On almost any audition you embark on, you have to choose the perfect monologue. This can be overwhelming to most actors because you do not have another actor to work with. But don’t be scared, it’s very important to be prepared and choose a monologue that shows off your talent and the type of person you are. Here are some helpful tips that will help you choose your perfect monologue:
- Find your fit. Auditions are meant to show what makes you stand out, so be true to yourself! Choose a piece that fits your type and range and is also age-appropriate.
- Include an “arc” or storyline. Never do a monologue that is one-note and only shows one emotion throughout your audition. This will never work out very well. Choose a monologue that has a story with twists and turns and shows a range of emotion.
- Keep it short and sweet. Most monologues will be between one and two minutes. Pick a section that you are most intrigued by.
- Know who you are talking to. Find a spot in the room and imaging who your character is confiding in. If you don’t know who you are talking to or you don’t know the meaning behind your words, your audience won’t either. This is one of the most important lessons to learn.
- Build your repertoire. You might have to come prepared to perform multiple monologues or change your monologue last minute. For example maybe you went into an audition with a serious monologue, but the director would light to see a different side of you. It is a great idea to start finding multiple “Serio-comedic” monologues that fit your personality.
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