young actor seeks advice
Ok, well…… I’m 17 and I’ve been acting about 5 yrs now, but never really done anything serious. I’ve been in a few commercials and done some extra work, but thats as far my career goes. I really want to start sculpting myself into a professional actor. The steps I’ve taken to get into this position are: enrolling in acting classes and talking to my agent ( whom I am seriously considering DUMPING) I often read in this NG posts regarding monologues, can anyone enlighten me on that, and tell me more about what monologues involve? Any other info you might have for me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jimmy
Jimmy — Monologues are short (usually 1-2 min.) pieces that actors sometimes use to audition. Most actors choose monologues from existing plays, and it’s usually better to choose one that is already a monologue in the play (meaning you don’t have to cut out the other characters’ lines, because there aren’t any). A few actors write their own monologues, but if you’re just beginning, it’s probably best to choose one from a good play. Find a character that you feel strongly about, with a monologue that comes at a meaningful point in the play. Work on the monologue as you would a role in a play, and memorize it. If you’re going to use it for auditions, consider taking it into your acting class and having the teacher help you with it. Good luck! Katherine Mayfield Author, "Acting A to Z: The Young Person’s Guide to a Stage or Screen Career" and "Smart Actors, Foolish Choices"
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