I get asked a lot where to find good monologues. Some actors want one for general use and others want it specifically to audition for an agent. Whatever your reason for wanting to find a monologue and create memorable audition moments with it, selecting one that suits you best should be your top priority.
Who are you?
This question demands more than your age range. How people perceive you when you walk into a room is the same way a casting director is likely to perceive you. Think of some ways to describe what people see before you speak. Then think of some ways people might describe your personality. Consider what kinds of roles match those descriptions. If your delivery naturally sounds highly intellectual, you may find opportunities to play “educated” characters such as lawyers, doctors, and college professors.
Where are you?
If you’re in Boston, you’re less likely to find projects that ask for a Southern accent so choosing a monologue where you have one is not your strongest choice. Consider the types of roles you’ll likely be auditioning for in your area right now, and make your monologue decisions with geography in mind. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn other accents; that’s always an asset for any actor.
What kind of roles do you want?
Choose a monologue that puts you in the roles you desire most. If you want to play clergyman, detectives, or any other profession-type role, find a monologue that gives a chance to show how you look and sound as that type of character. One of those characters may be one you end up playing a lot of times, or you play for years in one role on TV. Maybe it’s the sweet-as-pie Grandmother roles you have in mind or the one who only seems sweet but really has a dark secret.
Where can you find a monologue?
Rather than refer people to popular or overused monologues, I offer to write fresh ones. If you know an actor looking for a strong monologue that’s never been done, let him or her know about this writing service from Acting Made Stupid Simple. For $45, they can get a 1-minute monologue or pay $65 for a 2-minute monologue. The actor would simply need to supply an age range, geographic region, and genre for the monologue. Payments can be sent via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.