WANT TO GO?
Victoria Justice with Max Schneider
West Virginia State Fair
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday.
WHERE: State fairgrounds, Fairlea (off I-64 exit 169)
TICKETS: $27, $29 and $32; gate admission sold separatelyVictoria Justice said she's having the time of her life on her current concert tour, and given how much the singer/actress has done in her 19 years, that's saying something.
"It's a really good show. I'm super proud of it," said the bubbly teen, calling from Hyannisport, Mass., the day after a concert there.
Justice, who performs at the West Virginia State Fair on Saturday, began working when she was 8, doing modeling and commercials in Florida. She was working consistently and wanted to give film and television a try, so she spent a summer in Los Angeles, where she landed TV guest roles and did some independent films.
She returned for pilot season and was cast in season two of Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101" as aspiring actress Lola Martinez. She stayed with the teen comedy, created by Dan Schneider, until it ended in 2008. Later, the network approached Schneider about doing another project with Justice. Thus, Justice's star vehicle, "Victorious," was born.
"They thought Dan and I worked really well together and got each other's sense of humor," she said. "I'm the type of kid who was never afraid to look really silly on camera. He enjoyed that. He also found out that I like to sing, and he drew inspiration from that."
"Victorious," set at a performing arts school, began in 2010. Recently, Nickelodeon announced it had not renewed the Emmy-nominated show, so the 15 episodes set to air this fall will be the last. Justice said there is plenty for fans to look forward to.
She ticked off the list: "Some really good new music; lots of really funny storylines; lots of comedy, action-packed crazy stuff. And the musical performances are really good."
Justice has written three songs for "Victorious." She's performing those and others from the show this summer.