Tips for preparing an audition monologue

tips for preparing an audition monolgue
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Doing a monologue for an audition is a pretty intimidating prospect, and rightly so. It is just you out there being judged alone.
If you are reading a scene you will probably have the sides in your hand, and you will be reading with another actor or the casting director, if you are singing a song at least you have the accompanist ‘with’ you.
A monologue is a different kettle of fish, it is just you presenting something with no context, a moment from a play ‘snatched from thin air’.
I would always recommend working with a coach on a monologue, I know I would say that because I am one!
It is really important that you get an outside eye on your piece, someone who can advise you and take what works about you and let that shine through in your performance. A coach is also great at spotting your little ticks or habits which you might be oblivious to, and helping you to eliminate them.
Working with a coach should also build your confidence and allow you to approach an audition with a sense of freedom, play and professionalism which will impress.
Its not always possible to work with a coach on a piece, and in those situations we hope we can help. Use our lists to help you to choose a speech which is suitable for both you and the part you are auditioning for.

Use the following tips to prepare your monologue audition the right way.

Actor Hub’s Recommended Audition Monologues
If you want to suggest a monologue for these lists or ask about our choices get in touch with me via Twitter
  • Auditioning for drama school? Here are our favourite ‘modern’ audition monologues for females
  • Our picks for drama school auditions – modern male monologues. Keep checking back as we constantly update this list.
  • Choosing a monologue for an audition? Here are the Actor Hub picks of the best men’s classical and Shakespearean monologues.
  • The Actor Hub list of classical and Shakespearean audition monologues for females for drama school auditions and theatre castings.