Date of Birth: 3rd March, 1976
Location: Travelling regularly between Brussels and B’Kara
Star Sign: Pisces
Main occupation: Freelance conference interpreter
Media-related occupation: TV presenter / producer
Valerie Vella’s media career spans over 20 years. It all started back in 1994 when she had just turned 18 and was a TV continuity announcer on TVM, the only local station at the time. Soon after, she was asked by Alfie Fabri to host a musical programme called Ġenn, and that was the point of no return. Peppi Azzopardi then asked her to join his team on Xarabank and that same year, she co-hosted with him her first Strina.
“I’ve never missed a Strina ever since. I’ve hosted programmes, high-profile events and festivals of all genres, and I’ve also been very active in the Eurovision sector. I’ve experienced the festival as Head of Press for the Malta Song Board and as a commentator and spokesperson reading the Maltese votes. I’ve also hosted the local finals three times. This job has made me cross paths with so many inspiring people, and I’ve lived special moments that will be treasured forever. I honestly think I’ve been truly blessed in this long journey, because this job gives me the feeling of being where I belong, doing the thing I love best. Actually, to me this isn’t a job… It’s a passion,” states Valerie in this interview.
Can you describe your state of mind whilst presenting?
That’s one complex question, but I’d say it’s multitasking at its best. I always get butterflies before I start, but I believe that this is healthy. However, once on stage or in front of the camera, I feel so alive. My focus would be completely on communicating with the audience. I get this feeling that I’m talking to each and every single person watching me on a one-to-one basis.
What has been your biggest professional disappointment?
I must say that I’ve been lucky. I can’t think of any disappointment, really. Whenever something doesn’t materialise, I’d always eventually realise that it’s better that way. I don’t focus on disappointments. I look ahead and embrace whatever life might throw at me next.
What irritates you about other people?
Jealousy and hatred. They’re loaded with negative energy and they’re so destructive. They’re obstacles to living the beauty of life and the roots to much suffering. I dislike arrogance too.
How would you describe your relationship with money?
I guess I’d call it a love/hate relationship. I no longer think about money the way I used to when I was younger. I’m no longer ready to forsake my health and the people closest to me to work long hours. Certainly, there’s a measure of stability and security that stems from having our basic financial needs met, yet if you stop and think about it, you’ll realise that you need less than what you think. I’ve come to realise that the more you make, the more you spend and ironically, the more empty and dissatisfied you may feel. Money won’t necessarily make you happier. Some of the most joyful people I’ve met along life’s way are far from wealthy, and some of the wealthiest people I’ve encountered are far from happy. Just as there are troubles associated with poverty, there are troubles associated with wealth. I don’t think money is worth anyone’s freedom. I feel that many times, the desire for riches robs us of life. I personally find that it gives me more serenity and inner peace to know that giving away a little of what I have will help people truly in need have a better life.
What do you usually look for when travelling abroad?
Travelling is my sweetest vice. I got the travel bug in my early twenties. I look for adventure, meeting new people, sharing experiences and building new friendships. I love learning about different cultures and trying to live life as the locals. I look for new places to discover and I’m always ready to embrace the unknown. To me, travelling is the best way to unwind from life on the fast lane, and I feel it has made me a more well-rounded version of myself.