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How to Prepare a Monologue

Make your own luck by having a well-prepared monologue in your acting arsenal.


  • Step 1: Choose a monologue with a character that you connect with. Pick one that is two to three minutes long and engages the audience.
  • Step 2: Define the character by writing down the character’s history, relationships, education, occupation, income, hobbies, and important moments in their life.
  • TIP: Improvise scenes from your character’s life moments with a partner.
  • Step 3: Establish who you’re talking to in the scene. Picture a close friend or an imaginary person to give you the proper emotion.
  • TIP: Take the monologue out of the context of the play or film.
  • Step 4: Figure out what you want from the person you’re talking to, known as "intention" or "goal." Break down the monologue into "beats," or actions that you will use toward attaining your goal.
  • Step 5: Avoid starting slowly and know what your character was doing and feeling right before the monologue starts – the "moment before." Being prepared will erase nerves and make sure you make a good impression.
  • FACT: Released in 1927, The Jazz Singer was the first feature-length Hollywood "talkie."

You Will Need

  • A monologue
  • A pencil
  • Your imagination
  • An improv partner

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