to Work On a Monologue
performing a monologue is not fundamentally different from acting a role in a
definition I know of acting is this: Acting
is human behavior under imaginary circumstances.
to ask yourself:
Who are you
What do you want
from them? What do you need from them?
What do you need
to do to get it? (This is your ACTION)
What do they do
in response to your trying to get whatever it is you want? And how do you adjust
Things To Think About:
EXPECT TO WIN!!!
Monologues only get long
because you donít get what you want right off the bat: They are not memorized
The higher the stakes the better: The more you can personalize, the
MOST IMPORTANT THING
IS THAT YOU ARE WORKING MOMENT-TO-MOMENT, THAT YOU ARE ALIVE AND REALLY DOING
be simple and believable and perhaps not as emotionally full as you would like
than to pretend like youíre sad or happy or whatever.
The more you can ACTIVATE the other person the better.
USE active verbs
to express you emotions and feelings and this helps
See Making a Monologue to a
THE ROLE JUST AS YOU WOULD ANY OTHER ROLE; DONíT SHORTCHANGE YOURSELF BECAUSE
YOUíRE ONLY DOING 1 TO 2 MINS.
MUST DO THE SAME KIND OF PREPARATION YOU WOULD DO FOR AN ENTIRE ROLE
THE PLAY AND DO NECESSARY RESEARCH
So what do
you look for in an audition monologue?
use only well-written monologues
Here are some other tips on picking good monologues:
sources for monologues
The Drama Book Shop: 212/944-0595
Or Theater Books: 212/757-2834
One example: THE ACTORíS BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY STAGE
MONOLOGUES, Nina Shengold, Ed
I believe you can do it, its tough out there and criticism can help you or break
you. Remember your self-esteem. Donít bring yourself down if you donít get
anything. If you want to be in the business of acting, be a professional and act
like youíre in the business of acting.
Once you found a good monologue, make a copy of it. Or type it up, for it can be
readable for you to read and save a copy on your computer, disk, or flash drive
that means you have a clean copy every time you print it out. If
you have good handwriting thatís fine too. With your copy of the monologue,
mark whatever you need to do to for example your active verbs . Scoring
the Monologue If you are auditioning
in front of casting director please do not give your draft away. Keep extras
copies of your monologue. Thatís what I did. You can use my ideas.
I found this on YouTube on what Casting Directors look for. Please
check it out.
Tip: Use YouTube
in part of research of musicals plays or other plays. Sneak peeks of musicals.
Read the whole play to get the story of the characters
If you get a monologue from a film watch the DVD know the story and the
Music. Singing auditions 16 bars
When presenting a monologue to the casting director try not to look at the
casting director find an object in the room and present your monologue. The
camera person, or the wall behind
the casting director.
By the way, yoga is good. Have your class or you do
yoga. Try to get your students to get their blood flow to the brain. Start it in
the beginning of the class for a few minutes. A different yoga
exercise every day.
Vocal warm ups too. Tongue twisters are great to do. Breathing is also
If you are going for an acting class take a university course in acting.
When doing a cold reading. Prepare yourself. How? If
you know the character of the play then itís good. Getting a copy of
the script ahead of time and reading it, is a better chance you may or may not
get the role. Remember prepared yourself. Ask yourself What am I doing?
What is your emotion? What is it about? (Which is your subtext? Ė in
other words what does it mean)
Please DO NOT BE LIKE Britney Spears,
NOTES: I got this information from my class in Acting Class. You can use it.