When it comes to guidance and advice especially for those preparing for monologues or an upcoming audition, preparation and hard work are key. Here is our top 5 tips.
1. Choosing a monologue piece
• Find a character or role that you believe you’ll likely be casted for.
• Choose a character that’s close to your age, physicality, gender, type etc.
• Try to avoid accents unless you’ve been specifically advised
2. Prepare Thoroughly
• Once you’ve read it, start to identify the character’s objectives and actions
• If you’re unsure of the meaning of some of the words, look them up
• If there is unfamiliar words, check the correct (esp. with Shakespeare)
• Keep going over the lines and then perform his in front of someone prior to your audition.
3. Before you arrive warm up
• You may not have time or the room to warm up so make sure you do this prior
• If you’re a nervous try to control your breathing by taking deep breaths
• Use your diaphragm when projecting your voice. Don’t shout!
4. Keep it simple
• It’s best to keep still only unless movement is required
• Don’t lock yourself into patterns. Be flexible and in the moment
5. Be positive and confident before and after your audition
• Be yourself and have confidence
• Always project a friendly and professional demeanour
• Answer all questions with honestly and directly