Hello! My name is Joe Jennings and I coordinate and film skydiving stunts for movies and commercials. I was born in St. Louis Missouri into a loving family that moved to the east coast and six different cities by the time I graduated high school. At 19 years old, I bought a one way ticket to California and lived in Venice, Santa Cruz, Pomona, and Redondo beach before settling into Palos Verdes with my wife, Sissy. Sissy was born in Iran, but in 1979, at 12 years old, she was forced to flee the Iranian revolution when Ayatollah Khomeini came into power. Her family escaped on on an airplane the same day that Khomeini arrived and closed down every airport in the country. She was 17 when we met in Santa Cruz California and by the time her family moved to Los Angeles a couple years later I was pretty much wrapped around her finger, so I moved to Southern California and have been here ever since. Today we live In Palos Verdes, CA dwarfed by our two giant sons, Joey and Sammy, who are 22 and 24.
In college, I literally came just one class away from a bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in Spanish. But my video production company was growing and Rob Harris and I were training full time so I walked away from college, a decision I sometimes regret. Maybe one day when I’m in my 60s, I’ll finish up and graduate.
Overall though, I’m grateful for the path I chose. Today, my resume is filled with all kinds of shiny awards and I still love coordinating and making movies with my friends.