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WHAT IS TRUE STORY?

The True Story Project is a spoken-word-music ensemble combining narratives and poetry with songs and lyrics—all written separately but combined based on overlapping themes. We believe when artists collaborate, the planet gets better.

Eric Valentine, spoken word, poet, True StoryERIC VALENTINE | WRITER-STORYTELLER, CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Mr. Valentine is a professional writer, public speaker and messaging strategist known for heart-wrenching and mind-opening prose and rhyme. His uncanny gift of connecting with an audience triggers the full gamut of human emotion. Mr. Valentine compels an audience with humorous insights as well as deeply authentic and vulnerable expression of thought.

 

Career Accomplishments

In the late 90s, Mr. Valentine wrote “fake news” jokes for Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment. By the new millennium, he was working as a newspaper reporter in California, where he won a Best Spot News Coverage award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. In 2004, Mr. Valentine left the journalism world to focus on advertising and marketing, where he has also won industry awards for his writing and editing. He currently owns and operates Independent Creativity—a living and working space that fosters socially conscious small businesses, artists, and other entrepreneurs seeking brand development and market share growth.

Life Experience

Mr. Valentine holds degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from UCLA, and for 3 years worked and lived in Tokyo, Japan. At 25, he lost his first wife to cancer. Mr. Valentine views this and other life experiences as part of a necessary path toward being a better person and a better writer. He draws on his educational background and life experiences to deliver powerful speeches and narratives on:

  • Coping with grief and loss
  • Maintaining mental and spiritual clarity
  • Goal setting and teamwork
  • Optimism versus pessimism
  • Turning random tragedy into meaningful beauty

 

laioLAIO | SINGER-SONGWRITER, MUSIC DIRECTOR

Laio is the lead singer-songwriter and musical director for True Story. She served as musical director for both the Boise and New York presentation of the group’s two-act play, “The Mammal Problem,” writing the score for the play as well.

Laio is a native Idahoan and a fourth-generation musician, as well as an accomplished multimedia artist. Her latest album is entitled “Breaking Things.”

Laio is managing partner of Independent Creativity where she conducts art and music classes and serves as creative director / designer for a variety of artisanal business endeavors.