Cottrell Guidry is a California Native, raised in Long Beach, CA now residing in West Hollywood, CA. Growing up he spent his days watching movies and decided at a young age that Hollywood is where he wanted to be.
How Cottrell got his start in the acting world was writing and starring in sketches for websites such as Funny or Die and The Aids Healthcare Foundation. Shortly after, Cottrell became a very sought after commercial actor and then eventually was cast in Television and Film. Recently Cottrell has guest starred on the television shows Powerless (NBC) and Criminal Minds (CBS). In 2018 Cottrell released his first short film that he wrote, produced and starred in entitled Grimshaw. This film portrays a young man struggling with drug addiction and growing up without his father, which is based loosely on Cottrell’s own life.
So far Grimshaw has shown at Mammoth Film Festival, at a private screening at Soho House West Hollywood, sponsored by Peroni and is scheduled to show at Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival. Cottrell's work on Grimshaw earned him a write up in the magazine LA Confidential, as a young filmmaker to watch out for.
Aside from working on industry projects, Cottrell also dedicates his time as a Board of Directors member for the non-profit, Engage The Vision. The group works with young boys at MLK Elementary School in South Central LA, teaching them how to be bigger than their circumstances.
William Tyler is an emerging artist/influencer whose work certainly deserves your attention. His work reflects the diverse influences of modern day street art. Driven by raw talent and intuition; his subject matter reflects self-discovery.
His interest in art began at a very young age, drawing things he would see in everyday life. He was brought up in East Texas where the arts were rarely encouraged as a career path. Because of this, William never saw art as apossible future, but more just as a hobby. His local community revolved around sports and everyone he knew aspired to be a professional athlete of some sort. So, naturally he played as many sports as possible trying to find his niche. Despite his athleticism, he knew deep down it wasn’t his calling.
His first year out of high school (2010), he moved into a loft in downtown Dallas. This was where he began to experiment with a variety of paints. Inspired by Banksy, he would spend countless hours painting large murals on the walls of his home. In time, William would begin painting on canvas, continuing to expand hisartistic process. October 01, 2016 is when he decided to share his art with the community for the first time and sold 4 of the 5 paintings he displayed. This sparked a flame that motivated him to strive for a full-time career involving his art.
When William isn’t working on his art endeavors, he enjoys his lifestyle as a model and an influencer. He states that all three of his passions are in perfect balance and allow him to truly do what he loves. He is currently studying graffiti art and vandalism prevention programs to take his passion to the next level. He is without a doubt an artist preparing for a larger impact on the world; you can expect to see great things in his future.