A Monologue is an Outrageous Situation! How to Survive the 60-Second Audition explains how to successfully tackle the "cattle call" acting audition with a sixty-second monologue. Through Q&As, tips, director’s notes, and a glossary full of outrageous actions meant to inspire the actor into truly connecting with the piece, this book shows actors where and how to find a monologue, edit it, and give the best audition possible.
Table of Contents
Part One: A Monologue is…?
- An Audition is an outrageous situation
- The Sixty second Dilemma
- What is a monologue?
- A monologue is an Outrageous situation
- What to Look for when choosing a Monologue
- What to Avoid in a Monologue
- Read the Play
- Ask the Stanislavski Question
- Given Circumstances
- Take 3 Tips from the script
- Editing a Monologue—include Table
- Piecing a monologue together—include Table
- How to Move (Because you must)
- Monologue Pitfalls
- Exercises and Improvs
- Steps of Your Audition
- How Should I introduce my Monologue?
- Where Should I place My Focus? Focus 1.0, 2.0
- Should I take time to ‘get into it’ before I start?
- Your Actual Run Time
- Your Audition Must Show…
- Your Sixty-second Audition Must Prove…
- How much can the Auditors See in 60 seconds?
- What Do the Auditors Want to See in a Call Back?
- When Does the Audition Really Begin?
- When Does the Audition End?
- Realism is Not Real
- Playing Emotion
- Playing Explosions
- Playing Characters that are Rich
- That are Poor
- That are heroic
- That are evil
- That are courageous
- That are cowardly
- Crying and Yelling is Not Dramatic
- Don’t TRY to be Funny
- Dress and Hygiene for Men
- Dress and Hygiene for Women
- Final Thought on Clothes
- Tattoo is Taboo
Part Two: Working on a Monologue
Part Three: Time to Audition
Part Four: "Just a Few Notes."
- MONOLOGUE SUGGESTIONS
- WHERE TO FIND MONOLOGUES
- UNIFIED AUDITIONS
- HEAD SHOT PRODUCTION
Herb Parker is the Associate Professor in the Division of Theatre and Dance, Department of Communication and Performance at East Tennessee State University. He is a recipient of the KCACTF "Excellence in Directing" Meritorious Achievement Award and a 35-year member of Actors Equity Association. He is the author of BARK LIKE A DOG! Outrageous Ideas for Actors published in 2013 by Spring Knoll Press.