So I have an audition coming up next week for the potential of spending a couple of weeks in New York meeting industry people and showcasing work at a top theatre venue. I am extremely excited and 100% want to go. I have to choose two contrasting monologues and this is where I am ill prepared.
I can’t stress how important it is to have monologues ready at your disposal. You should always have a modern piece and classical piece but it’s also nice to have a variety of genres so you can be fully equipped for any sort of performance. It is also vital that you read the play the monologue is from. I can almost guarantee that you will be asked about the play and ultimately why you choose that particular monologue.
Each time I have had to prepare a monologue I have the same moment of panic when I trawl through the internet, audition books and look for something fitting. So here I am once again, slightly panicked and annoyed at myself that during my “resting” period I wasn’t productive and chosen some. It’s not too bad as I have read 100s of plays so there will be some that will work I just have to remind myself. The dilemma I have is what to go for. I would like to go for a dramatic piece and comedic piece but should I stick to the old formula of modern and classical? I can always make one of them comedic and one straight… I have little over a week to research, choose and learn the monologues and nail them. Its fine I have enough time I just wish I had some at my disposal already. But this time I have learnt my lesson I am going to get a collection together – do a bit of a Monica – and have several entries. Comedic, dramatic, modern, classical etc etc.
I have been to the theatre quite a lot lately which is always goods, inspires you to create more and be productive even when you’re waiting for the next gig. All the auditions I have had so far have gone really really well but alas at the moment to no avail. I think because they all went so well I kind of told myself that I was going to get a yes any day so chilled a bit. You can never ever sit back, you have to be constantly researching and practising so you can always be one step ahead, for such eventualities as this current audition. This was a programme I applied to ages ago and had completely forgotten about, and at the time I thought it was a long shot anyway. It’s funny it always seems to be the ones you don’t expect that come through. Whether it’s a bad audition or a job which you feel doesn’t fit you always seem to be surprised.
Well once again I have something to focus on and direct my energy towards, but I must keep the drive going and once this is over strive towards something else rather than just waiting for another audition. I think I am going to set myself the target of reading a certain amount of plays a month at least. This way when the audition is over and the pressure has subsided I won’t be left with nothing and the feeling of being flat and without direction. Mmm, what to read first?