Valley Actress and DJ Lisa Short Talks Turning 30, Not Being Famous, and What She's Reading

If you ask Lisa Short what she does for a living, her answer would include a variety of career titles from online children's toy store manager to actress. She's been a local DJ in the Valley for years now, currently working for MY103.9, as well as working frequently as a commercial actress, and helping out several documentary projects around town.

Short's an Arizona native who relishes the sunshine, but she's recently spent a lot of time traveling all over the country, thanks to her motivational speaker-boyfriend, Kyle Maynard. We catch Lisa in town long enough to talk with us about her plans for 2013, the weirdest facts we don't know about her, plus we find out what she's been reading.

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In an era where everybody aspires to receive his or her 15 minutes of fame, regardless of the reason for achieving said "fame," Short is actually quite the opposite. She's fine, perhaps prefers, being an actress you've probably never seen or heard of before (unless you pay attention to health insurance commercials or work for any of the companies she's filmed training videos for), and she has no interest in pursuing the L.A. acting scene.

Lisa will turn 30 this year, and she intends on ringing in the big three-oh with a bang. "I want to go on an adventure. There is an organization in Phoenix called K2 Adventures that does philanthropic adventure trips in places like Mt. Kilimanjaro and Nepal. If all goes well, hopefully I will get to go on one of those trips."

What are you currently reading? I have reading-ADD so I always find myself bouncing between 4 to 5 books: -"Between the Bridge and the River" by Craig Ferguson -"Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius -"The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova -"Losing My Virginity: How I survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way" by Richard Branson Plus a variety of supermarket historical fiction romance novels for fun.

Which one pulls you in the most? "Between Bridge and the River," which is a sort of bizarre, semi-autobiographical novel about how interconnected we all are. (It's) interesting, funny, and a little crazy.

What was the last book you read? "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" by Geraldine Brooks

Is there a book next on your list? I have a mild book addiction, so the list of books I don't want to read might be shorter.

How do you pick your next book to read then? I have so many books around my apartment that I have waiting to read, so I can pretty much just grab one as I walk out the door.

What's your favorite way to read a good book? Anywhere, anytime. I always keep a book in my purse just in case I find myself with a few free minutes.

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