WHAT IS A
Some people might define a monologue as a dramatic speech. But the actual definition is more specific than that...
A monologue is a scene where only one character speaks. The other character listens. And here's the catch... you're going to imagine that other character standing in front of you.
Why is the definition so important? Because as an actor, you must always be pursuing an objective. You must remain active.
A Good Monologue
A well-written monologue makes them remember you. Good audition monologues will:
Be less than two minutes. Two minutes is more than enough to show your stuff. They say, first impressions are important! Make sure you think about what impression you want to make.
Have a clear objective. You can't just stand there and talk. You have to be actively talking to someone you've imagined, and you must be trying to get something from them.
Have a distinct beginning, middle, and end.
Beginning: A strong first sentence to capture attention.
Middle: Lots of juicy content.
End: A strong finish.
When your monologue has structure, the auditors are more likely to remember you.
Choosing a Monologue
Actors often get hung up choosing a monologue. But it's very simple: Pick one you love. If you're going to bring it to life, you must first love it.
Also, it's important to choose from a few contrasting monologues.
A classical comedic
A classical dramatic
A contemporary comedic
A contemporary dramatic
After you decide, read it aloud to yourself. Don't feel any pressure to act. Just listen to the words fall out of you.
How do they make you feel?
What images come to mind?
Maybe you'll want to write down your reactions.