Creating content that shifts the ordinary...
Actor, Model, DJ, Producer, Filmmaker
Cottrell Guidry is an actor, writer, and producer, known for his innovative storylines that promote diversity, bend stereotypes,
and spark an emotional connection.
Born in Long Beach CA, Cottrell has always been drawn to storytelling. He grew up with an older sister that had a love for classic movies and musicals, introducing him to Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, and his all-time favorite Sydney Portier. Cottrell started taking theater at his local college and quickly fell in love. He left school and moved to Los Angeles to start pursuing acting. Not knowing how to get into the industry, he started taking scene study and improv classes, meeting like-minded, and hungry storytellers to collaborate with. Once he built up his network, he began writing, producing, and starring in his own sketches and short films. He's written and produced sketches for Maker's Studios, Funny or Die, and the Aids Healthcare Foundation. He then switch gears and wrote, starred in, and produced a dramatic short loosely based on his life called Grimshaw. Grimshaw screened at Soho House West Hollywood, The Hollyshorts, and made it into the top 5 in the HBO competition at Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival. Cottrell currently holds the life rights and is developing a film about the first black football player, to fully integrate the NFL, Kenny Washington. As an Actor, Cottrell has worked on the TV shows Powerless (NBC), Criminal Minds (CBS), American Soul (BET), Cherish the Day (Own), and Dynasty (CW) to name a few. His portrayal of the character "Brandon" in Grimshaw earned him an article in LA Confidential Magazine as "An actor to watch out for." Recently he co-starred in Venus As A Boy which won the audience award at Tribeca Film Festival 2021 and can be seen on Hulu. Aside from acting, Cottrell has a passion for working with nonprofits and mentoring inner-city youth. He's on the board of directors for a mentor group called Engage the Vision, based in South Central Los Angles. Cottrell has taught workshops at the youth transitional living shelter called the Covenant House.