TV Host & Producer, Author, Columnist, Blogger, Speaker
TV HOST & PRODUCER
Touted as “Orlando’s Oprah”, Michelle Valentine hosts & produces the educational world travel TV show, “Love, Eat, Travel”, airing on TV in late 2018. Concurrently she is seen on the air on two (2) other television programs: “The Dating Show” a 7-episode television series licensed and airing nationally on TV stations in the USA. The “Michelle Valentine Show” premiered in Florida airing on local cable Time Warner Communications, then grew to national airing in 2014, and now (2106) is available on 15 million Vizio SmartTV’s. In-studio segments of the “Michelle Valentine Show” provides traditional (yet savvy) psychological advice during the “Dear Michelle Valentine” advice panel segments (“Oprah” meets “The View” meets “Sex And The City“), with interviews of celebrities, psychologists, marriage counselors, and romance novelists – providing viewers with educational information to use to enrich their life. Plus cooking segments to help you eat healthier. “The Dating Show” and “Michelle Valentine TV” apps are available to 250 million users of smartphones/tablets/TV’s! In addition to her hosting & producing her own TV talk show, Michelle Valentine is a “media darling” and a highly sought-after guest for other TV shows and news programs. She’s been a guest expert on national FOX TV on the Rob Nelson Show, discussing matchmaking, gold diggers, and her online dating book. Featured on national PBS titled “The Matchmaker“, a feature biography story about her life, as a relationship expert on ABC/CBS/NBC news affiliates including Good Day Orlando, and she’s provided on-air call-in relationship advice on BBC radio, Up All Night and WXXL’s 106.7 FM Doc & Johnny Show and WTKS 104.1 FM radio shows The Monsters of the Midday and The Drew Garabo Show. Michelle Valentine‘s career in television started when she was just a teenager, sort of as the “first Martha Stewart“, creating the concept of an arts & crafts TV program titled, “Michelle’s Craft Show“. In her late twenties, she went on to host & produce a music entertainment TV program, “Offstage“, which was voted “Best of Detroit” for entertainment TV show. “Offstage” grew from its focus of providing TV exposure for local bands & musicians – to eventually having the “big boys” calling from WEA (Warner Electra Atlantic Records) and Capital Records, to promote their international rock bands to the Detroit market. Michelle Valentine found herself schmoozing with Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Metallica, Pantera, Dream Theatre, and many more international acts. Other television programs Michelle Valentine has created, hosted, and produced: “Michigan Shopping Network” a local home-shopping program; “LVogue” a women’s fashion & beauty program; “Pets On Parade” an animal adoption program; and “Hamtramck’s Future” a political program that created such controversy, it secured front-page news of the local newspaper, public outcry, and immediate cancellation!
“Michelle Valentine TV Show was a great way to show off our restaurant. Our staff is excited to do more shows because the response brought in so much business. Customers saw the show and thought it was great – we even had one man propose to his fiancee after seeing the show that billed us as a romantic destination!” Nicole Resmondo, Proprietor, Cafe Trastevere, downtown Orlando
“Thank you and your television crew for filming our ‘How to Write a Romance Novel’ workshop. Our event was a phenomenal success… We had 103 registrants – twice what we expected!” Catherine Kean, Co-Chair, Central Florida Romance Writers
“Not too long ago you did a show on the Riverview Hotel in New Smyrna Beach. You also visited a restaurant while there. Would you please send me the name of the restaurant again, as I’m taking my wife to the Riverview for our 27th anniversary and I want to take her to the restaurant, too! Thank you.” Larry Swinburn, viewer
SPEAKER & EDUCATOR
Michelle Valentine is a highly sought after keynote and motivational speaker. Whether talking to an audience of high school students; to 30,000 attendees during a Southern Women’s Show convention; or to world-traveling vacationers aboard a Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, or Princess cruise – Michelle Valentine is a dynamic speaker who inspires and motivates others to see themselves and the world around them in a new light. She speaks about and leads workshops on psychological and social issues ranging from dating dilemmas, relationship makeovers, work-life balance, and discovering new career paths & choices. She also provides seminars on the television industry, business / entrepreneurship, and historical and contemporary art. Her speaking talents have made her a television and radio favorite as both a host and expert, and have created an international interest in her speaking services. Make your next event shine by booking Michelle Valentine to speak at your next special event: ladies’ luncheon, awards banquet, charity benefit, career fair, cruise, motivational convention, dating expo, etc. During her university psychological studies, Michelle Valentine worked for a United Way-funded family services center in Detroit, Michigan, which had a mission of providing a caring and nurturing environment for the young children of Detroit as a positive alternative to the streets; providing young children with after-school programs that enrich their lives and encourage academic, athletic and artistic achievement, and gave children guidance in developing long-term decision-making skills that improved their quality of life. She has taught adults and children a variety of subjects, especially English for Student of Other Languages/ESOL, within public school systems and a private college, and earned certifications: State of Florida Orange County Public Schools, District Teacher’s Certificate, Psychology; Seminole County Public Schools, Florida, Substitute Teacher Certificate; State of Florida Code of Ethics Training Certificate; JAG Specialist/Jobs for America, 37 Core Competencies (Self Development, Leadership, Job Survival, Job Attainment, Career Development); Professional Member of ACE/Adult and Community Educators of Florida and Orange County Adult and Community Education Association; and a Certified Modeling Instructor for Barbizon International School of Modeling.
