Find That Best Piece: 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Audition Monologue
A majority of acting coaches will tell you that selecting an audition monologue is like choosing the best outfit to wear to a party. The first thing you’d likely ask yourself is, “What kind of party is it?” You would also want to know the kind of people attending, the venue, and if you’re feeling brave, you might even ask yourself the biggest question there is, “How can I make an everlasting impression?”
As an actor, the last question should play over and over when thinking about your audition monologue. Casting directors go over profiles of thousands of other talents in a day, so your primary goal is to stand out, not blend in. If you happen to be scratching your head while choosing the best monologue for your next audition, then these tips are sure to help you narrow down that list.
Here are 5 tips for choosing the best audition monologue.
5 Professional-Approved Tips for Choosing the Best Audition Monologue
1. Choose a monologue that fits you
You need to know your “actor type” as well as your range. If you fit into the younger, girl-next-door archetype, then don’t try being a femme fatale. A monologue should show who you are and at no point should it be an outrageous attempt to impress the casting directors. The more natural you are (aka when the producers can’t tell you’re acting), the better shot you have at making a lasting impression.
2. Choose an entertaining monologue
Everyone has seen—and cringed at—those scenes where the actor tries really hard. Imagine being a casting director and having to endure watching that all day! Be one step ahead of a competition by preparing a monologue you love. Make sure it shows a range of emotion. One monologue that sits well with casting directors is a serio-comedic one. These monologues typically start with a lot of laugh but end up being incredibly heartbreaking or extremely touching.
3. Avoid offensive or vulgar language
You’ve been told a lot of times that auditions are like job interviews, so they should definitely be treated as one. An audition monologue that contains a lot of offensive language, sexual acts, or descriptions of graphic violence is all just in bad taste. It also happens to say a lot about who you are as a person, so you’re best avoiding them at all costs.
4. Avoid overdone monologues
Shakespeare monologues or those done in Oscar-winning roles (think Angelina Jolie in Girl Interrupted) are tempting, but they won’t do your audition any good. You’ll only end up getting compared a lot to the original. If you’re looking for a unique monologue, try going for works written by J.D. Salinger. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey are drizzled with catchy lines and emotional scenes that will allow you to capture the imagination of casting directors.
5. Choose a monologue that allows you to showcase your range
One note monologue are audition pieces that are delivered in a single angry rant or two minutes of nonstop weeping. It doesn’t matter how impressive your tear ducts are, these types of monologues just don’t work. Instead, you need to go for a monologue that allows you to show how skilled you are at transitioning between scenes and emotions. Transitions are no doubt the best way to showcase your acting range, and it is also how the casting directors can tell how good of an actor you are.
Find That Best Piece: 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Audition Monologue by Holly