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Chico, CA
Performance Artist/Rollergirl

Born and raised on a small ranch in Palo Cedro, California, Jessica Smith graduated from Foothill High School in Redding, California. She moved to Chico, California when she was 18 years old to move to a town that supports the arts.

Smith is a performance artist and designer. As a performance artist, she does various fire-related performances using fire hula hoops, poi, staff and batons…often times on stilts. She has participated in California's Burning Man Festival for the last eight years, as well as continually performing all over the state of California.

Most recently, Smith was a Nor Cal Roller girl who went by the name "Flicka Flame." She was also the team captain of the undefeated Roller Derby Team titled "VooDoo Dolls," where she also designed the uniforms and was the artistic coordinator of the theme (she named the team and created the theatrics). She is also an all-star member of "Hustlers."

Smith was previously employed as a costume shop manager and designer, event promoter and fabric store employee. She describes herself as adventurous, creative, hard-working, self-disciplined and sociable.

Jessica Smith currently resides in Chico, California, with her cat, Alita. Her birth date is January 22, 1979

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--- Quote ---Chico's "Flica Flame" will test her mettle on "Survivor: Cook Islands"

It's true.
Fans of the show "Survivor" and fans of Chico's NorCal Roller Derby will have a chance to see a Chico gal compete on the popular reality show that begins at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 on CBS.

"Flica Flame," whose real name is Jessica Smith, was confirmed as a contestant on the show in a CBS news release Wednesday.

The Enterprise-Record recently reported that friends of the 27-year-old roller derby contestant believed she was to be among the "Survivor" cast filming in the Cook Islands off Australia.

The show's producers contacted an organizer for the Chico roller derby group asking if they had any interesting women to take part in the show.

All of the skaters are interesting, and some names were forwarded, including Smith's. In addition to being known as a tough roller derby player, Smith also performs on stilts and dances with fire.

After Smith was asked to audition, she dropped out of her Chico social circles and her roller derby friends wondered where she went.

CalSkate owner Mike Seko said he noticed a surge of hits on the NorCal Roller Derby Web site 
as he perused some "spoiler sites" on the Internet, where speculation is made as to who will be the next contestants on the show. Several Web sites put Smith as a possibility for the upcoming show.

Flica's MySpace Web site showed she last logged on June 20, about the time the show was about to start taping.

Seko said he hopes Smith's participation in "Survivor" will continue to encourage local interest in the Chico roller derby team, which competes at CalSkate and draws large crowds.

There are four Chico roller derby teams, and each has a different theme. Flica was captain of the Voo Doo Dolls, where the skaters paint their faces like savage tribal members and wear costumes that correspond to their name
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thanks Kogs... Funny when I first saw her I thougth of Courtney. . .  then in the article it said she was a fire dancer

'Survivor' Contestant Seen Back in Town, Keeping Quiet
Chico Enterprise Record - 9.1.06

By Heather Hacking

Imagine being on one of the most exciting vacations of your life, then coming home and not being able to talk about it.

That's the case for Chico roller derby gal Flica Flame, whose real name is Jessica Smith. She came back to town recently after being on the reality TV show and contest "Survivor."

The terms of her contract with television network CBS state that she isn't allowed to tell anyone how it went in the Cook Islands off Australia until after the series has aired.

Smith, who was captain last season on the roller derby team the Voodoo Dolls in the NorCal Roller Girls league, showed up at practice at Chico's Cal Skate Sunday, said owner Mike Seko.

Understandably, her former roller derby teammates were excited to see her, but they will have to wait until she is voted off the show or wins before getting the full story.

Colleen Sullivan, who does publicity for "Survivor," said CBS plans a big media blitz on their station affiliates when the show is over.

In the meantime, Flica is required to "lie low," Sullivan said. She can go back to work and live her normal life. If someone sees her on the street and snaps her photograph, the show's producers can't stop that. But she's not allowed to do interviews with the media and is not supposed to tell people about the adventure.

Bridget Mickelson is on the roller derby league and said she heard Smith has been out and about around town, but has been wearing a wig over her dreadlocks and sunglasses so she won't be recognized. Mickelson said she was told Smith is currently attending the Burning Man festival outside of Reno.

Seko said he is uncertain whether Smith wants to return to roller derby when the season starts up this month. He said she told him she wants to work with kids and do face-painting.

When "Survivor" begins to air on CBS Sept. 14, Seko said the plan is to find a place for the roller derby girls to watch it, someplace where they can make an evening of it and buy dinner.

He said he can understand why the producers of the show chose Flica. He said his wife first met her when Smith worked at a fabric store.

"My wife immediately saw someone who was completely interesting," Seko said. In addition to roller derby, she performs using fire and walks on stilts.

Each of the roller derby gals have flair. Seko has said it's interesting to watch their alter egos come out on the skating rink, where they dress up in sexy costumes and zing around the rink aggressively.

"It's such an interesting group of people who participate. It seems like fertile ground for entertainment companies," he said.

It was CBS that called Cal Skate, specifically looking for a roller derby member for "Survivor."

Monday, Seko's wife got an e-mail from the producers of "Wife Swap" on ABC, which chronicles women who trade lives temporarily with someone very different than them. The producers were interested in finding a roller derby wife to be on the show, Seko said.

Chico's roller derby league was popular last season, drawing large crowds.

The publicity about Flica Flame hasn't hurt. Tryouts for the upcoming season occurred recently, and Seko said at least a dozen women didn't make the teams because they had run out of room.

He said he gets three or four e-mails a week from people who want to be on the list to try out in the future.

The producers of "Survivor" have received some flak in the media after announcing that the show's four tribes will start out divided by race — Asians, Hispanics, blacks and whites. The show's producers have defended the move, saying they came up with the idea after people criticized the show for not being racially diverse.

Last season, the show's tribes were divided among older men, younger men, older women and younger women.


--- Quote from: puddin on August 23, 2006, 09:24:18 AM ---Jessica
Chico, CA
Performance Artist/Rollergirl

Born and raised on a small ranch in Palo Cedro, California, Jessica Smith graduated from Foothill High School in Redding, California. She moved to Chico, California when she was 18 years old to move to a town that supports the arts.

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I happen to live in a town between the two mentioned in the article above, and I often shop in those two towns.   :tup:

Jessica also reminded me of Courtney.  Too bad she messed up right off the bat by absentmindedly picking up the box where the chickens were corralled.  Jonathan might want to get rid of her just for doing that, especially since he had robbed one of those chickens from another tribe's stuff on the boat!   :lol3: 
I felt kinda sorry for Jessica when she did that.  It reminded me of Sally last season, when she went fishing with the sling and lost spear right away.  It wasn't smart, but things like that happen.   :(


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