Photo credit: Suzana Moreira

Photo credit: Suzana Moreira

My name is Virginie Onephithak. I am French. My parents are originally from Laos. I was born and raised in France, in a small town called Bourges.

I never felt like a “normal” person. I created this world in my head to hide from the real and boring world. My world was all about music. I wouldn’t talk much and music was my escape. It’s still is. 

I’ve always felt alone and misunderstood from people around me. I chose music as my everything. But because I chose music as a career, people would talk shit about me. Same old story: “This is not a real job. This doesn’t pay the bills etc” etc. 

There was a time where I was trying to figure out the whys and hows, until I finally decided to not become like these people. All I wanted was to be me and be happy. But you can’t always do it on your own. So I decided to put my faith in God. I wasn’t a believer. But I became one thanks to my uncle who passed away many years ago and who has been showing me how to put my faith in God. The truth is that God was the only one I could rely on. I had no one else. 

I learnt that if you do good and do good around you, good things will happen to you. And of course, you have to mean it. I decided to become a better person everyday (I was a shitty person, in my opinion haha) and help people around me. This made me a happier and positive person. I love people so much. And I care so much. I care more about the people more than I care about myself. 

I used to care so much I would cry at nights thinking about the world issues or my friends’ problems ended up being my problems. It was crazy. At this point, I decided I needed to do something about it. I couldn’t just support a cause or help a friend. And because I know what it’s like to feel ignored and judged and alone, I wanted to help the world through music and make a difference. 

So I came up with this project called The Lift. My goal was/is to unite people from around the world through music, and lift them up with this blog and these peoples’s stories. But this wasn’t enough. I wanted to create a world song project featuring artists from different parts of the world. So I spoke about it. Tried something. But, I wasn’t confident at all and didn’t pursue it. 

4 years later. I’m 32.

I feel like I have evolved a lot these past two years. For a very long time, I thought I was supposed to just be in the music industry, become an A&R, help artists and be content. But something was missing. Don't get me wrong, I love music, it’s my therapy and my best friend. And I love artists and I love helping them. But I recently realized that it wasn't just about helping artists, it was about helping people in general. I love helping people. 

I feel like I have two purposes. Number one is to be happy. Number 2 is to help people and to make them happy. 

I had this idea of creating a world project where I would interview people from around the world. I’ve had this idea for four years now. I finally created it. But. It wasn’t working on its own.

I’ve decided to merge my music blog with the world project into one thing. It has always been about the world, about the people.

I am happy to finally do that. It won’t just be about the music industry people, but about everyone.

To be honest, I am very scared, nervous, excited and happy at the same time. But it is time to make it happen. I think that what stopped me before is that I used to think this project wouldn’t go anywhere and wouldn’t have any impact because I didn’t have a massive platform. But I once read this quote: “Whether your platform is big or small, we all have the power to lift up those around us” and this is what I am doing :)

Thank you for reading my story.

Virginie

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Read my interview with LIFT ME UP here