“Michelle, thank you for participating (emceeing) on the Fashion and Entertainment stage! It was so fun and a great addition to the features of the Southern Women’s Show! It was a pleasure and we hope to see you again!” Jenny Wallin, Show Manager, Southern Women’s Show
“Dear Ms. Valentine …Thank you for volunteering your time and energy to provide programs and presentations for the Winter Park Public Library. Because of you, we’ve been able to meet the educational, personal enrichment and continued learning needs of our patrons and participants from the surrounding community.” (The Winter Park Public Library Institute for Lifelong Learning exists to support the individuals of all ages in pursuing learning, independent of a formal educational environment, by providing opportunities for continuous education through formal and informal means.) Ruth D. Edwards, Institute Coordinator, Winter Park Public Library
AUTHOR, ADVICE COLUMNIST, TRAVEL BLOGGER
Michelle Valentine writes two (2) blogs for the Orlando Sentinel newspaper: “World Travels with Michelle Valentine“, a travel blog and “Dear Michelle Valentine” an advice blog. World-traveled and an aficionado of dining & wining, Michelle Valentine is also a wine writer on the world’s largest calendar of wine, beer, spirits, and food events website, Local Wine Events. With her knowledge of food & wine, she was also a content writer for Tango Real Wines, produced by Goyenechea Vineyards in Argentina. Michelle Valentine is the best-selling author of the dating book, “How To Find Love Online: Secrets, Tips and Lists for Getting the Best Response” (ISBN 1-919925-22-0, 6×9, paperback, 124 pages, $14.95). Published in 2000 when online dating was a popular new way to meet singles, Michelle Valentine’s book continues today to be a helpful online dating book for singles on Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and the United States library system. “How to Find Love Online,” is a 124-page book chock full of secrets, tips, and lists for getting the best responses from the millions of users of online personals. Through Michelle Valentine’s knowledgeable and witty voice, she guides you through an online personals journey. She teaches the reader to discover new things about themselves and how to make the changes necessary to look and feel better about themselves – thus, more appealing when their Mr. or Miss Right comes along! Book signings include Borders Books, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Florida libraries, the Southeast Booksellers Association conventions, and the Publishers Association of the South convention. Michelle Valentine received her book deal after successfully having over 100 of her “Dear Michelle Valentine” relationship advice columns published in the Orlando Sentinel newspaper (right next to Ann Landers’ advice column); in the Arts & Entertainment newspaper, the Orlando Weekly; the lifestyle Orlando Me Magazine; the cultural East-West Times newspaper; the women’s newspaper Orlando Woman; and the alternative St. Pete Weekly newspaper. In addition to her relationship advice columns, her weekend entertainment “Singles” columns were published in the weekend Calendar section of the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, providing a variety of unique things to do and fun places to visit in the state of Florida. In 2015, she again started her weekly “Dear Michelle Valentine” advice column, writing for the Orlando Sentinel newspaper’s blog, HypeOrlando. Her blog attracts thousands of weekly readers. Her advertisers consider her an excellent great influencer blogger and marketing expert. Michelle Valentine anonymously wrote the wrestling sports columns, “In This Corner”, which were published in the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. The two full-page newspaper section included a column of her insider knowledge of the wrestling industry; recaps of WCW, WWE, and ECW matches; plus the “Top 10 Wrestlers of the Week“, as provided by her readers. Michelle Valentine is an avid blogger and social media poster for her own activities, as well as for companies and clients that desire professionally-written content for their blogs, websites, and social media sites.
