Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, first discovered Bieber on accident while searching for videos of a different singer. When he tracked Justin down and approached his mother about representing Justin, she nearly refused on the grounds that Braun is Jewish, not Christian.
Justin actually began his life as an ardent sports player and fan and spent much of his life playing hockey. His friends and family actually thought he'd go on to be a professional hockey player when he grew up.
Justin might have been able to succeed as an adult singer had he not Took a Level in Jerkass. It is believed that his breakup with Selena Gomez was the catalyst. That and had One Direction failed to take off in America, Bieber's career might still be alive.