My name is Virginie but everybody calls me "V". I’m French.
I always felt like an outsider. I never felt “normal”. I would always do things differently, think differently, speak and dress differently. I never wanted to follow people and I never wanted to follow all these rules and become someone I wasn't.
I want to do what I love and I want to be happy.
I know that some people would disagree with me and some would say it's selfish of me but at the end of the day, our purpose is to be happy and we have to do what's right for us.
I’ve always been a fan of art in general. But music has been one of the only things that kept me going. It helped me through the hardest, and the best times. I grew up listening to the Backstreet Boys, Britney, Christina, Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Mariah... I used to sit in my bedroom and write down the lyrics to their songs (before the internet was born) so I could understand what they were saying. And it was also a way for me to learn English on my own.
In 2006, I got more and more curious and I needed to know everything about the music I loved so I started studying music. And by that, I mean studying who was behind the records. I knew who produced and wrote my favorite albums.
And then Myspace and Youtube appeared. This is how it all started.
I started as a fan. I was 17. I would discover artists on Myspace or Youtube and I would promote every artist I believed in. I would do anything I could to grow their fanbase. It was a learning process and I loved doing that. I loved seeing the artist happy and I loved seeing new fans. I felt satisfied, but I just couldn't do it as a fan anymore. As I was working closely with my mentor/brother Roderick Kerr on several projects as an A&R Manager, I began to learn and understand so many things about the music industry, which was super exciting and interesting. I still work with the same guys 10 years later, and I am still learning everyday from them and from my friends in the music industry.
It's not always easy, and it’s always hard to figure out who you want to be, to find that one thing you were born to do and as creatives, it’s easy to get caught up and think you can do anything because there are so many possibilities. It has been a struggle, and it still is. I am always questioning myself.
But I love music so much. And I love helping people. That is why I also created my project called Thread., which is a place where I get to interview people / artists from around the world. It is my way to support people by sharing their stories and by creating a community. I think it is definitely the best thing I’ve ever done so far.
With the support from my friends, I finally got the confidence I needed to do my own thing. It took me a while, but I am ready. I want to inspire artists to keep fighting for who they want to be and I want them to pursue their goals. So if you're reading this, know that I will always support you no matter what you do, no matter who you are.
Keep creating, you are changing the world :)