Now 33 years old, Jesse is a low-profile producer and entertainment personality. He’s been making films with his sister, doing metal production work with his ex-girlfriend Nina Tahash, and occasionally hosting ‘90s-themed parties, TRL style.
He seems to have a solid sense of humor about his place in ‘90s nostalgia, reprising his VJ role in this music video for the band The Virgins. The song is appropriately titled, “Flashbacks, Memories, and Dreams.” Check it out below!
Anyone who watched TRL in its late-90s heyday (we know we did!) remembers Jesse Camp. The first-ever winner of the “Wanna Be a VJ” contest, Jesse rocketed to a successful, two-year run as class clown on the network, including his own show, Lunch With Jesse.
An LA Weekly profile in 2008 illuminated some of Jesse’s glitzy and rocky past before winning the contest at age 18. After graduating from boarding school at the Loomis Chaffee, the alma mater of such dignified names as John D. Rockefeller III, Jesse and his sister went on a terrifying-sounding road trip that seems hardly befitting of their privileged past. It even included a stop at a religious cult and meth lab in Idaho. Yes, you read that correctly.
We’re guessing it’s this combination of reckless youth and bright future that gave Jesse the charming -- and weirdly intruiging -- personality he needed to beat out the super-square James Holmes for the job that would become Jesse’s (short-lived) claim to fame. Looking like he rolled off the Sunset Strip in the ‘80s, Jesse dressed like an extra in a Motley Crue video, exactly opposite of what you might expect of a hype man for the clean-cut boy bands of the era.
Jesse enjoyed brief success as a career weirdo, but eventually it caught up to him. Sick of his reputation as the odd man out, Jesse struck a million-dollar record deal with his band, Jesse and the 8th Street Kidz. The band sold 80,000 copies of their debut album, and ended up owing their label $200,000. Ouch.
After that, Jesse mostly dropped out of the spotlight, other than a brief cameo in Britney Spears’s Crossroads and an occasional embarrassing tabloid appearance.