We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan Maner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonathan, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I can honestly say with conviction that I have never been a risk taker. That element of myself has never been forthcoming. I literally had to be thrown in the fire to even take risks but my outcome always worked out. I’ve learned recently that taking risks have played out in my favor most of the time. Taking risks means facing self doubt and fear. Because of my new found courage and support from my companion, taking risks is now seen as an opportunity. It’s why I’ve had the pleasure to be on a viral tv show in the past and been featured on cool photo ads and commercials.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Believe it or not, everyone is an artist. I know how cliche that sounds but it’s true. Whatever you do in life in any way, shape, or form that is tailored to you is your art. Mines is simple. It’s literally making people laugh through an inspired method using my flaws. This works especially when I involve my companion. I think the most important factor about my art is that it makes me happy. One thing that I’ve noticed about people this day in age is that we are all glued to our phones. I grew up in the era where playing outside was more fun than being on the computers. My first phone was that “brick” from Nokia. I found that people don’t always respond well to seeing highlight reels of other people’s lives, but instead are more connected to the basis of human emotion. People need a good laugh not a life comparison. It was actually pretty easy sharing this art because I’ve always been a clown. I base my life on how I can make people laugh at me not with me. It was as simple as turning on a camera when I see, feel, or hear something relatable. One valuable lesson I learned early on was that no matter what, some people aren’t going to laugh, but that’s ok. Focus on the good you can do for people who need it. My message to the world would be for everyone to laugh as much as possible because time is of the essence.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Because of my day job, I have all the exact celebrity addresses and would take my visitors there to play ding dong ditch lol. Just kidding. I’m a simple man. I don’t hang with a lot of people because I’m mostly a homebody. But for this itinerary I would start with the basic LA tour. First the museums, the Griffith observatory, the Hollywood walk of fame, muscle beach, in n out etc. Now normally this would take about 2 and a half days give or take but that’s just to get the traditional stuff out the way because everyone wants photos. After the particulars I would introduce them to camping overnight at the beach in Malibu after eating lunch at Geoffrey’s Malibu. Take them on a hike to the Hollywood sign (the real one so you better be strapped). Introduce them to Pokemotto after the hike. Go to Porto’s and buy up the whole store. Since my Tam is Vietnamese, we can hang out in OC and get viet food and check out the viet life. I’m all over the place and bad at making itineraries but I hope you get the point.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give the most credit to myself. I say this because no matter what goodness happens in our lives we are all individuals. The responsibility to make something out of our lives is a journey that we have to take alone. But in full disclosure I would like to point the finger at my life partner Minh Tam Thi Nguyen lol. She has literally been the driver in this vehicle of life to take me EVERYWHERE. She has pushed me and guided me in every direction towards my goals. I love her for her mind and spirit. If not for her I would probably still be at a movie theater ripping people off, hitting them with the upgrade for $30 popcorn lol. Lastly, I want to acknowledge a book that I was given from a man named James Robinson. It’s called Kingdom Man by Tony Evans. It regrettably took me 4 years to read this book because I had no discipline. But after I relearned and found myself I finished it and it has impacted my life. Main premise is to align ourselves with God so that we can lead our own lives, our families, our church, and our communities. I’m still learning to be who I am supposed to be. A man of valor.
All credit goes to my amazing fiancé Tam Nguyen