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How to Perform a Monologue

  1. Monologues should always be spoken to another person.  Before you start, decide where your imaginary listener is located.  In general, he or she should be directly ahead of you. 
  2. Never use a member of your audition audience as your imaginary partner.  This destroys the illusion you are trying to create.
  3. Look at the spot your imaginary person is placed at the start of your monologue, when you want to emphasize a point and when you are awaiting a response.  However, do not constantly look at that spot.
  4. You must truly believe in the life you create on stage and stay in character your entire monologue.
  5. Use imaginary physical objects to react to in order to make the imaginary world you are creating come to life. 
  6. If you can find a monologue in which you quote what someone else has said, you will have the chance to show your talents in two different roles. 
  7. Be unpredictable.  Surprise the audience with how your character goes about obtaining his goal.  Unpredictability helps make a character more interesting to the audience.
  8. Try to change the way in which you are trying to achieve your objective as often as possible.  Write notes next to each line where you plan to adjust your strategy. 
  9. Start your monologue strong.  Don’t expect to use the beginning to warm up.
  10. End your monologue before your character resolves his conflict.  Leave the audience wanting more.