My Fan Encounter 11/19/09
I met Justin Beiber on November 19, 2009 at Universal Citywalk in Los Angeles. The first 500 people who pre ordered his My World CD about a month before then received wristbands and were able to get their CD’s autographed following a free concert. My mom and I lined up at 4am and waited until the store opened. We were all alone in front of that store for hours.. finally a few other fans lined up behind us.. We pre-ordered 3 Cd’s for $10.00. We invited my friends at school to join us but no one was interested. November 19th finally arrived and we tried to sell our 2 extra CD’s to people. I guess people thought we were tricking them and it took a while for people to buy them from us so we didn’t lose any money. The 500 people who pre ordered th CD’s were allowed to enter a blocked off area in front of the stage and by the time Justin did take the stage 1000’s of screaming fans were packed in the surrounding area. There were several warnings to back up because the fans in the very front were being pushed into barricades. Justin came out and also asked fans to back up saying that fans in the front were getting “squished”. After the last song all the fans tried to rush the stage but only the 500 with wristbands were allowed to go on stage and get thier CD autographed. The people were saying we had to put our cameras away but my mm got pretty up[set since we were the FIRST people to pre oder the CD. So one of the workers took my mom’s camera took the picture above and Justin signed my CD. When he saw my shirt, he said “I like you shirt! You’re awesome” and he gave me a high five!
Never Say Never 3D
One year later, Justin has written a biography, performed all over the world and filmed an amazing 3D Movie called Never Say Never 3D
My mom and I were invited to a screening at the Paramount Studios Lot. We aren’t famous and we don’t know anyone who worked on the film. We just got invited from an E-mail to Girl Scout troops. I also saw some recruiters outside of a theatre in Burbank. We weren’t sure it was Never say Never 3D but the paper said, “You are invited to a private screening of a highly anticipated Musical 3D movie.
Well, we arrived at the lot early and a long line had already formed. We were given a survey asking our ages and what shows we’ve seen and what musical artists we liked! Soon we were led on the lot and offered popcorn and water! Once the theater was full a man came to the front and said, “Thank You for coming. You are the first people in the world to be able to watch Justin Beiber’s Never Say Never 3D! The crowd applauded as many had already guessed correctly that this was the movie we’d see.
The movie starts out with You Tube clips of baby animals sneezing and babies laughing, then a video of one of Justin’s early performances played. We next see Justin backstage at Madison Square Gardens preparing to take the stage. We then go back to 10 days before and the movie follows Justin and his incredible team as they handle the ups and downs of those 10 days. Often baby pics and video clips of his early days were played as well. We learn about his mom having him as a teenager, his dad leaving them when Justin was 10 months old and how Justin began to play drums and sing at a very young age. We saw his grandparents interviewed and how important they were helping raise Justin.
The fan clips were so funny! Before concerts, the film crew would pull some fans aside and film them talking about Justin Beiber. One amazing thing that was covered was how before shows 20-30 tickets were held back and Scooter and Patty or others would go out and find fans without tickets and surprise them with great seats. Also, we saw the girls who were pulled on stage during “One Less Lonely Girl”.
There were several clips of Justin singing with other singers, Miley Cyrus, Boys II Men, Usher, Jaden Smith, Ludicris, etc.
We meet his voice coach who has a huge role in his life. We also see how Scooter Braun discovered him on You Tube and did everything he had to do to get Justin to the USA to launch his career. Radio stations and record labels weren’t interested in him and they had to work hard to get his music played on the radio! His first concert was in front of 40 fans at a water park in the rain! You see Kenny his body guard, his stylist, and his friends from Canada.
You get the sense that Justin has a team of caring committed people that are going to keep him grounded, humble, and healthy. The team prays before each performance. The one time Justin had to cancel a show due to poor health, you see how upset he is to disappoint his fans and how his “team” tries to help him cope!
The special 3D effects are amazing. You see every freckle and zit on each fan and at one point Justin stands in front of a screen and flips his hair. It’s so amazing and high definition!
This movie is very fun and enjoyable. It has a great mix of documentary, music and humor!
Go see it in February!