From cocktail waitress to TV producer – Who is Jessica Rogan?
Jessica Rogan (nee Schimmel) was born in Scottsdale, Arizona in the USA on 28th June 1978 under the sun sign of Cancer. After completing her studies, she started off as a cocktail waitress, yet her lifelong ambition, inspired by her famous comedian father, was to get involved in the entertainment industry. Jessica finally achieved her dream and became a prominent TV producer, however, her fame is mostly attributed to her celebrity status as the wife of American stand-up comedian, commentator and podcast host, Joe Rogan. Jessica currently holds the position of product specialist at Volvo Motorsports.
What do we know about Jessica Rogan’s family?
Jessica (now 40 years old) grew up with her five siblings – Max, Sam (half brother), Derek, Aaliyah and Jacob Schimmel. Her father, Robert Schimmel, was a popular ‘blue’ comedian in his time, delivering bawdy, risqué, sexual and profane humor.
When Jessica was 21, her mother, Vicki Schimmel divorced her father after she found out that he was having an affair with Jessica’s 25-year old friend, Melissa. Jessica admitted that she was uncomfortable with her friend, only four years her senior, becoming her step-mother.
Jessica dated Keven ‘Dino’ Conner, a member of the R&B vocal group ‘H-Town’. Together they had a daughter called Kayla in 1996, but their relationship broke-up in 2003, after which Keven, at the age of 28, was sadly killed in a motorcar accident in Houston, Texas ironically just two weeks after he had recorded a song entitled “The Day I Die”. Their daughter, Kayla is following in her father’s footsteps, and is making her mark as a talented singer.
In 2008 Jessica started dating Joseph James ‘Joe’ Rogan, and their first daughter was born in May 2008. Jessica and Joe got married in 2010 and their second daughter was born in that year. Joe might be a public figure and is very outspoken on his views, but he keeps his private life a secret, and doesn’t discuss personal matters relating to his wife and kids, to the point that even the names of their two daughters are unknown. Joe is very active and highly visible on social media, but it appears that Jessica prefers to keep their family life a secret as well, and has no social media accounts.
On 26 th August, 2010 her father Robert was hospitalized in a serious condition after a car accident, with his daughter, Aliyah who was the driver. Robert passed away on 3rd September. Aliyah (19 at the time) survived, and his son Jacob, who was also in the vehicle, escaped uninjured.
Jessica has light brown hair and grey/blue eyes, is 5ft 6in (1,68m) tall and is reported to weigh about 120lbs (54Kgs). On her YouTube video published in June 2014, she calls herself “A stunt driving, Irish dancing, product specialist”, and mentions that she is a trained stunt driver and competitive Irish Step Dancer – a little known fact about her. The family reside in Bel Canyon, California.
Jessica’s education and how she built her career
After completing her high school education, Jessica studied at California State University, and then went on to the University of Arizona where she majored in psychology. She worked as a cocktail waitress whilst looking out for a break in the entertainment business, and with her father’s influence and connections, she became a set and production assistant for 15 episodes on the famous animated comedy TV series, “The Simpsons”.
From 1999 to 2008 Jessica assisted in the production of the documentary movie, “Hollywood and Divine: Beauty Secrets Revealed”. She also featured alongside her father, Robert in some episodes of “The Howard Stern Show”, a radio talk show that aired from 1986 to 2005.
To make ends meet, in 2010 Jessica began modeling for EM Model Management, a Chinese company, and then undertook a series of modeling assignments for the Korean company, Wholesome. Although she discovered that she wasn’t cut out to be a model and didn’t enjoy that line of work, she continued with a few modeling assignments, some of which were in Europe, until her life did an about turn when she married Joe Rogan. Since then, Jessica has worked behind the scenes on the production of her husband’s TV shows.
Her first promotional job was with K-Pax Racing where she attended racing events around the US, preparing cars for shows, co-ordinating with racing officials, arranging K-Pax hospitality events and the VIP booth. Volvo Motorsports had vehicles partaking in the K-Pax races, and in May 2013 Jessica joined them as a product specialist. Amongst her other duties, she is responsible for current model line-up and concept cars, collecting leads and scheduling test drives.
About Jessica’s husband – Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan is a man of many talents – he is a stand-up comedian and actor, having acted the part of Joe Garrelli on the sitcom “NewsRadio” in the 1990s. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo and 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, with a blue belt in Judo, and has been a supporter of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) well before he joined them as a commentator.
Joe has also hosted “Fear Factor”, “The Man Show” and “Joe Rogan Questions Everything” as well as running his own podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience”. Through his comedy and the podcast he has expressed his support for the recreational and medical use of cannabis, mushrooms and DMT. Joe, although brought up Catholic, has stated that he is against the church and calls himself an agnostic.
What is Jessica Rogan’s net worth
According to informed sources, Jessica Rogan’s net worth, including her assets and income, is in the region of $1 million, not too shabby for someone who started off as a cocktail waitress! It is reputed that her husband, Joe, as a result of his numerous activities and huge social media following, has a net worth of over $25 million, so the family is certainly very stable financially.