Mellini Kantayya is the critically acclaimed author of Actor. Writer. Whatever. (essays on my rise to the top of the bottom of the entertainment industry). She is a writer, actor, culture critic and humorist.

Her work has been seen in Okayplayer and regularly in The Huffington Post. She has been a commentator on NPR affiliates and lectures at colleges. Her acting credits can be found on IMDb.

Mellini has been a storyteller at the Mark Twain House and various venues in New York City. She has written screenplays, developed an education children's TV show, founded a film festival, directed plays and short films, and has even been a back-up dancer in a few hip hop videos (though she'll never tell you which ones).