Jesse Camp exploded into the public consciousness in 1998 when he won MTV's Wanna Be a VJ
contest and started appearing on TRL
, eventually even garnering his own show called Lunch With Jesse
. The lovable waif was known for his freewheeling, positive attitude and outrageous attire that looked like a mix between Joey Ramone, Steven Tyler and a drag queen. What has been been doing since his heyday on MTV?
Camp tried to parlay his newfound fame into a rock career by cutting an album under the name Jesse & The 8th Street Kidz
. The effort was met with less than laudatory reviews
from critics and currently holds the 339,190th spot on the Amazon sales charts.
After his career as a rock star didn't pan out, Camp headed to Hollywood. He dabbled in acting and even had a walk-on role in the 2002 Britney Spears film Crossroads
. After that he reportedly held down oddball jobs like being a clerk at a Feed & Supply company and a telemarketer for a liberal non-profit organization. In an interview with LA Weekly
he says he's currently making movies with his sister in Los Angeles and said, "As long as you have a vision, that will create enough positive energy within you to keep going".
Keep rocking, Jesse.