Valentina Valentini

Journalist

I am a freelance journalist who was based in Los Angeles for eight years writing about the entertainment industry for the likes of Vanity Fair, Variety, Mashable and other publications of that ilk.

A year ago, I put belongings in storage and began the life of a digital nomad, 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

Travel & Food

The people making films above the 60th parallel
Two Yellowknife residents are using one-of-a-kind technology to connect communities separated by thousands of kilometres of ice and snow.
You've Never Experienced New Zealand Like This
Helena Bay, the country's first beachside luxury lodge, is finally giving travelers a reason to skip adventure-filled South Island for the milder North Island.
Where gravediggers drank their pints
As the photographer snapped the shutter, the man drinking a pint of Guinness in the front booth of John Kavanagh "The Gravediggers" pub held a newspaper up over his face,...
Secrets of Chipotle, Revealed by an Ex-Manager
Eating at Chipotle's about as straightforward as fast-casual gets. You stand at an assembly line and tell somebody what you want. They put it in a burrito or bowl. You get...
How to save hundreds of pounds on flights, according to an expert
Scott Keyes has saved his followers a lot of money. In the past 18 months, he reckons, he's helped them save around £20m on flights alone. He's the king of cheap and "mistake"...
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.
A Walk Along England's Curry Row
The young waiter, in a purple button-up and matching tie, stood over our table at Tandoori International listing off the specials in the typical thick South Shields "Geordie"...
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...
Top Scuba Diving Sites Around the World
As anyone who's ever glimpsed under the earth's watery surface knows, there's a whole new world to explore down below. Dive deeper, and it's a universe unlike anything ever seen...
Real Whiskey Is Coming Back To Dublin After 125 Years
Teeling Whiskey, run by brothers Stephen and Jack Teeling, is the first distillery to produce the liquor in Dublin in more than a century. Yes, you read that right: The...
Cow by Bear, San Diego's Strangest Pop-Up, Has Its Own Short Doc Series
After they met, Bear ended up inviting Evans to a dinner and became quick friends. It was unusual that Bear, who is totally a bear and totally not a human who cooks in a bear...
The Seven Summits by Age Twelve /// Adventure.com
Mount Whitney - the highest peak in the contiguous United States and Tyler's first big climb on July 26, 2001 at age seven - is a 22-mile hike up 14,000 feet, and Tyler did it...
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...

Personal Essays

How I figured out I was dating a drug dealer
There's a picture of me from that night - with a giant panda head on. I should have known then what I was in for, but that's half the fun - or torture - of growing up, isn't it?...
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...
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...
In Defense Of Having A Much Younger Boyfriend
My friends and family have always gotten giddy when I've told them about a new love interest. They want to hear all about him and how we met. And when I tell them about my...

Entertainment

Take a Peek Inside Jackie Kennedy's Closet
Dressing one of the most iconic fashion figures of the 20th century might seem like a daunting task, but for costume designer Madeline Fontaine-who has created spectacular looks...
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...
Why Colin Hanks Turned to a Painful Story for His Second Documentary
Colin Hanks was in New York City for the Tribeca Film Festival when he decided to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum last April. "What really resonated with me-the thing that made...
Ruth Wilson Navigates Shades of Gray, On and Off of The Affair
In over a decade of film and television work, Ruth Wilson has played characters named Alice or Alison no less than four times-on the British series Freezing, three seasons of...
The ad industry is taking a huge step toward including female directors
Mashable Debuts exclusively premieres music, videos, artwork, trailers and more. You saw it here first! Two months ago, Mashable exclusively reported that less than 10% of...
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...
Johnny Simmons Finds His Footing
After dozens of roles as "that kid you recognize but can't remember his name" in films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World , and Robert Redford's...

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