Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice recently spoke to the Times Free Press about her life and career (including being a role model) in connection with an upcoming personal appearance at the Times Free Press Kids Expo at the Chattanooga Convention center.
A: I was definitely first discovered by [TV producer] Dan Schneider when I was 12 years old. That was when I was first introduced into the Nickelodeon family. Playing Lola on “Zoey 101″ was probably my biggest introduction to this audience and gave me a great opportunity.
Q: You are working on your first solo album and have your first feature film coming up in October. Does it feel like your career has shifted into a higher gear?
A: Definitely. I’m being given incredible opportunities, but at the same time, I think it’s because I’ve been working so hard for so many years. [Laughs.] I think a lot of people see what I do … and it all looks so fun and glamorous and easy; but in reality, I work super hard. For example, last year, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 21, I only had six days off.
A: It takes a lot of focus, and I have to sacrifice a lot, but at the end of the day, it’s worth it to me. My parents used to say that “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” I feel like I’ve been preparing for this for a while now.
Q: Growing up, was it your dream to be a singer or an actress? Or something else?
A: I loved both. Although my acting career is the thing that jump-started me and was the thing that jumped off first, music has always been a huge passion of mine. It’s kind of dream come true that on my show “Victorious,” I’m able to be an actress and play comedy … but also have music.
Q: Next February, you’re turning 20 years old. Is that something you’ve been thinking about lately? Do you think you’ll have a crisis about no longer being a teenager?
A: [Laughs.] No, I think it’ll just be another birthday, you know? I think 20 will be an exciting year — new adventures, new challenges, new experiences. I’m leaving behind the teenage years and moving into another chapter. Read more>>