Lauren is the founder of and head creative at Validvictorian. She lists her earliest film influences as Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Die Hard. She enjoys creating content for television, film, print and the web with female leads, lots of explosions and weapons, and representative of the real world.
Her words on gaming, music and the entertainment industry can be found on her personal site and the pop culture blog Black Girl Nerds. Her thoughts on film and additional commentary on the industry, film, television and video games can be found on CBC Radio One’s All In A Day, Offworld/BoingBoing, Real Feminist Stories, podcasts (Geek Homeworld, Black Girl Nerds, GameEnthus, Geek Soul Brother, Not Your Mama’s Gamer), YouTube and Periscope live broadcasts. She’s done red carpet press coverage at the Toronto International Film Festival and is the co-host of Nerds of Prey, a bi-weekly nerd culture podcast.
You can find always find her writing and creating…or on Twitter…or at the gun range…or cruising in a stolen car causing mischief around Los Santos…or patrolling the Commonwealth for Deathclaws…or taking down dragons in Skyrim.
Chief executive Officer
Chicovia is in charge of wrangling the creatives that run amok. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering as well as an MBA. Prior to moving into business, she engaged in a more technically driven career that helped her develop problem solving and risk assessment skills. She used this experience to leverage into a career of negotiating major transactions as well as project management, consulting and strategy development.
Chicovia is an avid fan of sports, when her teams are not killing her little by little. She also enjoys sci-fi shows and movies and constantly believes the real world is delving into the dystopian movie scenes of such favorites as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. She's Team Skynet all day, supports vigilantes and lists Sidney Bristow (Alias) and Michael Weston(Burn Notice) as her favorite fake people to watch.
In her spare time, she loves to travel the world and has a goal to see all seven continents in her lifetime.
Marketing and branding
Shanelle is a marketing guru with more than 10 years of experience with a focus on making a high impact on revenue and brand goals.
When she is not begging Lauren, Sr. and Lauren, Jr. to stop giving away free content on social media and lamenting the perils of content vultures, she spends her time in complex media negotiations with her trio of tiny humans ages 6, 4, and 2. They are currently winning, but she thinks she has a chance at the next round. She has very strong opinions on tacos, and the best types of crushed ice. Her hobbies include generating unpopular opinions, indoctrinating her children in the Marvel vs. DC showdown and family travel.
She still eats gluten.
Lauren Jr. is a writer at Validvictorian Productions. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, she has a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the University of Georgia and Texas A&M University, respectively. During the day, Lauren works diligently as a Senior Researcher in the fields of terrorism/violent extremism and women, peace, and security. As a thespian, Lauren spent several years in the theater where her tiny acting credits include Dreamgirls, Once on this Island, Grease, Once upon a Mattress, and The Wiz.
When she’s not serving as ½ of the Drunk on Books podcast, Lauren can be found debating music, live-tweeting her favorite television shows or writing scripts for her never-ending list of future projects. Her earliest television and movie influences all feature strong female leads including: The Long Kiss Goodnight, I Love Lucy, The First Wives Club, What’s Love Got To Do With It? and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.