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Sophia “PHIA” Bollinger — The Virtual Reality Show


Introducing the CG Garage podcast’s first-ever virtual guest: PHIA, AKA Sophia Bollinger. In the space of little over a year, PHIA’s “The Virtual Reality Show” has amassed over 100,000 YouTube and Twitch subscribers who tune in to find out about the latest tech and trends in VR. At the same time, she’s become a virtual celebrity, and running the show has become her full-time job.

In this podcast, which is better watched than listened-to, the enthusiastic VR expert tells Chris why she started the channel. She talks about how the virtual world can offer a haven from the real one and discusses some of the more unusual phenomena that come about as a result of fooling your brain into thinking the virtual is real. You’ll learn what the best tech for a modern VR setup is—as well as PHIA’s ambitious plans for the future.


PHIA on YouTube >

PHIAbunny on Twitch >

PHIA on Instagram >

PHIA on Twitter >

The Virtual Reality Show Wiki >



5:11 Where PHIA discovered her passion for VR

10:31 Steps to becoming an avatar

15:30 The phantom touch and rubber hands

23:13 Feeling more comfortable in VR

27:12 The role of Twitch

32:19 VR and the pandemic

37:11 Going from education to VR

41:21 The VR equipment you need

46:18 Social networks and VR

51:09 Is VR a friendly space?

57:17 PHIA’s ambitions

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

Originally published: August 2, 2021.
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