Tips to Perform Your Best Monologue

Monologues are generally used in the theatres during plays or dramas.  As the word ‘mono’ means single so, the term monologue signifies a speech presented by a single character. Monologues are used both in dramatic as well as in non-dramatic media like poetry, theatre, films, etc. It is often difficult for an actor to perform a monologue because the actor always prefers to act with another actor or the group of other actors in a scene.

The monologues are not always used in acting, but they are also used during auditions. While many people really find the part of performing the monologue one of the most daunting tasks, it’s something that defines your personality and gives you an edge over other actors, if done with confidence. Therefore, here are the ten important tips for preparing a monologue with confidence:

Acing your acting monologue audition1. Don’t take your audition as an assignment but consider it as an opportunity

The main part of an audition is to perform a monologue. Sometimes, it is considered an important assignment in the acting classes. But it is important for an actor to love and enjoy the assignment, which is their monologue. They must select the appropriate monologue to be connected with it. Try to think of audition as mere acting, to lessen some of your pressure during the audition.

2. Don’t show your overconfidence, instead be confident and natural

Trusting yourself and your capabilities are two most essential parts of delivering a monologue. So, while performing, you must be confident by standing straight, projecting your voice and focusing on the audience or other judges sitting in front of you. For a better audition, your introduction is the initial part of your performance and make sure you know the secret of becoming a confident actor.

Firstly, you introduce yourself and then introduce your audience to the play and the character’s name. Pretending to be “jack of all trades” is always dangerous. So, avoid pretending to know all and everything.

If the director finds you passionate in your work and performance, be sure that you have come to his/her expectation. To show your passions share your thoughts and ideas and show your energy towards your work.

3. Take time to choose the appropriate monologue for you, but don’t waste time in taking the right decision

Pick up a monologue appropriate to the role. For example, choose a funny monologue for a comical role whereas choosing a dramatic monologue for a serious role. While choosing the right option you have to be more active and faster. You cannot waste time taking the right choice. This may sound unprofessional in your part.

The most important part of your monologue is to focus on your character and don’t get diverted by any things of your surroundings.

4. Master yourself to show the transition in the monologue

An excellent monologue is always characterized by a clear and concise narrative arch. This narrative arc includes one transition within different scenes. For instance, the entire monologue cannot be fully serious or comical in nature. So, you don’t have to shout or laugh during your entire audition. Show some variation while enacting the angry scene and the emotional part of the monologue. Smooth transitioning from one mood to another within the act will make your character more natural.

This would help your director to know your capability and potentiality. If you are dissatisfied with the judgment of your director, then give him the time and space to clarify their point. You can only learn from the feedback given by your auditors or directors.

5. Avoid using too many movements and gestures

In some occasions, physical movements and gesture are needed while performing a monologue. But, in most of the cases, it is better to show less movement as sometimes, excessive gestures and movements may destroy the beauty and feel of your monologue. Excessive gestures often lead your audience or director to spot you as nervous or incapable of acting. So, make it a habit to focus on the main character that you will be performing by sitting or standing quietly.

6. Warm up yourself by singing or running through your lines.

It is necessary to warm up your voice before an audition.  This can be done by singing some notes to warm up your voice. You can also warm up yourself by performing certain simple exercises like, taking a deep breath, stretching your body, and by massaging the jaw, chest, and shoulder areas of your body.

7.  Don’t let your fear ruin all your efforts in the audition room

While performing an audition of a monologue, your panic and your nervous breakdown are your biggest enemies. A lot of actors and actresses feel nervous while auditioning. It is quite common; if you are well-prepared, then you can confidently perform your monologue in the audition room.

8. Never stand too close to the auditors or look at the auditors directly

Ophelias monologue in HamletIt often becomes uncomfortable for the auditors and the actors if the actor seems to look directly at them. Most actors seem to know not to do this, but it happens unknowingly. So, it is better to find a place to focus that best creates the illusion that you are talking to someone just behind them.

It is equally important for an actor to keep a good distance from the auditors and the audience. As they may think you as a stranger, who got too close to them. If you get too close to your auditors, then it might show that you are unaware of, or don’t care about their temperament.

9. Never go for an unsupported or mumbling voice, try to sound clear.

During the performance, your voice should be clear and prominent, and your interaction with the audience must be direct. This would help you to highlight your ability and confidence. There are well- established professional New York City classes and many national level theatre schools that will help you develop the clarity in your voice. 

10. Try to prove yourself as the best by giving your best

Everything is up to you, whether you grab the bull by the horns or let it go. It is your own choice to act, so, entertain, engage, soak in it, and make it yours. Always remember that your main aim to become an actor is to entertain others and express yourself to others in your best possible way. So, follow these rules in your audition as well.