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How to Prepare a Monologue

If you want to ever get cast in a play or musical you need to have a good monologue. There are so many actors and actresses who think that all they have to do is look beautiful and be clever to make there monologue sell.

If you want to ever get cast in a play or musical you need to have a good monologue. There are so many actors and actresses who think that all they have to do is look beautiful and be clever to make there monologue sell. You will discover that you are far from the truth. Read on to learn about how to prepare a monologue.

If you’re monologue is from a play make sure you read the full play several times. This will help you get the feel of the play as well as the character you are portraying. If you are practicing a monologue from a movie watch the movie several times. Also, if you can find the original screenplay read that. There are usually full scenes cut out from the movie which will help you get a better idea of the film and character.

Now you should start memorizing the monologue word for word. Make sure you can say it anywhere without having to think about what comes next. This is probably one of the most important and basic parts of preparing a monologue.

Figure out what the character wants to achieve in the monologue. Why is he or she saying the words and what does he want from ‘the other.’ Try and find the beginning, the middle and the end of the piece and break it into those parts.

Try and keep your hand gestures, walking and props to a minimum. Only use a gesture when you must. If you are using too much of them it can seem like you are nervous or just trying to be clever.

If the character is speaking to another person try and have that person in your mind. Visualize them in your head and really try and see there reactions to what you are saying. This will help you be more involved in the role. You should practice the monologue using a mirror or an object. When you are comfortable enough you should try performing it for a friend or fellow actor. Ask them for any feedback they can give.

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