One of the most nerve-wracking parts of an audition is choosing the right piece to say before your audition panel. When selecting the perfect one, it doesn’t necessarily follow that your favorite parts of a full production will work as an audition monologue. To help you out, we’ve compiled some tips that can help you choose a piece that will work perfectly for you.
Tips for Choosing a Winning Monologue
1. Choose a piece that suits who you are right now.
This means that aside from selecting a monologue that allows you to express your uniqueness as a person, you must also choose based on how age-appropriate it is. For instance, if you’re a young adult woman in your early twenties, don’t bend yourself out of shape trying to act like an older woman, just because you’re tired of playing young roles and would like to come across as more mature. As an actor, it’s important that you sync your acting with who you actually are as a person at that moment in time. This doesn’t just pertain to age but also to other factors like energy, personality, and status.
2. Choose a piece that allows you to be active.
As much as possible, it should be in the moment and not passive, like as in a character simply telling a story. Choose pieces that showcase your character doing something dynamic or making a discovery. It should be showing your character in the moment when the stakes are the highest for him.
3. Choose monologue or material that is not experimental and nonlinear.
As audition is not really the time to be adventurous; you can wait until you actually get the role first. The reason for this advice is because with experimental, nonlinear work, it’s so difficult to determine what your acting style could be. Audition panels need to understand what you’re about and what’s happening in the context of your piece. Instead, you should choose a monologue that suits the nature of the show or production you’re auditioning for.
4. Choose material that actually highlights your acting skills and not some other skills.
For instance, if you’re also talented as a singer or dancer, this is not the time to be singing a production number from a musical just because you want to feature your other skills. The purpose of the audition is because the organizers want to see if you actually have what it takes to portray and flesh out the character. If they want to see your other skills, the panel will usually ask, and that’s the time when you should showcase them.
5. Don’t choose pieces that contain offensive material.
An audition is much like a job interview. When you show up for a job interview, you present yourself to the interviewers in a neat manner and talk to them politely. It’s the same thing with an audition. You should take note that when the casting director first meets with you, he knows absolutely nothing about you, and thus, choosing pieces that are full of offensive language or contain graphic violence or sexual elements is just rude and in poor taste.
Guide to Choosing the Perfect Audition Monologue by George