She grew up attending vocal lessons and dance classes after school in addition to playing the piano and guitar. She also took acting classes and made her first major foray into acting when she was cast in a stage production as Ariel in Little Mermaid at the age of 12.
She performed live at the TikTok stage at VidCon 2016. Her leannetessa_ TikTok account has amassed more than 230,000 fans and over 2 million hearts.
Her family heritage is of multiple backgrounds that includes Italian, American Indian, Filipino, Irish, German, Spanish and Chinese. Her parents divorced when she was 7 years old.