Monday, August 3, 2015

The Not So Perfect Child dramatic monologue for female by D. M. Larson - teen child actor

The Not So Perfect Child

by D. M. Larson

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The Not So Perfect Child by D. M. Larson from the published play "Flowers in the Desert" 
(ISBN-13: 978-1530169085)


(Quiet anger)
You hate me don't you? I am never good enough for you.
(Anger builds)
No matter what I do it's not as good as my sister.  I always have to hear how she would have done it better.  Or how she already did it better.


Why does she want to ruin my life?  She just wants to blot me out like I was some sort of mistake... I'm just a copy... A copy of a copy... Not as good as the original... Not as good as you.
(Sarcastic and bitter)

You are so perfect... Everyone around me is so perfect... And there was nothing left over for me... I am the leftover failures... I am the fatty waste you toss to the dogs.


Everyone hates me!  Why does everyone think I am so horrible... 
(Shakes and tries to hold back the fury) 

Probably because I am.  A horrible creature doomed to walk this earth and suffer... For you.

(Cries uncontrollably... Struggles to speak)

I'm hurting... Hurting so bad inside.  Cut off from everyone ... Punished for some past life wrongs... What did I do in a past life to deserve this... Or am I paying for the sins of my father... And mother... Am I your sin?  Or do I remind you of some sin you want to forget?

(Anger builds)

Or I am a disappointment that keeps disappointing.  I even disappoint myself.


I will never be my sister.  I don't want to be her.  I hate everything about her! 

(Cries... Sadness)

But I don't want to be me either.  Sometimes I want to fade away... Become a shadow... Fading away... Forgotten... Maybe if you forget about me I won't make you so sad anymore.


Find longer versions of this monologue at the links below:

Forget About Me

Me in Pieces

This monologue appears in the published play "Flowers in the Desert":

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    1. ( I previously posted a comment but don't think it went through). Well I'll start off by saying I'm 17 years old and throughout my life I've also wanted to do so much but I've never taken the initiative but when I came across the idea of acting I couldn't stop thinking about it. I decided to attend a free acting program and that is where I truly discovered that I Loved acting. I love being able to portray different emotions and becoming a completely different character from who I am. Acting has brought me out of my shell and made me less shy and self concious. I really enjoy acting and I would love to develop and improve my self more in the craft.

    2. Hello. I would like to be considered to use this monologue for a dramatic reading assessment in my Musical Productions class.

      1. In return for using the script royalty free, we ask you to complete 2 things in return:

    3. Hi. I would like to use this monologue to perform for my theater class at my high school.

    4. Hi, I was wondering if there would be a possibility of me being able to use this monologue for dramatic reading assessment for my Voice, Speech and Movement unit?

    5. May I please use this monolog for the FreeDrama acting classes?

    6. May I use this monologue for my auditions to a acting school?

      1. Sure, no problem. You can make official requests from

    7. Can this be for a 9 year old? Making sure because it has teen child. Thank you

      1. I think this works well for younger actors as well. There have been younger actors that have performed it.

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    9. Ok thank you. Can she use this monologue for her acting?

      1. Yes she may use the script - thank you

    10. May I please use this for my college audition next week?

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