Jessica Nelson loves being in all areas

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Jessica is a teen athlete, humanitarian, environmentalist, photographer, model and actress from Calio! 

Photographer; Jen Freedman, HMUA: Amanda Kachelle

At only16 years old, Jessica Nelson has already proven that she is a force to be reckoned with. Jessica started in the film industry in late 2014 when she directed and shot her first short film here in YYC. Soon after, she filmed a full-length feature and her career took off from there.

Photographer Richard Cheng and HMAU: Alana Chin

“I’ve always wanted to act. It’s sort of what happens to you when you attend an art school for 6 years.” Jessica stated with a chuckle, “Being a model on the other hand… well not so much. That was by accident.”

In December 2014, Jessica was approached by a well-known local photographer interested in working with the young star. Eager to try new things, Jessica gave it a go. It wasn’t long before she was booking shoots at least twice a week to help build a portfolio. 2016 was the year Jessica decided to take her modelling to the next level. She was featured in multiple magazines, including Velvoire magazine (March Issue, April Issue) as both a model and photographer, Les Attraits Magazine (Issue #1) and Blurring the Lines Magazine (Youth Edition – April) where she landed the cover spot. Runway and fashion shows were a favorite for her as well. Jessica has worn various different clothing brands in multiple runways shows, ranging from masks to ball gowns to the simple jeans and t-shirt. “A shoot that I loved the most was modelling for ED3N Beach Resort Wear. We shot the catalog photos at North Glenmore Park along the river, and the final images looked like we were walking along the ocean… it was beautiful.” Jessica comments. Currently, she is featured on the cover page of the website for the company.

 Michael Legge Photography

Around individuals outside of the entertainment industry, Jessica is more than just a model and actress. She is passionate about making change and sports a long resume based around humanitarian and environmental knowledge and training she possesses. Some of Jessica’s greatest work included;

  • A paper on the feasibility of placing solar panels on a double gen-set hydraulic fracking rig viewed by the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and Chevron Canada.
  • International paper read at the Paris Climate Talks by the Canadian Government, Canadian Delegates and Minister of Environment for Alberta dedicated to what youth in the nation would like to see our country take on at this talk for the future

She has also coordinated and lead fundraisers for different organizations and issues, and just finished a series of workshops with Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC based around disaster resilience design and innovation.

Live With Passion Photography, HMUA: Sam Leddy & Maddi Angus

“I think it’s important to take care of the lives around us – plants and animals included. We cannot live or sustain ourselves without them. And everything we do impacts one thing or another, as Garrett Hardin says in his First Law of Human Ecology.” Jessica points out.

Her newest project is a sustainable and environmentally friendly company dedicated to making various different items out of reclaimed materials. Jessica hopes in the upcoming school year to work with First Nations and youth in the province on disaster preparedness and relief.

Check out her social media to see what she is up to next or to contact her! You can view various news articles and interviews around Jessica’s work through CBE, CTV and Global News.

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