|Becky G: Lessons Justin Bieber Taught Me|
|By BECKY G||Dec 7, 2012, 5:18 PM|
I'm dedicating this post to the one and only, Justin Bieber. We have never formally met, but I remember when I opened for him with Cody Simpson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, he was riding around in a Segway backstage. It would be an honor to meet him - I mean, he's Justin Bieber! The fact that he's aware of who I am is really, really cool. He tweeted out the link back in October of my remix to Ke$ha's "Die Young," saying, "She is a fan of mine and I'm now a fan of hers. bet she didn't see this coming."
I'm not sure how he came across it, but it made me so, so happy!
I've learned a lot from watching him do his thing and I'm applying it to my own career. When I look at his story, I see it as kind of a 'heads-up' in the sense that there are a few things that I'm going to have to go through, some might even be really hard, but it's all so worth it.
Work – Life Balance
I love that he started out really young like I did, and he's very hands-on with his projects, but he's also still a kid. He still has a group of friends, he's all about his mom and his family, but when it comes time to write or perform music, he's all about his career.
Dancing is going to be a big part of my show one day. I already have a vision of what my dancers will dress like and the kind of moves we'll do. With Justin, you can tell that he's incorporated a little bit of the Usher moves – and that makes sense because that's his mentor. One thing I always notice when he's onstage is that he always looks like he's having fun. He always has that Justin smile and the choreography doesn't look too rehearsed; he looks like he's really feeling the moves. When he first started putting those videos on YouTube he had some moves but he's definitely come farther along than I ever thought he would. And any girl will tell you that if a guy can dance – that's definitely a plus!
Watching the Never Say Never movie, I found it very relatable at times. I cried, too. One thing that stood out to me was when he got in trouble for screaming too much and hanging out with his friends and then he lost his voice. He had to go on vocal rest for three days and couldn't say a word. To have the discipline to do that is really hard. I respected that. I love talking – it's a problem – so I can't imagine what that must've been like!
Protecting Your Personal Life
Obviously he and Selena Gomez are doing a good job of protecting their relationship because we don't know if they're together or not. It's hard for celebrities in general to protect their relationships, and not just romantic ones but also the ones with family. As a celebrity, you just have to roll with the punches and if people know about your relationship they know, if they don't, they don't. You keep doing you. If I ever get into a relationship with somebody, the most important thing will be the communication between me and the person and making sure that the foundation is based off a true friendship. They also need to be aware of what comes along with dating me. Even if I weren't in the public eye, they'd have to deal with my crazy family, which is huge and very involved in my life. And me being an artist, I dedicate a lot of time to the studio, I'm always busy in meetings and if I'm not in meetings, I'm traveling. This person is going to have to accept that, and know that there's going to be rumors, but they can talk to me about it.
- As told to Angie Romero
Read Becky G's inaugural post where she introduces herself as our celebrity contributor, and her most recent post about what she does in the recording studio. Whether it's opening for Justin Bieber on tour or hanging out with her Mexican-American family, this is an inside look at the making of a pop star.