Delivering Justice to the world
This talented dynamo appreciates the breaks that have come her way, writes
WHEN someone has as many strings to their bow as Victoria Justice, it’s easy to imagine everything runs smoothly for them. But the 19-year-old singer-dancer-actor-model does have one or two flaws.
‘‘Lots of them,’’ she says. ‘‘I’m not good at waking up in the morning. I’m definitely not a morning person. Time management too. I tend to run a little bit behind and lose track of time.’’
That’s hard to believe given how far Justice has come in a relatively short time.
A professional performer since the age of 10, she landed the lead role in Victorious, a musical series created just for her, when she was 16. The Nickelodeon hit proved to be an ideal showcase for her artistic talents.
Now she records albums and plays lead roles in films. Victorious fans will get to see her in January playing the aspiring singer Tori Vega in episodes which she introduces. When you started on did you have a feeling of ‘I’ve made it’?
I think when I realised I’d been given my own show it was a massive opportunity and I felt very lucky. I feel very lucky, and I’m really grateful. I always hoped the show would be successful and that a lot of people would watch and enjoy it. How has Tori developed as a person over the course of the show?
Starting off with the pilot, my character was obviously not very confident when it came to performing and when she sings Make It Shine (Justice’s single) for the first time, that’s when you first kind of see her let go. Then as the season progresses she becomes much more passionate and much more comfortable in her own skin creatively, and also as a teenager she kind of comes into her own. That whole thing about being comfortable with who you are but also pushing yourself to be your best seems like one of key messages.
I think, going back to the pilot, that it is a really big moment, just kind of conquering your fears. If you are a singer and you have a fear of performing, you have got to push through, and if you love it, you’ve got to make it happen. I think Victorious is about just expressing yourself freely and saying it’s OK to be different, it’s OK to be yourself. After four successful years,
is soon coming to a close. What do you want to achieve next?
I am moving on from Victorious and Nickelodeon and I really am grateful for my experience and the time I had on the network. It was an amazing opportunity. I’d love to do music and movies because those are the two things that I’m really passionate about. I have my first leading role in a movie called Fun Size, a Halloween comedy that just came out, so hopefully I can continue to do more films and branch out from Tori Vega. And also writing more of my own music, touring, doing some shows in Australia hopefully. I want to be creatively involved in that process. Who knows, maybe one day creating my own show or writing a screenplay or producing a film. Getting more involved behind the scenes is something I’m interested in as well. I’ve definitely got plans.
Mondays, 5.30pm, Nickelodeon.