Valentina Valentini

Journalist

I am a freelance journalist that was based in Los Angeles for seven years writing about the entertainment industry for the likes of Vanity Fair, Variety, Mashable and many more. I've recently put my belongings in storage and am attempting a digital nomad life writing personal essays, travel pieces, cultural and human interest stories and adventurous tales.

I'm also a copywriter and producer when the right situation calls for it.

Portfolio

Personal Essays

I was sure I was flirt-texting with The One. Until he saw me on Instagram
It would be a small wedding. Nothing gaudy or over-the-top. Maybe we'd even elope. Admittedly, we'd only been texting for 24 hours, but I was sure this was The One. It began at...
Memories of a Vineyard summer girl - Martha's Vineyard Times
Inside corner to inside corner. I have adult friends to this day who still don't know how to fold sheets. Turn them inside-out and pinch each corner, bringing them together to...

Travel

The Rays in Cuba, the Faces in the Crowd: Photo Essay | VICE Sports
In March, the Rays visited Cuba for a historic game. Photographer Megan Miller captured the Cuban fans lucky enough to be there.
These digital nomads are going to sail the world while they work
Imagine facing another day of work on your computer, full of Skype meetings, email threads and spreadsheets. But instead of rolling out of bed and trucking it to the office, you...
I Went to the Appalachian Queer Film Festival
I wasn't nervous about going to rural West Virginia until people asked me if I was. "They do a lot of pills," my sister said. "They drink a lot," said someone else. "Watch out...
The Traveling Salesman - SMASHD - Tech | Culture | Hustle
In general, when you answer a door it's because you've ordered take out, a package is being delivered, or it's Jehovas' Witnesses. Other than that, knocks are fairly few these...

Entertainment

Michelle Obama Won't Run For President but Will "Go Into My 60s Blazing"
It was a fair question to ask. " Michelle Obama, will you run for president?" asked Queen Latifah, part of badass panel of women gathered to kick off the SXSW music programming...
Yes, There Is Room for Two O.J. Simpson Miniseries
Around the second episode of O.J.: Made in America, you may think to yourself, "Not much has changed in 22 years." Football players are still American heroes, celebrity scandals...
Inside Sundance's Holy Hell, With Exclusive Photographs of Cult Life at Buddhafield
When a movie that is set to premiere at Sundance Film Festival has an anonymous director, it's sure to create buzz.
Black List Celebrates 10 Years as Haven for Screenwriters
In a business where the highest praise is often reserved for directors and stars, the Black List aims to be a haven for writers - an archive where the creators of concept,...
Sundance Valley or Silicon Film Festival? Either way, it's getting there
PARK CITY, Utah - It's been a while since Sundance was just about buying and selling movies, and as much as film purists may hate to admit it, technology companies have staked...
John Cena Embraces His Comedic Side in 'Trainwreck'
(It's never a good idea to start off a story with a cliché, but bear with me a moment.) Don't judge a book by its cover. (It's also never a good idea to start off a story with...
Meet Director Colin Trevorrow, 'Jurassic World's New Alpha
Most of us remember exactly where we were when Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park opened in 1993. For me, it was the day school got out and I was holding the sweaty hand of Johnny...
Orange Is the New Black's Matt McGorry on Why Bennett Wants to Be a Hero But Can't
Matt McGorry - now a household name because of his roles as Officer Bennett on Orange Is the New Black and Asher Millstone on How to Get Away With Murder - premiered a film, How...
Refinery29 Already Has 25 Million Fans, Now It Wants To Win At Sundance
The lower Manhattan Refinery29 office in spring is the real-life equivalent of the lifestyle company's website. It's all whites and pastels, women everywhere in fashion-forward...

Culture

The Drone Racing Gold Rush | VICE Sports
Inside the abandoned Hawthorne Plaza Mall in L.A., about 15 minutes from LAX, the buzz of drones echoed eerily through the 900,000-square-foot space. The cool cement and...
The Vigilante Pastor
Every day, Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko fights two wars. He tries to keep the Russian Army at bay from taking over his Ukranian home of Mariupol, and he tries to save children...
Why a Bunch of English Expats in the Film Industry Formed a Soccer Club - Los Angeles Magazine
The UFP is an eclectic mix of directors, screenwriters, two pro soccer players, and an heir to the British throne Photograph by Chris Baldwin Body slams, broken ribs,...

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