You can act, you can sing, maybe you can even dance, play an instrument, and eat fire, but can you AUDITION? Can you go into the room and present yourself in a professional manner, and not open the door to any unnecessary judgment or questions? I’ve heard many people say that this is a separate skill, and while I don’t know if I completely buy into that theory, I do know that there is one thing an actor will do if given the chance: shoot themselves in the foot. Here’s how not to do that.
When it comes to casting, much is uncertain. One thing, however, is guaranteed: if you want to land your dream role, you need to come to an audition prepared. Your monologue and song should be in a similar style and genre for the show you’re auditioning for – but not from the actual show(s). But to go even further, you should tailor your material to the role(s) you’re right for in the show/season. Luckily, you can now use StageAgent to find specific audition monologue and song recommendations based off of a character’s attributes.
Whether you’re just starting out in the biz or a longtime pro, the search for the perfect monologue never ends. Monologues are frequently used in auditions, coaching sessions, and classes, so it’s important to know how to look and where to begin your search.
First of all, you’re starting in the right place—StageAgent has a huge directory of monologues, all linked to play or musical study guides. There, you can read the monologues themselves, but also information about the context in which they are spoken, and links to a character analysis and a guide to the play as a whole.
Young actors can often get confused about the differences between a soliloquy and monologue. Soliloquies and monologues are widely used by one of my favorite playwrights, William Shakespeare. Approaching Shakespeare as an actor is both thrilling and intimidating. Most thrilling is that you can allow Shakespeare’s brilliant language to do a lot of the grunt … Continue reading Soliloquy Compared to a Monologue
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