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We were led to this conversation about the use of props in audition monologues by what we talked about in part 3 of this interview.
Tony: Do you like actors to use props when they come in to perform their audition monologues for you?
Tony: How many audition monologues do you think an actor needs to have ready to be able to perform at any given time?
Ingrid: It all depends on what they want to do. If for example an actor truly considers himself a dramatic actor, then I would say he should have at least two dramatic audition monologues ready to go. If he is interested in doing both comedic and dramatic work, then he might want to have one to two monologues of each type. And he might even want to have some more monologues ready. The thing is, if you are performing monologues for a casting director or an agent, you might do one monologue, but you never know if they will ask to see something else, so its always good to be ready. So to answer your question, I think three to four is a good number of monologues that an actor should always have prepared and ready to perform.
Tony: Is there a difference between what kinds of monologues you ask actors to perform based on the area for example in which the actor wants to concentrate? If an actor says that he is interested primarily in working with you to be sent out on auditions for film, would you ask him to do a different type of monologue than if he were interested primarily in theatre for example?
Ingrid: Yeah, what I ask them to perform will differ in the case of this example, but when I ask for monologues, I tell them that it doesnt matter to me whether it is from a film or a play or whether it is chosen from a monologue book. If the actors goal is to work in film, I would say that it would be best to choose one from a film, because the delivery will be different for a monologue from a film than it would be for one that has to be delivered on stage.
Something else to note is that when you do a monologue in an audition situation in a manager or talent agents office your space is so limited, so that even if it is a big theatrical monologue you will probably want to play it down a little bit because of the space.
In part 5 of this interview with Ingrid French she talks about why some actors get called back and offered representation while others do not.
If you are looking for books to help you with your monologue preparation, I can suggest these here below:
Also see here 12 common mistakes that actors make when performing their audition monologues and how to avoid them.
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