Tips for Properly Preparing a One to Two Minute Monologue for Theater or Film Auditions
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Tips for Properly Preparing a One to Two Minute Monologue for Theater or Film Auditions

First time actors auditioning for both film and theater roles will have to at some point perform their own one to two minute prepared monologue. Although this may sound stressful it truly is not and may actually serve better for the actor in comparison to performing an already prepared piece during the audition.

All actors auditioning for either a play or a film role will sometimes face the same dilemma.  Rehearsing and performing a monologue rather than performing an already prepared piece.  Sometimes casting directors will have an actor perform their own monologue in order to evaluate an actor’s overall performance, originality, and ability to take direction.      

The first tip that should be mentioned when preparing a monologue for an audition is that the actor auditioning should avoid using a monologue that has already been performed in a film.  This is because a monologue from a film has already gained enough popularity and attention that the actor performing it will not be able to exercise his or her acting abilities.  Actors will often accidentally perform their monologue almost identically as the actor that originally performed it as they are constricted to performing the monologue with their own original expressions.  Monologues from books or other sources of literature are a much better choice as it gives the actor more room to perform the piece in a way of their own choosing. 

Although monologues are readily available, all a monologue truly is a demonstration of a certain set of acting abilities during the course of one to two minutes.  Therefore an actor auditioning for a play or a film role can virtually create and rehearse their own monologue.  Actors who create their own monologues and perform them during an audition is not usually common, however, it does allow for a sense of originality and allows for much more acting room that may impress the casting directors.  Actors have also been known to use one to two minute monologues that they themselves performed in previous plays during an audition.  This is also a good idea because the actor performing with an already rehearsed piece from a previous play or film role will perform this piece again but deliver it with much more confidence. 

When rehearsing the monologue it is important to first stay consistent.  Another great tip that actors should consider trying is to write the monologue out then remove the last letter of each word after every rehearsal.  What this does is it helps force memorization so that the actor can memorize the monologue at a much faster pace.  Always be sure to rehearse the monologue while standing as this will help the actor use body language and allow for the rehearsal to flow much more naturally.  Perfecting this will help the monologue appear much more ‘organic’ during the audition and may help the actor gain the role he or she is auditioning for.                    

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Good tips!