I never thought I would be writing my second Bieber experience. My unexpected Bieber experience took place in Vancouver, October 10th 2012 . I knew all along that Justin was going to perform in Vancouver. Unfortunately, the tickets went on sale the same time as graduation and prom. I didn’t have a job at that time and my mom already spent so much money on my prom dress and other graduation fees. The savings I had were not enough to get me a ticket, even the cheapest one. My friend who I met 2 years ago in Justin’s MY WORLD concert, Amber, were in the same position as me. We went on Craigslist and StubHub but the tickets were so overpriced. Although we didn’t have any tickets, we decided to go to the arena to show our support. About 2 weeks before the concert, Amber and I started to feel bugged and bummed that we didn’t have tickets. We started to come up with a plan so we could get tickets. We entered every radio contest; called in to radio stations at 8. We were very hopeful at first, but then we started losing every contest. I almost lost hope. Although Amber and I live so far away from each other, we met up and discussed what we should do. To make us stand out, we decided to make “BELIEVE” headbands and a poster inspired by Carly Rae’s “Call Me Maybe” lyrics — “ Hey, Justin & Carly. We know this is crazy. We don’t have tickets, could you help us out maybe?” Knowing our chance to get tickets was slim, we started to tweet Justin, Scooter, Allison, Alfredo, Kenny, and Dan letting them know that we’ll be outside the arena 5 hours early holding a big poster. On the 10th, which was the day of the concert, I went to the arena with Amber right after school and got there at 1PM. We stood near the tour busses with other excited Beliebers. With excitement, we put on our headbands and put out our poster. We started singing and chanting hoping Justin would come out and greet us. All of the sudden, Dan came out. The crowd went crazy. Dan seriously is the sweetest. He went to the other side and spent almost an hour talking to fans, signing some stuffs, and taking pictures with fans. My side was getting impatient so we started singing the Dan Kanter Song. Finally he came to us. He took his time to talk to each one of us. Amber and I took picture with him. He even signed my phone case! Amber and I showed him our sign, he read it 3 times then said “awww”. We asked them if he had extra tickets with him, but he didn’t. We saw Allison, I called her name and she waved at me. We were going to ask her to read our sign, but she looked so stressed. After spending more than an hour talking to the fans outside, around 4 PM he went back inside the arena. I was so hungry at that time because I hadn’t had my lunch yet. So Amber & I went to Starbucks to get something to eat. We went back to the arena at 4:45 PM hoping to catch a glimpse of Justin. When we got there, we found out The Beat 94.5 was holding a contest. We were asked to tweet them a certain sentence followed by #BeatBelieber. I went on full force and tweeted them 150 times until I reached tweet limit… While waiting for the announcement, we hung out at The Beat tent. Johnny and Ami, the hosts of The Beat 94.5, wanted to take picture with us and our awesome sign, so we obviously did. Then he went on twitter, tweeted “Best. Sign. Ever” with our picture attached. Finally, at 5PM the Beat announced the winner, it wasn’t me or Amber. My heart literally broke into pieces. That was the last contest of the day. And I lost. I cried. We didn’t know what to do, so we decided to walk around the arena hoping for a miracle to happen. After walking around the arena trying to find Justin’s crew, we went back to where we stood, near the tour busses. It was getting cold, like really cold. I was shivering. Around 6 PM, people started to leave where I was standing. At 7 PM, everyone who got tickets already went in and there were about 10 of us left. Dedicated enough to keep standing outside the arena. We knew Justin was not going to come out, but we didn’t want to leave the arena. We ended up talking to the security guard, he was really nice. At 7:23, Justin tweeted “about to see my fans…my beliebers…and it’s gonna BE ALRIGHT. #showtime #CANADA”. My heart sank. What came across my mind as I was reading his tweet was I’m not gonna get in, it’s too late, Justin is about to come on stage. Amber & I were so close to giving up. We were hopeless. We were so disappointed. But then, Allison came out. She looked less stressed. She went to talk to this group of people (2 little girls and their mom) who apparently are the boss’ family, I’m not sure. I saw her giving them something. I didn’t think she was giving out tickets because when she came out, she was empty handed, didn’t hold anything. Then, she started to walk towards us. Everyone was pushing, the gate almost fell. Allison was like, “Girls, stop! Stop!” We literally stopped doing whatever we were doing. Dead silence. I was shaking so much, not because I was cold, I WAS SO NERVOUS. And then she talked to the security guard. From where I was standing, it looked like Allison asked the security guard something. The security guard answered, then pointed at us — AMBER AND I. She read our sign, then laughed. She came up to us and SHE HANDED ME A TICKET. I SAID THANK YOU, AT LEAST I THINK I DID. THEN, SHE GAVE AMBER A TICKET. After that, everything just went black. I didn’t remember what happened afterwards. My mind went blank. I broke down into tears, didn’t even bother to look at which row we are in. Then I heard Amber said ,”It’s floor tickets, Angela! IT’S FLOOR TICKETS!” My body suddenly became weak, I had to sit on the sidewalk and cried even more. When we got inside the arena, when I saw the stage, when I saw all the seats, I started crying again. I was a mess. We found out we were sitting in ROW 19, 2 rows away from the catwalk. Our hard work paid off. Me and Amber were looking at each other, couldn’t believe what just happened to us. It was so surreal. Then Justin came out on stage in wings, the moment I was waiting for. I was so close to him, it felt like as if I met him. He looked so flawless and angelic. He was glowing and his skin looked so soft. He was and always is PERFECT. Since it was the first Canadian concert, of course he sang “O Canada” together with us. He even said he loved the Canucks! The concert was BEYOND AMAZING. It was worth the wait. Justin and the crew took it to another level. Justin’s voice was OMG SO BEAUTIFUL. He was smiling a lot. You can tell he sings with lots of passion. I sang my heart out. I felt so connected to him. Too bad the concert had to end. He closed the show by singing “Baby”. I had the BEST TIME of my life. So blessed, so thankful. I will never forget the warm feeling I had after the concert ended. He blew my mind. It was the night that I will never forget. It was an experience that couldn’t be bought. To everyone reading this, let me tell you something, NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS. If you BELIEVE in it and WORK HARD for it, it will come true . I proved it. Thank you to everyone, especially Justin, Dan, Allison, and the rest of the crew. Justin & the crew are the best people on Earth. I hope you guys had fun in Vancouver! See you next time. – Angela @devitangela
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