Born in Miami, Florida, Kissa was destined for stardom. Her charisma as a child lit up a room and everyone noticed her energy. Since a little girl she was the life of the party, full of spunk and attitude. From performing at church plays, taking acting lessons, dancing and singing in front of family and friends everyone knew she was different. Her rebellious, yet big personality geared her in the direction of pursuing what she found to be her first love, acting. Raised by her mother and father, daddy’s little girl grew up in a very strict household where religion and perception were vital.
Being 7th day Adventist and overweight was very difficult for Kissa. She felt no freedom to be herself or share her talent, fearing family rejection. After the divorce of her mother and father her world changed tremendously. Free from the pressure of being whom she was told she should, could, or couldn’t be she began searching for who she truly was. She changed her lifestyle losing a lot of weight and began to study her craft. Gaining confidence in herself and inspiration from stars like Angela Basset, Michael and Janet Jackson, and Tina Turner whose character reminds her of her own, she decided go after her dreams. She joined Image Talent modeling agency, started auditioning for acting roles, began writing music and taking voice lessons, and landed some gigs that opened more doors for her.
So in 2009, she packed up her bags and moved to Atlanta, Georgia to take her dreams and accomplishments to the next level without looking back. In Atlanta, she enrolled in school as a theatre major and began training with acting coaches, voice coaches, and talent agents from the likes of Wolfe Productions, Colin Rust, and Tasha Smith. Kissa Jo landed representation with Kathleen Schultz Associates talent agency one the oldest and most respected SAG agencies. Kissa has appeared on stage plays, short films, web-series and movies such as Vagina Monologues, Shirts Vs. Skins, Lovers and Friends, Luxe Life Atlanta and has even appeared on hit television shows including: Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta, BET’s Let’s Stay Together, Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, and TV Ones Fatal Attraction.
Currently, Kissa Jo is working on a hit new soap Sinful Paradise, powerful film How Much Longer, and just released her debut music project “Her~She~Kiss” the mixtape in January 2015. Even though she is busy and constantly finding new ways to expand her brand and career, Kissa still takes time out to be an advocate to children who are bullied about their weight and encourage everyone to love themselves despite what anyone else has to say, to stay positive, and never let anyone steal their dreams.
— Kissa Jo —