Remember, a well-written, prepared and practiced monologue makes a casting director remember you.
A monologue (from Greek μονόλογος from μόνος mónos, "alone, solitary" and λόγος lógos, "speech") is presented by a single Actor (character), most often to express their mental thoughts aloud, though sometimes also to directly address another character or the audience.
Characteristics of a Good audition monologue and its delivery
- It should be of less than two minutes. Two minutes is more than enough to show your talent. In fact, remember, the auditors have already made their decision after 30 seconds, maybe even less.
- The monologue should have a clear objective. You can't just stand there and talk. You have to imagine of a scene and have
to someone you've imagined, and not to a talk camera or a casting director. lifeless
- The monologue should have a distinct beginning, middle, and an end.
- A beginning: A strong first sentence to capture attention.
- A middle: Lots of juicy content.
- An end: A strong finish. When your monologue has a structure, the auditors are more likely to remember you.
- It must Contain conflict. Drama cannot exist without conflict. Who wants to see a lifeless audition? Boring...
Choosing a MonologueActors often get confused choosing a monologue. But it's very simple: Pick one you love, which thrills you. And if it thrills you, it will definitely impress the casting directors!
Also, it's important to choose a few contrasting monologues. Have at least two monologues ready to go at all times:
A contemporary dramatic
A contemporary comedic
While performing your monologue-
- DO NOT CRY.
- DO NOT LAUGH.
- DO NOT SHOUT
Here are 2 good monologues, especially written and filmed by us for our students-Zeeshan and Yash Rajput. They got a break in theater and film!
These are contemporary dramatic monologues
Written and directed by acting coach Kiran Pande for his student- Zeeshan
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