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A Monologue is an Outrageous Situation! by Herb Parker

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What to Look for in a Monologue

The list of audition monologue dos and don’ts are legion these days. To help you choose the best monologue for your audition let me speak in general terms about a few things.

Your Type

You must know your Type and make your monologue choice accordingly. This is one of the first lessons you will learn as an actor. It is hard but it is necessary that you accept it and even embrace it. Cynically, it is fair to say that you must exploit it. Your Type is what people think of you as you enter the room; it is the sort of actor they assume you will be when they first see you. I am not speaking about stereotype, in which the image of a person or thing is oversimplified to the point of the cliché. With Type I am ...

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