Rithy Sak’s, popularly known as Heng Pitou, a more-than-a-decade long career in the entertainment industry so far has been a story of great interest. His latest original songs have been a talk-of-the-town nowadays. While there are numerous rising stars in the country today due to renowned franchises of international singing competitions, Pitou never shied away from the challenge of bringing new tracks the Cambodian public. Healthwise Digest took a chance to interview the star and inquired how he kept his dream alive and his health vigorous.
On his personal life
Born in Phnom Penh with two siblings, Pitou graduated from high school in 1997 at the Anuwat High School. He joined the country’s entertainment industry in 1994 and began his formal singing career in 1999. A former professional stage dancer, Pitou has also been a member of the MKS Group for 3 years. After the group’s disband, he started singing in clubs and made his way in the singing stratosphere through his friend’s compositions which inspired him to continue singing. Though his parents first disagreed with the decision of entering the industry, he made sure that they get to see how he loved his job, which eventually led to them fully supporting him.
“The first production that I was singing for is Spark Music in 2005 where I recorded about 10 songs. Afterwards, Big Man Production asked me to join where is had my first two famous songs—Barom Sorng Sa Kmeng and Sro lanh Knea oy Slap chos thlai. This paved way to my popularity,” Pitou stated.
“The reason I started to enter this industry is that I want to fulfill my passion. I do these from the bottom of my heart and ever since I was young, I used to dream that will be famous one day. I am getting older now but I still can continue because I am greatly supported by my fans and I owe this to them. I recall a proverb saying that trying hard will always bring someone better opportunities in the future. Hence, my dream came true.”
On his career
“I admire those new singers who have risen to fame so quickly since I had a hard time achieving my dreams. In reality, people who don’t really love their job give up and venture in other business. In the beginning, it was difficult because I never had been trained professionally in singing or composing but I strived hard practicing. Another difficulty I experienced is mostly about the compensation we, singers, receive. At times you will think if our commitment deserves the kind of compensation we get since in other foreign countries, being famous like this equates to being rich,” Pitou stressed.
On his health
Oftentimes, I acquire nasal allergy and flu. The worst health condition I experienced was when I was 21 and I had hepatitis. Fortunately, I received treatment on time and was totally cured. Since I was young, my health was not good. I've been infected with various diseases such as Dengue Fever and Typhoid fever. However, I always remind myself to be healthy. I always hit the gym for 1 hour to 2 hours every morning and regularly play football, 2 to 3 times a week. Though this month was a busy time for me due to several provincial tours, I see to it that I watch my diet by eating nutritious food that provides a good benefit to my health and body.
*Photo courtesy of Heng Pitou