Shane Bieber, a.k.a. Vanessa Moyer
Because of the books, I get to meet some very intriguing and inspiring young women, ones who I think are destined to blow up (in a good way). So I've decided to feature a bombgirl of the week, so that you can get to meet some of them too.
I met our first bombgirl through Facebook, and became an instant fan of her art form, which is impersonating the much beloved human kitten known as Justin Bieber. Friends, please meet Shane Bieber (a.k.a. Vanessa Moyer).
So how did you become a Justin Bieber impersonator?
It all started out when I first found out about Justin back in 2008 and I said to myself "OMG! This kid is sooo awesome, he's GOING to be famous one day, and when he is I'm going to be his impersonator." No joke, a year later or so, there he was! And I've been his fan since day one. I met him in November '09 when he came to my city (Edmonton, Alberta) and I was wearing the same outfit he wore in the One Time video and these Justin Bieber fans came up to me while I was standing in line and asked if they could take a picture of with me. It was an unbelievable experience, seriously, this kid was so famous already and had such great music. When I'm out and about people stare and whisper "Justin Bieber."
I have a facebook fanpage for my services, a kijijji ad, and buisness cards. When the Never Say Never 3D movie came out I went to see it in theaters with my girlfriend and I was wearing the same outfit he wore for his MyWord Tour, and again I got asked for pictures and such. I also gave out buisness cards -- it was fun. When I perform Justin's songs in front of an audience, it feels sooo great -- I can't explain in words how great it makes me feel and how right it feels to be up on that stage impersonating my idol. He is my idol and my inspiration -- he came from a small town in Canada with BIG dreams and a HUGE voice, and was raised by a single mother and lived below the poverty line. He is such a HUGE inspiration to every kid from a small town with big dreams. This may sound corny, but I use the saying "Never Say Never" all the time, in and out of school. People may think his songs have no meaning, but everyone is different and they are entitled to their own opinion. They just like diferent music, not the same type of genre.
Besides Justin Bieber, who are your favorite people and why?
My favorite people are my longtime girlfriend Hayley, my guidance counselor, and my older sister. The first person, Hayley, is self-explanatory. I love her very much, she's my other half. We have been dating for almost two years, since March 24th, 2009.
My guidance counselor, Mrs. Yusepchuck is very encouraging and helpful. Ever since grade 10 she's been there for me, through all the bad times that I had with family conflicts and school dilemmas. There were times when I just wanted to self-destruct and drop out of school and such, but she was always there for me no matter what. Same goes for Hayley. They are both very supportive of me and my interests, and help get me through things when I'm not strong enough.
My older sister is one of my favorites because she raised me for most of my teenage life, since I was thirteen or fourteen. (I'm eighteen now, she's 25.) I mean, you have to give props to the woman -- it's not easy raising a teenager when you're just still growing up yourself. She's accepting of me and my lifestyle and my sexual orientation. She is amazing. She's my hero -- she's been through everything, and she's strong.
How did you find my book? Is there anything about it that reminded you of yourself?
I was at my school library a couple of days ago, and I was just walking past this book display that displays the best books that have been reviewed by students, and I read the description of Have You Found Her, and I just started reading page after page!
There's tons of stuff that remind me of myself. I used to be a runaway, until one day I just asked myself, "What am I running from? I have a great family and a loving mother." I think that's when I had my epiphany (LOL). I think the reason I ran away multiple times was because I wanted to grow up fast
and be independent like an adult. I didn't want to be a kid anymore. You know when you're just turning into a teen and you want to figure things out for yourself and make your own mistakes? That was me. Also, I got into trouble for basically being myself a lot of the time, and I was tired of it. So instead of facing the music, I thought I could just run from my problems and they would go away.
Unfortunately, that's not how it goes. It just makes it worse, or stays the same and doesn't get any better. Now that I am older, I understand the things my family did for me, and I understand why they disciplined me the way they did. I was once grounded for 3 months!
What other books do you like?
I like Far from Xanadu, Rage, and Keeping You A Secret. all by Julie-Anne Peters. I like books about teenage and family hardships. Especially Ellen Hopkins! And the House of Night series by Kirsten and P.C. Cast. PROPS!