The life of actor/choreographer/musician Columbus Short has been punctuated with trauma that extends well beyond the plot lines of his previous role on the hit series Scandal. Short has lived many lives packed into one-from a family filled with turmoil to tumultuous love affairs and enough scandals of his own. But somewhere in the middle, Short’s realization that there has to be a better way comes into full view. “Short Stories” not only details Columbus Short’s journey from childhood to Hollywood, it shows how even the most checkered of pasts can create a different person with the right amount of will and drive, especially when it comes to fulfilling your true destiny.
Columbus Short, a film and television actor, producer and singer/songwriter is best known for his role in ABC’s Scandal (Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn), Stomp the Yard (Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Meagan Good), Cadillac Records (Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyonce), Armored (Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne), and The Losers (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba). Short choreographed and creative directed Britney Spears’s Onyx Hotel Tour at the age of 20. His acting debut came as a dancer in You Got Served. He then embarked on a career in television, appearing twice in the Disney Channel Original Series, That’s So Raven, as well as ER and Judging Amy. In 2005, Short founded a film and television production company, Great Picture Show Productions, developed from his passion for writing and producing. The company executive-produced Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming, Strange Fruit and TVOne Original Movie Mr. Right. In 2008, Short won Best Ensemble for Cadillac Records at the Black Reel Awards and was nominated for Best Breakthrough Performance. In 2009, he won the Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Cadillac Records. Short starred in and produced the film True To The Game, based on New York Times Best Selling Author Teri Woods’ urban classic novel of the same name. The film is also co-produced by famed Casting Director, Leah Daniels-Butler (FOX’s Empire, Precious, The Paperboy) and will star Vivica Fox, and Nelsan Ellis.
Marisa Mendez is a media personality and journalist who has built her reputation around all things digital, working for some of the biggest names in entertainment and hip-hop. The New Jersey native is most recognized for her work as the co-host of Joe Budden’s I’ll Name This Podcast Later, at Hot 97 on Ebro In The Morning, and as a writer on Funkmaster Flex’s blog, In Flex We Trust. After leaving Joe’s podcast, Marisa launched her own, Marisa Explains It All, which hit number one on iTunes’ Music Podcasts chart after just two episodes. In addition to her career on the mic, she is also a digital strategist, and has managed social media campaigns for Pusha T’s clothing line Play Cloths, French Montana, Swizz Beatz, Nicki Minaj and more.