Film Courage: What is your advice for actors or comics who are going up against the same people time and again [in auditions]. I know of a couple of people who have the same names on IMDB and it’s been competitive when they see each other…it’s awkward.
Jonathan Mangum, Actor/Comedian/Announcer for the game show Let’s Make a Deal: It’s competitive if you go into an audition thinking the best person is going to get the job and that is never the case. The best person is never the one that gets the job. It’s all about what do they need? What type do they need? Do they need someone who is this tall? Does it have to look like the kid they have already hired? Is this guy the friend of the producer? I mean there are so many variables that it is never a meritocracy in auditions (ever) in my 25 years of doing it.
There is a level. You need to be great to get up into that to be picked from but there is no The Best. And as long as you realize there is no The Best, then you can feel less competitive with people you see all the time.
Film Courage: Was it a learning experience, coming to peace with that?
Jonathan: Yes, it took a long time because you’re just like Ahhh? They were better than me and got the part. It’s…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).