In today’s episode I am kicking it with a very dear friend of mine, Cottrell Guidry.
Cottrell is an uber talented actor, writer and producer who is a true testament to having grit when it comes to your pursuing your dreams and to the power you gain when you stop taking things personally and release judgment of yourself and others.
When I met Cottrell 5 years ago we were in a leadership program together and it was there that I got to witness Cottrell open up to begin healing his past.
Cottrell grew up with a father who put drugs first and put him 2nd, so as a kid, Cottrell made up in his mind that he wasn’t good enough to be first and this played out for a lot of his life.
In this episode Cottrell shares a lot of the incredible lessons he’s learned as he’s freed himself of his past and how he shifted into worthiness to come first, to get the part, and to not take things personally which has led to his success.
Cottrell Guidry is an Actor/Producer/Writer. Cottrell has always been drawn to anything that had
to do with film and television, since childhood. At age 18 he started taking theater and quickly found himself in pursuit of an acting career in Los Angeles.
It took Cottrell 5 years in LA before he finally landed his first gig. With an unbreakable belief in himself and a serious love for movies and television, he started to book commercials. Cottrell wrote his first film called ‘The Big Test’ starring him, Kevin Fonteyne and Kat Graham but the film never was completed. He has written and starred in a sketch called ‘The Audition’ for Funny or Die that was a huge success. Cottrell created a show for Makers Studios called ‘Breaking the Record’ and wrote a parody for the Aids Healthcare Foundation called Out of the Closet Thrift Shop Parody that went viral on YouTube.
Cottrell has recently appeared on the television shows Powerless (NBC) and Criminal Minds (CBS). He’s on the board of directors for a non-profit called Engage The Vision, mentoring young kings at Martin Luther King Elementary School in South Central LA. Cottrell and his mentor Judah Isvaran created a training for the Covenant House, leading a group discussion about “How to be bigger than your circumstances.” And he just wrote, produced and starred in a film called Grimshaw, directed by Elyes Gabel (Scorpion) and co-starring Cornell Womack (Rescue Me). The film is about his experience growing up with a father that fell victim to the crack cocaine epidemic in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Cottrell, along with the rest of the Grimshaw team, will be making their festival rounds through the rest of 2018, early 2019.