2008-2010 Coahoma Comm. College, Radio & TV Broadcasting, A.A.
2010-2012 Univ. of Memphis, Film and Video Production, B.A.
2012-2016 Univ. of Maryland-Univ. College, Communication Studies, B.F.A. / M.F.A.
2015-Present New York Film Academy, Filmmaking, Ph.D.
Born Jaleesa Collins on May 19, 1992 in Clarksdale, MS. It all started from writing, which inspired her to filter over into the journey of music production, which then led to scriptwriting, graphic designing, and most of all - photography! She was first introduced to a camera and the world of photography at the age of 6. This is when she adopted art and mass media as a hobby and photography and graphics designing became her favorite pastime.
Jaleesa, who is known to many as Diamond, went on to graduate at the top of her class from Clarksdale High School in May of 2010 and attended Coahoma Community College on a full scholarship where she received her Associate's of Arts degree in Radio & Television Broadcasting in her first year. She went on to further her education at the University of Memphis where she majored in Film and Video Production, and later attended the University of Maryland-University College, majoring in Communication Studies with a concentration in Journalism and Professional Writing. She is currently studying Filmmaking at the Los Angeles campus of the New York Film Academy, as a Graduate student working towards her Ph.D.
Jaleesa always had dreams of becoming a successful film director and screenwriter with hopes and aspirations of doing photography and graphics as a favorite pastime. But before all of this could be completed, those dreams and aspirations took a backseat once she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in February of 2011.
However, she refused to leave those dreams behind and let them die while she was active duty in the military. She took them with her and specialized in Communications while serving her country proudly. It was here where she came up with the plan to put her ideas and visual thoughts into existence. Later, she created Jaleesa Collins and Company, an independent media group that specializes in music and video production, filmmaking, screenwriting, photography, graphics designing, clothing design, event planning, and booking and promotion.
Who knew that doing these things as an every day pastime would later become a very profitable occupation and lifelong career? This has sparked the business she runs today known as Jaleesa Collins Photography and parent company, Jaleesa Collins & Co., which led to her success as a photographer and compliments her among other titles and positions as well as accolades and accomplishments.