JoAnna-Leigh was born in Moultrie, Georgia. She was raised primarily in Wisconsin. Her love of film piqued her interest in acting at a very young age. She would put on her own plays at home for her mother. From childhood to adulthood she modeled professionally. Upon moving to San Diego California she stopped modeling to focus on her schooling. After graduation, she moved back to Wisconsin.A few years later, began pursuing acting as her career and was cast in a small role for a commercial. In April 2013, she landed her first feature film Captain America - Winter Soldier, as a SHEILD Agent on-camera extra. In addition, in that very same month she became a performer for Actors, Models, Talent for Christ (AMTC). She landed her first speaking role as an FBI Agent in a Documentary that was locally produced and filmed in Wisconsin (summer, 2013). It was recently announced in April 2014 that JoAnna-Leigh was cast as "Cindy Winterfield", the lead role in the short film -Rebus Underground-. (Pre- production 2015).