Criteria For Selecting An Audition Monologue
So I want to preface this blog post by saying that selecting an audition monologue is a deeply personal decision, so I can't tell anyone else exactly which monologue will be right for them. However, I think that these tips will help point you in the right direction. Many of these tips also apply for finding the perfect audition song. So, here we go:
1) Rhythm, pace and style
2) Length should be two minutes maximum, but quite often auditions will ask for a one minute monologue. With songs at most musical theatre auditions, it should usually be no more than 32 bars, unless they specifically ask for you to perform a full songs.
3) It's okay to cut and edit a monologue. For example, I often cut Shakespeare monologues when I use them because they don't always meet the time restrictions I need.
4) The most interesting part of a monologue is the middle.
5) Reasons to consider getting rid of an audition monologue: a. It's not fresh for you b. It's overdone. Keep in mind that overdone doesn't matter as much if it's a classical monologue c. Some places to look for less overdone modern monologues can include The New Play Exchange or The Kilroy List of best un produced plays.
6) Film auditions don't necessarily use monologues.
Remember: your career is a marathon, not a sprint.