Jessica Hardin was born in Illinois and moved to South Carolina with her family when she was 12. After graduating high school, she attended Smith College in Massachusetts and received her B.A. Cum Laude while simultaneously attending the National Theater Institute in Connecticut, and the British American Drama Academy in London, England.
She moved to New York City and studied acting under the auspices of world-renowned Meisner instructor, William Esper. She signed with Innovative Artists and worked professionally as a model, dancer, singer, and actress while working for Judith Lesley Management, Abrams Artists, and Adrienne Stern Casting. On a family vacation, she discovered the joys of a Los Angeles winter and stayed. She worked with the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga and Boston Court in Pasadena, Judi Farkas Literary Management, and Filmtrix Agency. While attending many film festivals that her husband was involved with, she had the brainchild of founding the Pasadena International Film and New Media Festival.