I am surprised.
Last night was one of those times.
I watched “Never Say Never”, the Justin Bieber movie, or rather documentary of his whoosh into the world of superstardom.
Let’s be clear.
I will probably never buy a CD of his, I will never go to a concert, and I will never faint and scream at an appearance.
But the kid has something.
Does he have the best voice in the world?
Not in my opinion – but he’s savvy.
And he’s kind of sweet – he reminded me of when my own son was that age. For a kid with all that attention, and all those people sucking up to him, in the movie he still comes across as a kid with a dream, an ability to work hard, and a sense of fun.
His rise in the star stakes is incredible – and most of it done through putting in the hours to get him noticed by the right people.
Justin did the rounds of radio stations – even those who were not playing his music.
He started tweeting.
He put videos on YouTube.
When the record company didn’t think they could find a place for him – Justin found his own place.
He wanted recognition – and he wasn’t afraid to go after it.
There aren’t many young guys who would approach Usher asking to sing for him.
I admire all that.
I also admire his manager Scooter Braun.
Scooter had little experience when he took on Justin Bieber, just a belief in the boy and his ability. And together they managed to make it – in a very difficult profession.
I hope he stays as grounded as he seemed in the movie.
I hope that his team manage to hold it together and guide him through.
I hope that the public remember that he is a kid.
He’ll make mistakes like all kids. Only Justin’s will be public mistakes.
It doesn’t mean they should crucify him for being a kid and doing what kids do – dumb stuff that they shouldn’t but need to do to learn not to do it again.
For now – well I admit defeat and will be in the kid’s corner hoping life makes him happy.
Even if I don’t listen to his songs except when they are on the radio.