Tag Archives: acting

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 🙂

 

 

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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 🙂

My Subconscious Can Beat up your Subconscious

28 Sep

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Had a dream last night I was mountain climbing. I was with people I didn’t know-but higher and higher we climbed. The higher we got, the more scarce the footholds became. They were getting smaller too. I remember in the dream, I was getting nervous because I was becoming aware of the likelihood that I was going to fall. One more step across an opening and we were going to be at our destination. Everybody else made it, and then it was my turn.

I saw the fall before it even happened. I began to plummet further and further. For some reason, the dream slowed down and I was falling in slow motion and very aware of my thoughts. I was thinking to myself “I can’t believe they did this to me. They set me up”. I knew someone wanted me to fall. And I wasn’t referencing the group of people-I was talking about one specific person. I was completely calm; I wasn’t afraid; I wasn’t bitter; I was just aware.

I closed my eyes and allowed my senses to take over: The cool air rushing past.. The faint screams of the people I was with calling after me… Usually in a dream, this is when people wake up- that moment when you know you’re about to hit the ground. But I didn’t wake up. I wasn’t worried. I just awaited that hit. And then it came- I splashed into a pool of water and swam to the surface.

My interpretation- My subconscious reminding me to have faith and to stop holding myself back from success. Yup- dream Nikita is mega deep.

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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.