“You did an excellent job of condensing the problem and got right to the core of the problem.” Carol
“Genuinely cares about singles and their relationships.” Denise
“Michelle made me feel like there was hope for me.” Tonya
INTERNATIONAL DATING SERVICE OWNER (former)
In 1997, Michelle Valentine started personally matching singles as a courtesy to her newspaper readers and attendees of her singles events. Soon thereafter, she founded an international matchmaking company, Michelle Valentine International, a successful dating service which created hundreds of marriages and relationships to millionaires and educated professionals. Michelle Valentine, B.A. Psychology, uses her psychological training to providing the most appropriate matches for clients’ needs and wants in a lifetime mate. Matchmaking services include personal coaching and mentoring and wardrobe and image makeovers. Michelle Valentine’s unique life experiences and her relationship expertise attracted the attention of producers for PBS, and a special feature about her life was taped and aired on national television titled, “Miss Matchmaker”. Michelle Valentine was well-known for her happy-hour singles parties and galas held at country clubs in Florida. She introduced Central Florida to the concept of speed dating (and made local news) as her 3 Minute Matchmaking, and eventually brought Lock & Key parties, as well. Events include singles wine tastings, sporting events, happy hours, speed dating, lock & key parties, and more. Over 1,000 events have been coordinated, bringing singles from Florida to California together! Michelle Valentine sold her international dating service, singles travel and events, and online dating site in 2008.
“Michelle Valentine learned to light the spark of passion, not just in herself, but in others as well. Her success in creating a world-class dating service helped her to a clear understanding of how to help others build powerful relationships of all kinds.” Bill Shafer, PBS Producer of “Growing Bolder”
“I just wanted to let you know how thankful I am because I met my future husband! I never really figured I would be getting married again. But thanks to you, I have met the most fantastic man! I continue to encourage all my friends and co-workers who are single to seek out your services. Thanks once again – a loyal fan!!“ Rose, Orlando
Honored as one of “Orlando’s Fifty Finest” in Orlando Magazine – given to prominent and influential single professionals in Florida for their philanthropic efforts – Michelle Valentine has served as one of the Ambassadors for the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. An active philanthropist and believer in giving back to the community, Michelle Valentine has volunteered her time and financial resources to numerous charity benefits for fine organizations such as Toys For Tots, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, VITAS Hospice and the Humane Society. Passionate about animal welfare, she devotes her time to T.E.A.R.S. (Together Every Animal Receives Support), of the Seminole County Animal Services, helping in the medical and adoption needs for abused, neglected, and surrendered animals.
“Dear Michelle, Many thanks for giving your time and wisdom for our charity event (“All About You”, Women’s Day of Self Enrichment). We are happy to say $12,500 was raised – all of it will benefit New Hope for Kids! I wish you all the best…!” News Anchor/Reporter, WESH News Channel TV2
“Michelle’s Craft Show” premiered on TV many years ago, airing in over 8 major metropolitan Detroit cities. As a teen TV Host, Michelle Valentine was similar to today’s “Martha Stewart“. While pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, Michelle Valentine grasped courses in Interior Design, Interior Studio, Textiles, and Black & White Film. In February 2004, Michelle Valentine displayed her artwork for the first time publicly, in the Orlando Museum of Art! The Orlando Sentinel newspaper featured a photo of her work, “Distressed Frenchman.” Residing in Florida, she was a featured artist on Orange/Vision TV, in cooperation with Orange County Government. An exhibition of her works have been displayed at Steinway Hall Orlando/ Steinway Piano Galleries. She continuously creates new works of art, which are showcased at local fine galleries – and donated to charities for their fundraising efforts.
“My work invites viewers to reflect upon their life, which may in turn, enlighten them to the importance of simplifying their lives and their hearts.” Michelle Valentine, Artist