‘Life’ © Jessica Hieser 2019
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Jessica Hieser (BMus/BTeach) is an expert teacher, songwriter, musician, writer, philosopher, and actor. She teaches beginners to seasoned professionals.
Jess Hieser Music BMus/BTeach, MEAA, APRA/AMCOS
Jess Hieser received a scholarship to the world renowned Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) for child prodigies at age 11. Playing Grade 7 flute at age 12, she went on to learn most instruments, and can play all instruments to some level. Following 6 years of study at VCASS she studied jazz and blues at Box Hill Tafe, and attained her Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Teaching in a 5 year double degree at the University of Melbourne.
Jess has performed as a singer songwriter for 20+ years, in some iconic venues alongside iconic musicians. She founded the Songwriters Collective in 2008 which supports uniquely gifted artists, providing pathway opportunities for emerging original singer songwriters. She hosts a Songwriters Collective stage for St Kilda festival annually, the largest music festival in the Southern hemisphere, and has featured brilliant musicians including Shaun Kirk, Tash Sultana, the Ben Smith band, El Moth, and many others. Jess is a driven singer songwriter, and performs at each Songwriters Collective show, and many other festivals and venues.
“When asked to put her music into three simple words, Jess Hieser chose passionate, lyrical, and powerful. Driven to write poetry from a young age, she eventually made the leap from writing poetry to putting her poems to simple guitar chords—and the result was something unique and even esoteric. The form and patterns of her lyrics are a contrast to the formatted sounding pop lyrics we’re so used to hearing and provide for interesting rhythmic structures to her songs. Lyrics delivered from the heart make it easy for her to dig in and put every ounce of her energy into her vocal delivery. Take her song “Life”, which you can stream on her Facebook band page. It’s pretty unforgettable with its melancholy chord progression and that Bjork-esque huskiness to her voice, which builds up to an outro where she sounds like she could be singing in a windstorm, facing an imminent Armageddon. Aside from that one song, you’ll just have to come out and see her play live.”
Jessica Hieser Acting MEAA, Showcast, Casting Networks, IMDb pro
Using her full name for acting work, Jess has developed an impressive list of credits, specifically in screen acting. Her music combining with this work, she starred as the lead, and V/O, in ‘Looking for Space’ (2017), musically producing the classical excerpts for Holst and Borodin, arranging and performing all instruments. In the realm of theatre, she received glowing reviews for her role as Jack Manning in 2 plays by David Williamson. The role usually featuring a male, Jess was praised for her calm and empathetic performance.
In 2020, combining her talents again, Jessica is writer/actor/director of her new play ‘Resolve’, with a professional cast to deliver well the work’s powerful and socially relevant themes.
Jess performed in professional acting productions with VCASS achieving high scores for Drama and Theatre studies. Productions required year long preparation, and extensive study of Stanislavsky and various acting techniques. Jess began study of screen acting at VCA in 2014 working professionally since 2016. Combining teaching with acting, she offers artist development and coaching in this field.
“STAG (sic) presents two plays from the Jack Manning Trilogy, … Special mention must be made of the outstanding performances by … Jessica Hieser for her calm, intelligent portrayal of Manning in both performances.” Review by Cheryl Threadgold, Melbourne Observer, Nov 11, 2017
“ … Jack Manning was played with confidence by Jessica Hieser, who … presented an authoritive presence without becoming strident. As a catalyst and pivot for the narratives, Jack was an empathetic facilitator.” Review by Kate Dowling Trask, Nov 12, 2017
“She reminded me of Guy Pearce” Gail Armstrong, STAG president, on interpretation of Jack Manning, 2017
“Jessica brought an invaluable level of dedication to my project, and her willingness to go the extra mile for every scene was a testament to her committed attitude and care for the craft.” Director, Giles Campbell-Wright, Looking for Space, Feb 19, 2017
Jess Mansfield Philosopher, Author, Healer, Reiki Master/Teacher
Using the pen name Jess Mansfield in her book writing and healing work, Jess has worked with many clients providing Intuitive guidance, Reiki healing, and holistic support based on her Philosophy and experience as a fully accredited Reiki Master/Teacher. The General advice offered on this website is driven by this philosophy and teaching work.
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