Confidence Comes from the Mastery of the Craft 📷Shirley Temple
My acting coaching clients are always on the lookout for new monologues; for this reason, Monologue Mastery is so very popular in our community of Actors. I’m always renewing and updating my coaching materials to cover a wide variety of roles and characters from all walks of life. I choose to guide the most energetic and ambitious performances that showcase exceptional talent, great passion and disposition.
Work that is challenging and that helps us reach the highest levels of mastery we can wish. I’m delighted to see the transformation in my Actors throughout the process of creation. I always highlight the importance of picking great monologues, the best you can find.
Choosing the right monologues serves you not only to audition and get bookings but most importantly, to sharpen your craft. Having a good selection of monologues under your belt is the best way to challenge your ability and to develop a heightened awareness while engaging deep character-focused work. Ideally, you will be creating a large inventory of human character traits to help you embody any role with ease and mostly with great delight. Confidence comes from the mastery of the craft, nothing else. Here are three of the most exciting monologues we are currently working on at Acting Career Coach.📷Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash
Magnificent Monologues for Girls 11–17+
What’s the Monologue Anne — Passionate Anne “Mrs Lynde, I’m extremely sorry I behaved so terribly…” Lucy Maud Montgomery, “Anne of the Green Gables.”
The Character Anne Shirley Anne of Green Gables, children’s novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, published in 1908. The work, a sentimental but charming coming-of-age story about a spirited and unconventional orphan girl who finds a home with elderly siblings, Mathew and Marilla, became a classic of children’s literature and led to several sequels. Anne Shirley, is a fictional character, the heroine of Anne of Green Gables (1908) and several subsequent novels for children by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Anne, a red-haired Canadian orphan, is an imaginative, high-spirited girl who speaks her mind. She wants, above all, to find a home with people who will love her. Anne goes to live with an elderly brother and sister in a house with green gables on a farm on Prince Edward Island. Impulsive and sometimes mischievous, Anne has many misadventures, but she matures in the course of the book, and in the end, wins a scholarship to college. The young girl is intelligent and precocious. Unaware of the social norms of her adopted world, she behaves mostly according to her instincts, and as a result, she is both shocking and charming. She makes mistakes in social situations, she is inept when it comes to customary female roles, but she is remarkably intelligent. She learns to adapt the rules of her world to her own will. As a result, she is most successful in establishing herself as her person Anne is a strong character, one who can adapt to her circumstances while maintaining her own will and personality.📷Photo by Wadi Lissa on Unsplash
Tips for Learning and Performing it Be sure to explore Anne’s past, her infancy and childhood growing up and dig in her imagination. Imagine everything that ML Montgomery doesn’t tell us about Anne. All and everything that happened before Green Gables. Imagine what it is like to be so imaginative. Let your imagination run wild as an exercise to get into character. Think deeply of the way she is saying the words. Don’t assume. Go back as far as when she was a baby who lost her parents and was made an orphan. Try to understand where does here passion reside deeply. What are her biggest dreams and her greatest fears? Do not attempt to learn the lines until you know Anne inside out like the palm of your hand (if you know it). During the delivery, make sure you savour the words. Have a clear, palpable and real line of thought. Treat each idea as a feeling that produces poetry in you. Thus you speak it. #
Why is it a great Monologue? This monologue is fantastic to showcase sheer sweetness, an emotional, highly spirited character. A heroic character that knows how to stand up and speak up for herself in the most clever and agreeable of ways. It showcases passion way beyond the ordinary. When you learn it well, you showcase a heart to fall in love. While you also demonstrate a touch of cheekiness and sharp intelligence.📷Photo by Karina Tess on Unsplash
Magnificent Monologues for Girls 14 + Joan of ArC — Divine Power How lucky and blessed are we as women and girls to have Saint Joan as an example of strength, power and divine blessing where it was least expected in a young illiterate teenage girl.The Monologue “God will be merciful to them, and they will act like His good children when…” George Bernard Shaw. Saint Joan
Character Joan of Arc was gifted with visions instructing her to liberate France from the armies of the English. As a young woman, she defied friends, family, and even members of the government in her attempts to free the French. By the strength of Joan’s personality and her ability to foretell the future, Joan convinced the King of France to grant her an armed force. In return, she led her small band of followers to take on and defeat the might of the English. Her conviction ensured her a place at the forefront of France’s military history.
Tips for Learning and Performing Be sure to learn the history of this real-life character inside out. Improvise scenes of the life of Saint Joan up to the point when the monologue happens. Became aware of the meaning of having “visions” and how they feel. Who else in history had divine visions and how did they lead their life. Learn about the influence of the Catholic faith at the time. Also study how women, and specifically young girls were viewed and treated in the times Saint Joan lived. Imagine how it would be like for you to receive a divine calling that carries the responsibility of liberating your country. Visualise it now. How does that feel? Feel those feelings often. Milk them and make them a part of you while you play this role. During the delivery, enjoy each word. Treat the monologue entirely as a message coming directly from God.📷Photo by Garrett Jackson on Unsplash
Why is it a Great Monologue? This monologue showcases the extraordinary passion and firm faith of the character. A divine calling. The power within and belief beyond the extraordinary. It shows sheer determination. It goes against the norm and defies all sorts of social rules. When played well, this monologue can have a monumental impact on the viewers and lead to intellectual conversation. Magnificent Monologue for
Boys 14+ The Monologue This is a heated conversation between Cori and his father, Troy. However, at Acting Career Coach we have taken out all of Troy’s lines and made it into Cori’s monologue. Cori Maxson- Heartbroken “I got to get by — you in my way. I got to get by. Come on, Pop . . . I got to get by.” August Wilson, FencesThe Character The son of Troy and Rose, Cory embodies hope for the future unmet by the pessimism of his father. When Cory seeks love and compassion in his relationship with Troy, it’s met with a hardened toughness, as his father believes that his relationship with his son is born out of sheer duty — not love.— Cory has optimism about his future. Troy, however, views Cory’s career aspirations as idealistic and detached from the realities of their society.📷Photo by Sheldon and on Unsplash
Tips for Learning and Performing it Children want to please their parents forever. This goes on, for many, even far into adulthood. Throughout this conversation, Troy makes it clear to Cori that that will never be the case in this Father-Son relationship. Troy is not pleased with Cori and never will be. No matter what Cori does. While Troy is busy performing an arm-wrestling power struggle with himself. Cori is getting his heartbroken. Ensure you know what Troy is saying. It’s important to understand that your monologue is nothing but a reaction to Troy’s words and attitude. Throughout the performance, you need to be responding and reacting only. None of this comes from you, Cory. You don’t want this. This is all Troy’s doing. Cori gets more and heartbroken with his unreasonable dad’s behaviour. Why is this such a great monologue?
This monologue showcases strength and desperation in equal parts. Cori can keep his line of thought and talk about what matters to him, including his love for his father, even though his father is being reasonable and egocentric. Also although this is a no-win argument for Cori, he exposes his feelings as they are, and he holds his strength until the end.
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