Whether you’re auditioning for a school play, TV show, or movie, you’ll most likely need to find a monologue. Casting agents and directors look at monologues because they show memorization skill and also ability to be creative and portray a specific character within a long block of speech. The funny things with monologues is that a good one can be tough to find. It can also be challenging to find a unique and fresh monologue. Casting directors and agents call a lot of people in for auditions and they do not want to hear the same monologue over and over again. Here’s a few tips for finding the perfect monologue.
- Search farther than the first page on Google. Often times, people will type in “funny monologues for teens” or “monologues for female roles” or something along those lines. Many people are satisfied with those first few monologues because they’re easy to find and finding them doesn’t require a lot of work. DON’T BE LAZY when finding a monologue! You should spend a few days and at most a week or two finding a solid monologue.
- Look for something from your favorite actors or actresses. One of my favorite actresses, for example, is Audrey Hepburn. While some of her stuff may not be age appropriate for a teenage girl monologue, I might be able to find a monologue from one of her movies and make it age appropriate. Finding something from a favorite actor/actress of yours is a good way to refrain from picking super common, popular monologues.
- Stay age appropriate. As mentioned in the previous tip, if you find a monologue you like but it doesn’t quite fit your age range, you may be able to adjust it to fit. Be careful though. There are some monologues out there that definitely can’t be adjusted and should just be avoided by certain age groups all together.
- Stay away from new movies and TV show episodes. Monologues from new movies and TV shows will be grabbed by all of the people too lazy to look deep. I would also recommend staying away from monologues in super popular movies and TV shows. Those will also be commonly used.
I hope these tips will help your hunt for a solid monologue if you need one. Once you find a good monologue, practice it over and over again. You’ll want it memorized and you’ll also want to add character and movement to it and that will come after you memorize your monologue. Good luck!