had a big imagination and even bigger dreams.
The 27-year-old blogger and entrepreneur is the voice behind her self-titled blog, JessicaSimien.com. Initially started as a hobby, JessicaSimien.com has grown to become a source for entertainment news, the latest in pop culture, inspiration, fashion, beauty and relationship talk. JessicaSimien.com is updated daily and features exclusive interviews, articles and opinion pieces by Jessica and other talented writers.
Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Speech Communications in 2010 from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. While at JSU, Jessica honed her abilities in writing, reporting and public relations. She was also actively involved on campus in student organizations such as the JSU Dance Ensemble, the Mentorship Tutorial Program and the JSU Chapter of the NAACP. She also served as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi and worked at 88.5 WJSU as an afternoon show host, Nissan North America, Inc. as a Corporate Communications Intern, The Clarion Ledger as an Obituary Writer, a freelance reporter for the Jackson Free Press and also as a freelance publicist. Jessica has also written for the celebrity blog The Jasmine Brand, among other websites.
After graduating from JSU, Jessica moved away from her hometown for the first time and it was then that her dreams began to form into realities. She enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi as a graduate student and started working full-time with her own PR agency, J. Simien PR, Inc. Jessica enjoyed and loved PR, but her passion for writing was also in the forefront of her mind. Upon receiving her Masters Degree in Public Relations from USM in 2012, Jessica decided to go “all-in” with her blog and has not looked back.
With plans of working red carpet arrivals, reporting live from major events, writing for magazines and other websites, Jessica is laying the foundation for her empire. Never using her humble beginnings in Mississippi as an excuse to be mediocre, her favorite saying and personal mantra best captures her ambitious and determined spirit:
“I don’t wait for opportunities, I create them.”
– Jessica Simien