Jessica Steele Allen was a geek before geek was chic. She grew up a bespectacled tomboy near the beach in Cocoa, Florida, spending her days reading, drawing, and playing video games since the time she was old enough to pick up the original gray brick of a Game Boy.
Her answers to the question "What are you going to be when you grow up?" were varied as a child -- paleontologist, dolphin trainer, animator, and film director being the main ones -- and, after moving to Orlando in 2000 to pursue a degree in psychology, her career choices have been every bit as fun and interesting. She realized her dream of working with dolphins during the two years that she worked at Sea World Orlando in both the Animal Care and Education departments; she's been a scuba diver and marine conservation education instructor at The Seas with Nemo & Friends inside Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park as well as a lifeguard within Disney's Sassagoula region of resort hotels; and, every year since 2005, she's performed as a "scareactor" at Universal Orlando Resort's month-long annual Halloween event, Halloween Horror Nights, where she's had the opportunity to take on several fantastic and memorable roles.
Today, Jessica combines her interests in costuming and photography in her work as a model. In addition to participating in assorted photoshoots with a number of talented photographers, she occasionally acts as a promotional representative at Universal's after-hours events, she's been the featured subject of Dr. Sketchy Orlando's monthly live figure-drawing session, and she's collaborated with "Orlando Attractions Magazine" and izonOrlando.com as a video host. Jessica's been described as "a blue-eyed Julia Stiles" as well as compared to actresses Jewel Staite and Kate Bosworth, but she brings her own unique look and personality to every project she's involved in.
Her love of comic books, video games, and movies has also inspired Jessica to take up the hobby of cosplaying, a form of costuming most often seen at comics and sci-fi conventions. Her depictions of some of her favorite characters have caught the eyes of their creators as well as fellow fans; early photos of her Abbey Chase costume were published in "Danger Girl: The Deluxe Edition," a hardcover collection of the comic book series released in 2010, and her costume based on Jess Jennings from "Wildsiderz" won first place in the inaugural "Lovely Ladies of J. Scott Campbell" contest at Dragon*Con that same year. Jessica has only just begun attending conventions in costume, but she's had so much fun that she plans on adding many more to her list! She's met a great deal of wonderful people and loves making new friends in the world of costuming and comics.
If you have any questions or you would like to book Jessica for a photoshoot or an event, please feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more at the following websites:
Model Mayhem: modelmayhem.com/JessicaSteeleA…