As promised, I’ve got the down low on the 20 Monologue Challenge.
First, this is what my bag of tricks is looking like these days:
It’s kind of hard to tell in the picture, but what used to be a pretty robust binder of audition monologues has been carefully weeded down to a number much too small to be professionally useful. Some of the monologues I removed never should have been in there to begin with, but many of them were discarded because I’ve gotten a little older. More importantly, I can finally play roles that are older than 16 without coming off ridiculous. So my bag needs to reflect my new, wonderful, married and mommy-fied self. Who can (fortunately? unfortunately?) still play 16.
Although there are a decent handful of monologues in this binder still there are exactly 3 that I am currently excited about doing. Remember I said this is a 20 monologue challenge? And just in case you were wondering, it’s not 20 mediocre “hits.” It’s going to be 20 monologues I can rock, that I feel passionate about and which showcase who I am as an artist/actress.
So that whole “read a play a week” thing is starting to look like a more rational decision, huh? Thank goodness I love to read.
But WHY 20 monologues? Well, my audition coach mentioned this to me (did I mention she’s wonderful) and gave me some recommended reading on the topic, most of which can be found here.
Basically, the reason to complete this 20 monologue challenge is to have a wide variety of hard-picked, hard-rehearsed and rockin’ audition pieces for whatever comes up. 20 pieces you have worked to the bone and beyond (to glory) so that you never get stuck at the last minute going, “Ooooh, I don’t really have anything for that.” Also, so that when you walk into an audition, show them your piece(s) and they aren’t diggin’ it, you’ve got a plethora more for them to enjoy.
It’s about a journey through an ocean of great material, the end goal of which is a really credible portfolio of your work. Needless to say, I’m super-psyched. I love a good challenge. Monologue updates to follow soon!