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Victoria Justice biding her time

VictoriJustice will perform concert Aug. 4 Tinley Park as part Summer Break Tour. | GETTY IMAGES

Victoria Justice will perform in concert Aug. 4 in Tinley Park as part of the Summer Break Tour. | GETTY IMAGES

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Big Time Rush; Victoria Justice, 7 p.m. Aug. 4, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland, Tinley Park. $20-$105. Visit

Updated: August 1, 2013 10:34AM

Victoria Justice currently finds herself in that all familiar territory between carefree teen and responsible adult. She sleeps late and wears Juicy Couture sweatpants and is always the first one on the dance floor. At the same time, she is more than ready to be taken a bit more seriously.

“I would love to follow in the path of someone like Zooey Deschanel,” explains the 20-year-old durnig a recent phone call from a sound check for her “Summer Break Tour” with fellow Nickelodeon favorites Big Time Rush. “She has her own show and has been in movies, but she also has a passion for music that she can do just as well on the side.”

A Nickelodeon favorite who last year came off an impressive three-year run as the lead character of her own hit television series, “Victorious,” Justice says finding the right combination of success and privacy what she’s currently searching for.

“I love acting and I have been doing it forever, but I also think this is a good time to also focus on my music and songwriting,” says Justice, who will make her Chicago singing debuton Aug. 3. “When ‘Victorius’ was over, it was a little bittersweet, but I feel like 20 is the perfect age to start exploring new horizons. I’m looking forward to new opportunities around the corner and aging myself up a bit.”

While Justice saw much success with recording pieces of music that were ultimately featured in various “Victorious” soundtracks, she admits there was a bit of a cap on what she could do creatively.

“I can’t wait to release more of my own music,” says Justice, who released her new single, “Gold,” just a few weeks back. “Not only is my new song a really fun and catchy song that I thought would be perfect for a summer single release, but I like it because it is a bit more edgier and a bit more mature than the stuff I was singing on ‘Victorious.’ I’m singing something a 20 year old would be singing about.”

Under the watchful eye of over 5.6 million Twitter followers, Justice admits that living in the spotlight is no easier today than when she first broke into the acting/singing business more than ten years ago.

“Even though my life is so abnormal, my parents have really grounded me and I think I have a pretty good head on my shoulders despite the craziness,” she says. “I try to stay as low key as I can because I truly value my personal life. It’s not something I want in the pages of magazines. It’s always been important to me to separate my personal and professional life. Some things just are meant to stay private, because once you let people in that way, it’s hard to close that door. I’m very close to my family and I still live at home. I have tried my best not to grow up too fast.”

Justice is enjoying her summer on stage, trekking to 38 cities across the United States and surrounding herself with cute boys and confetti cannons.

“Big Time Rush are super nice and talented guys who I love hanging out with while out on tour,” Justice says. “We really upped the production value this year with more dancers and more props and a really amazing lighting show. It’s a high energy, summer fun time. We even recently had a parking lot party with the entire crew. We barbequed and danced, and even when it started pouring raining, we didn’t let it stop the party. It was one of those summer nights that you didn’t want to end.”

Tricia Despres is a local free-lance writer.

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