Wednesday, October 8, 2014

For new actors: monologues to use when you are nervous about acting in an audition or for class (help with stage fright)

I have encountered many new actors who talk about getting really nervous when performing a monologues.  Monologues are tough because you're the only one up in front of an audience (even if it is a few people in a class or workshop) and there are no other actors to work off of.  The best thing to do in these situations where you are nervous and might have stage fright is to select a monologue that works with your nervs.  Find a character that is nervous too and use that nervous energy to your advantage.

Here are some great free monologues on the Freedrama.net website that can work well with nerves:

"Hidden in the Night" - Adapted Short Monologue- Female (2-3 minutes)

"Flowers from Phil" - Short Comedic Monologue from Published Script- Male (1 minute)

"Before You Punch Me" Monologue - Male (2 minutes)

"Growing Up is Hard to Do" - Short Comedic Monologue from the play "Between Good and Evil" - Male (new) - link goes to Freedrama blog

"Waiting on the Bride" Monologue - Male (2-3 minutes)

"I Need Detention" Monologue - Male (2 minutes)

"Fanny" Comedy monologue from a published play - Female (1 minute)

"The Monster" - Dramatic monologue for female adapted from the play "Holy Ground" (new)

"My Mask" Monologue from a published play - Female (30 seconds)

"Mugged in Metropolis" - Monologue- Female (1-2 minutes)

"No Witnesses" - Dramatic Monologue for Kids - Male or Female (1-2 minutes)

"The Not So Perfect Child" - Monologue- Female (2-3 minutes)

"Perfectly Ugly" Monologue from a published play - Female (1+ minutes)

"Quitting" - Monologue- Male or Female (1-2 minutes)


"Much Madness" Dramatic Monologue-Female (2-3 minutes)

"Demons" - Short Dramatic Monologue for male or female (3 minutes)

"Catchick" - Short Comedic Monologue from the play "Superhero Support Group" - Female (new) 


Don't feel bad if you have stage fright.  Believe it or not, some great performers deal with this all the time.  

Stage fright is a challenge a lot of people have. I've acted many times but I still get nervous right before I go on. But once I start performing I totally forget about the people and focus on my character. Focus only on your character and your story. Become that character. If you become the character, then it is this other person up there and not yourself. And don't look at anyone. Pick a point to look at in the back of the room and focus on that. 

Many performers (including myself) use the nervous energy and put it in your performance:

"If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear?" ~ Stevie Nicks

Don't feel bad about being nervous. Some very famous people had stage fright: Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep and Sir Laurence Olivier.

"I get stage fright and gremlins in my head saying: 'You're going to forget your lines'." Alan Rickman (Snape of Harry Potter fame)

More free monologues: http://freedrama.net/small1.html

More free acting tips for new actors: http://freedrama.net/acting.html

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