Before social media, reality TV, cell phone cameras, and bottle service, Los Angeles was one girl’s paradise…

Author and Vinnie Chase, circa 2006

My nephew, Cal, is currently in Los Angeles as a WGA writer, SAG actor, and bonafide multi-hyphenate and yet he still regularly laments that he could experience Hollywood the way I did, in the 90’s and 2000’s. He moved to LA as a bright, young upstart and landed on my…


I guess when it comes to gangsters, I’m happy Forbes knows who to ask.

Courtesy of Forbes

Do I really think a former mob hit man can make it big in the brand world? Stranger things have happened. We live in a time where bankrupt reality tv stars can become president and amateur porn stars can grace the cover of Vogue. Is it only ok to be…


Some of these were even in my Amazon cart the day I met Jeff Bezos, and he still didn’t judge me.

Photo of the Vatican Staircase by Cristina Gottardi on Unsplash

Back in March of 2007, I was very much alone at a gorgeous, highly exclusive Oscar Party that my 7 year old daughter had really been the one invited to. She was a cherished Malibu playdate for the granddaughter of Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg, and since she really…


And that’s when I really learned something.

Oprah drawing attention to an amazing work of fiction and coming under fire from the Hispanic authors community.

It wasn’t until I had finished devouring American Dirt and was on to the author’s forward, eager to learn more about how this tale had come into the world, when I realized this was the book getting so much negative press a few…


I’m totally ready for my copper room and bed now, thank you.

Photo by Ilze Lucero on Unsplash

“We’ve seen viruses just blow apart,” says Bill Keevil, professor of environmental healthcare at the University of Southampton in the UK. Keevil seems to be the only person giving interviews about the anti-viral properties of copper; in all my online research his name keeps popping up again and again. As…


My ‘Top 8 Favorite Documentaries That Aren’t Boring’

They can’t all be Tiger King

My love of documentaries began many years ago-the combination of history nerd and a short attention span for non-fiction narratives. While this list won’t impress any academics or film buffs, it won’t turn off any superhero…


Why JOKER Was A Love Letter To My Childhood

My brother, far right, somewhere around ‘89

I put off watching Todd Phillips critically-eviscerated, billion-dollar megasuccess for quite a while, so forgive me if I’m late to this party. Most people who watched every excruciating minute of this two hour spectacle wouldn’t necessarily use that term to describe…

Valerie Michaels

Media entrepreneur and documentary film producer www.40mmmedia.com

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