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Monologue Monday (On Tuesday)

18 Jul

I was thinking it’d be fun to start a little Monologue Monday thing. Keep those acting juices fresh and work on monologues. Share a link if you end up posting a monologue so I can take a look 🙂

 

 

The Art of the Perfect Monologue

4 Jul

I happen to love performing monologues.

Whenever I’m not in a regular acting class or working on set for a project, I feel like its a great way to keep my acting chops sharp. Plus, its fun.

They can also be very educational. If you need practice on your timing, hitting the different emotions, or understanding your own movements and body,  monologues are a great little exercise for you. They aren’t a substitution for professional training, but they can definitely help you overcome some of your own personal acting challenges.

Want an example? Maybe you haven’t noticed (and if you haven’t, pretend I didn’t say anything) but I have pretty big eyes. While some people things its wonderful, and I’m quite fond of them nowadays too, they were actually a pretty big challenge for me when I first started modeling and then when I shifted into acting. I didn’t know what to do with them, how to focus them, and how to not look like an anime character.

Recording myself and acting at home really helped me get used to them and make them work for me instead of against me.

Now that you’re convinced, lets talk a little more about how to choose a monologue. I’ve performed all kinds, from the really zany to the incredibly deep. Though I do think finding the right monologue is a bit of a learning process, here are a few things that you should keep in mind if you are in the market for a new one:

  1. Keep in mind the characters you are hoping to play- If you need to perform a monologue for an agent or manager, keep in mind the sort of roles they may be sending you out for. If you are a character actor, you should pick a monologue that highlights your range and abilities. Keep the character’s age, look, and attitude in mind when choosing.
  2. Don’t be afraid to push your own limits- Just because you identify as a “comedic actor” does not mean you shouldn’t explore your more dramatic side. The fun part of acting sometimes is pushing your own limits and learning what you are truly capable of doing.
  3.  Choose a monologue with range- You only get a limited amount of time to make your impression on the audience. Choose a monologue that lets you show a bit a range. Perhaps something that starts off more comedic and has your audience laughing, then flips the switch on them and gets a bit deeper in the end.
  4. Don’t be basic- I kind of think this one goes without saying, but I’m saying it anyway. You want to be memorable. Be that person who no one can stop talking about. So avoid using the same basic monologues that everyone else is using. Be unique. Pick something more original, and do it really well.

Those are my basic tips to get you going.  But as a final thought, remember to honor the requests of the agent/manager you are meeting with. If they ask for a 2 minute contemporary monologue, you’d better pick something contemporary and definitely practice your tail off to keep it under 2 minutes.

Remember that the whole process is supposed to be fun. And you may have to try out a few different monologues before finding one that suits you.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to drop me a line.

Break bones 😉

The Little Paper Terrorist

16 Mar

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So, for the past several weeks, I’ve been writing my next project. I’ve never worked on one like this before, and its not easy. I think I hate it. Well, actually I love it, but the line between the two is really thin, right? I hate the way it makes me think about it all the time. I hate that friends call me, and instead of calling them back, I sit at my computer and work on this thing. I hate that even in auditions, callbacks, and shoots, its at the back of my mind- nagging at me to finish it.

When I found myself in a major writing slump,  I asked friends for advice. Fellow writers, actors, 9 to 5ers. Ultimately, it was a kid that provided the  simple advice that got me out of my slump and back into a good flow: “Write until its not fun anymore. Anyway, if its not fun, no one will want to read it anyway.” Funny where ideas and inspiration come from.

So I put it away for a couple weeks, focused on the rest of my life,  and am pleased to say I’m more happy with it now than ever before. Stay tuned 🙂

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Nikita Goes LA

8 Jan

Figuratively and literally. I’ve actually gone LA. Kinda why I’ve been all awol and such lately.

I made the cross country move, got myself a genuine LA agent, and have begun the audition process in the big sea with lots of other big fish. Loving it.

And, when I say figuratively. I’m doing as the LA-ers do. Hiking regularly, planning for at least 2 hours of traffic before I go anywhere, and getting all of my tools in order. Thus, the new reel. I’m so west coast.

Marvelous Monday

27 Aug

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Don’t judge me, but I totally love Mondays-I could barely sleep last night. Monday is like the week’s blank slate. Who knows what wonderful opportunities lie ahead for the week. I love that. Another week to get work done. Another week to continue to follow my dreams. It’s a brand new start, make the most of it. Happy Monday, everyone.

And Then I Trekked West

27 Aug

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Every now and then, I need a minute. Just to be away from my computer. To not have to write anything. To not have a jam-packed schedule of auditions, tapings, fittings, etc. Time to just regroup. Recharge. Reflect. Last month, I took a trip out west. And I got the opportunity to do a little hiking. Saw the Grand Canyon (amazing, btw. It’s like a giant oil painting-totally surreal). Take in some fresh air. Turn off the cell. Not check the email, and it was fantastic. Actual time alone with my thoughts. I made a lot of decisions. Next month I’ll begin a longer journey west. Truly embracing my passion and taking my acting career to LA more full time. There’s a lot of reasons I hadn’t made the choice until just recently, but the most important thing right now is that I’m ready. My mind hasn’t felt so clear and focused in a long time. And I learned a bit too. Not necessarily that I need to take a trek across the country every time I’m feeling wiped; but I do need to take some regular time out to just recoup. It’s more so than just balancing my schedule. I’ve actually gotten better about that. Its more about taking time to clear my thoughts. To wipe the slate and allow space for some fresh ideas. How else can I hope to grow?

Hosting and Stuff

26 Aug

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I love fashion week. Its one of my favorite seasons. Not just because the big name designers are debuting their new lines, but also because you can learn about the new local designer who is debuting their line in a tiny lounge down the street. And fashion oozes out of every attendees pours. The fashion elite come out of the woodworks and this is when I truly like to see whats new in fashion. I’ve been having a blast hosting the shows with Inside Couture. Interviewing designers, models, etc. Such a great learning process. And I get an excuse to try out new outfits that I’d otherwise have no other place to wear 🙂