A strong dramatic monologue is critical to the success of a young actor’s audition. Help your child choose a piece that really packs a punch and makes a memorable impression. A dramatic monologue should draw out a young actor’s emotional range. The character should show different levels of emotion. An actor should take his audience on a two-minute journey that has such an impact on them, they remember it and think about it long after the actor has left the room. Well-written dramatic monologues give child actors the opportunity to delve deeply into the well of their talents and show their unique abilities to become the characters they are portraying. A character should go through a metamorphosis or discovery. It’s not enough to simply play the surface emotion of the character. If a character is angry, for example, you need to find out why. Finding the nuances and depths of the emotion of a character is an actor’s job. For example, there are many ways of playing anger besides yelling. Sometimes anger can come out very softly. Explore all the ways that work for you, and try to use more than one. Playing general anger serves neither the actor nor the material, and it certainly will not satisfy an audience. People are complex beings and an actor’s performance should reflect this complexity. The higher the stakes, the better the performance. That’s not to imply a performance should “appear” difficult. Raising the stakes simply means making the outcome more important to the character. Feelings and words should float from the page organically, as though the character is having the thought for the first time.
Our well-crafted dramatic monologues provide young actors with a blueprint for embarking on their character’s exciting dramatic journey. The words will guide them as they peel away the layers of their character’s rich inner life, allowing young actors to enjoy flexing their acting muscles! The more passionate young actors are about delving into the honesty of the character, the more likely they will be to touch their audiences and book the jobs!