As a young girl, Jeanelle “Jelly” has always had an interest in the entertainment industry and took the first step by attending magnet school Frank H Peterson School of Academies in Jacksonville, FL to major in Communications. There she gained skills in web designs, TV production, and graphic design. She made the decision to go to Alcorn State University’s School of Business, instead of pursuing a film or communications degree. While in college, she participated in theater, drama, the school newspaper, and the school TV station, all while working full-time. She took advantage of her open hours by working as a production assistant with various companies such as BET and MTV, including a 6-month internship in Connecticut with NBC Universal’s The Maury Show. During the internship, she continued her full-time school schedule online.
When she returned to Alcorn, MS for her last semester, she decided to take time to make sure the career of a Director that she has been going for all her life was something she still wanted to pursue. She returned to Jacksonville, FL for 1 year, where she continued to assist in various local film productions. She made the move to Memphis, TN to join her immediate family where she worked at Cox Media Group’s FOX13 News for 2 years.
After spending 6 years in and out of the industry, she decided to get serious and picked up her life to move to Los Angeles where she now pursues her career in becoming a director.