Jessica got her start singing for the silver screen at age 2. And by silver screen, she of course means the giant wooden television set in her family's living room. She would only perform when properly introduced, and would consistently want to stop halfway through the "shoot" because she couldn't see herself in the camera.
Jessica's ego has significantly lessened since her toddler diva days, but she still loves to sing and be funny, and lives to hear the laughter of an audience. It sounds cliche because it is. But it's true. She loves to improv, sing and impersonate those who have already made it in the business. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and all she has to say is....yep. They are right. Whoever they are.
After graduating from UC Irvine, Jess spent her second summer (because the first was so lovely) at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, working on the world premiere of "Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical." This whole world-premiere-new-show thing would later become a trend. She went from Utah to Orlando, Florida, spending a year performing at Walt Disney World helping to create and perform a game show called "What's Your Problem?" Despite the name, it was a fun and sweet show, sponsored by Velcro no less, where kids got to come onstage and play games.
Jessica then ventured to NY where she met up with her already famous Spring Awakening cast member brother. The Reiner-Harris' shared a tiny apartment in midtown while she worked at Moonsoup singing to babies, and starred in the premiere of "Pocket Change" at the Shortened Attention Span Musical Festival. Jessica then realized that she was having a real hard time making rent, and decided to return for a time to good old Southern California.
It was here that she landed her voiceover agent at Sutton, Barth and Vennari, became the voice of a fisher price toy (DREAM!!!), and performed in the world premiere of "Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin" at La Jolla Playhouse. All in all, the move was a good decision, although the bright lights of New York will probably again be in Jessica's future. Once a musical theatre nerd, always a musical theatre nerd.
For now, she gets to go to Disneyland regularly, still sings to babies, this time at Gymboree, and is a part of an amazing group of people called "The Striking Viking Story Pirates" who teach kids to write creatively, only to turn their stories in to comic musical sketches! She is grateful for everything and everyone that brought her to this point, and hopes you enjoy the site.:)