Jessie Dax-Setkus is a freelance journalist/copywriter hybrid that has also taken on the healthcare, social media, SEO, blogging, and non-profit worlds. She has written for a large variety of publications and websites, such as OC Family magazine, PaleoHacks, LOCALE magazine, and 7Deadly. Jessie has taken on a vast variety of topics including the food and bar scene, music, travel, personality and pop culture, family, healthcare, activity, and advertising. She recently landed the cover of the OC Family magazine (a publication of the OC Register) with her feature Six Fun Hikes for the Whole Family.
Jessie is a music fanatic who could proudly take on music buffs in trivia competitions revolving around time periods spanning from the 1960s to present day without blinking an eye. She has interviewed musicians with backgrounds spanning from indie L.A. artists to "twin powerhouse" Andi and Alex Peot of The Voice.
Although she has left her crowd surfing days behind, catching a great concert with her husband and friends is one of Jessie’s favorite pastimes. Some of her favorite shows have included The Rolling Stones, Motley Crüe, Aerosmith, and the L.A. Guns.
Food and Bar Scene
Jessie has a passion for both the food she eats as well as the distilling and brewing process that makes the bar scene possible. As a 10-year vegetarian, she believes vegetarians can eat just as well as the carnivorous population if you know what dishes and locations to look for.
She wrote the piece 9 Restaurants in Fullerton and Brea That Will Make Your Mouth Water for LOCALE magazine that went viral within 24 hours. It was viewed by over 25,000 people within 48 hours, and is currently just shy of 70,000 views. It was the highest viewed piece for five consecutive months, and still stands on the top five list for overall hits at LOCALE since they have been established.
She has written numerous features about craft brewers and distillers throughout her career, and also occasionally works at the popular West Coast liquor shop, BevMo. She has done this as a hobby for the last two years simply because of her love for the products.
Cooking is also something Jessie regularly does at home with her husband. She also grows her own herbs that she uses on a daily basis — they are the crux of a great dish after all.
Traveling is one of Jessie’s favorite things to do and write about. In college, Jessie studied abroad in Stuttgart, Germany for six months. This is where she met her Lithuanian husband. She has visited countries such as Austria, Lithuania, Latvia, Italy, Spain, England, Ireland, by herself and has even gone skydiving in the Swiss Alps.
Las Vegas is a city she frequents. She has proudly written pieces about 'the Strip,' including Las Vegas’ Hot Spot for Millennials, Settling Into a Fabulous Weekend Getaway in Las Vegas, and Winding Down on Your Trip to the LINQ Hotel & Casino (featuring none other than the new LINQ hotel). She was also able to see The Weeknd and Calvin Harris perform while visiting Las Vegas.
Jessie has been a type 1 diabetic for 20 years and passionately attempts to help others maintain their metabolic afflictions through diet as much as possible like she does. She has been involved in many non-profit organizations including, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the PADRE Foundation, CHOC Hospital, and Vox Pop films to help others affected with type 1 diabetes.
Other Interests and Hobbies
Jessie has many quirky interests and hobbies. She is obsessed with hedgehogs, and collects hedgehog knick-knacks to display throughout her home. She also enjoys gardening, meditating, and coloring as they prove to be amazing stress relievers. Jessie has always been a bookworm who enjoys the works of Edgar Allen Poe, The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. She also thoroughly enjoys a well-executed horror movie. To see some of her completed work or to get to know Jessie more, please visit her website at cargocollective.com/jessiedaxsetkus.