Writing a Monologue

A message from Coach Jack Turnbull of the Actorsite Awesome Acting Club!

Dear Readers,

Here’s an exercise for a nice day, let’s write some
one minute monologues…

A one minute monologue can be very entertaining, and that’sScreen Shot 2015-08-16 at 11.49.20 AM
the goal. To be entertaining for one minute.

It’s a challenge, and a FUN challenge.

So here is ONE primer for building a one minute monologue.

We’ll write some monologues while I type this.

You can use this information to build a NEW monologue or
use it to CUT an existing monologue that may be repetitive
which extends the length but LOWERS the entertainment value.

YOUR FIRST SENTENCE, THE INTRODUCTION.

Your first sentence should cover at least ONE or maybe
two of the basics: WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN WHY HOW….

For example: “It was the first day of school, and I was nervous.”

Or: “It was a rainy afternoon and my friend Amy called me with a
crazy plan.”

Or: “I hate raisins, I hate them plain, I hate them dipped
in chocolate, I hate them covered with yogurt and I definitely
hate them in my cereal in the morning.”

Now, to show how to introduce another character we first have
to establish that in a monologue, it’s important to take on the
character of any of the players. In other words, you MUST speak
like they speak and exaggerate it so that it shows your range.

Monologues show range as you portray the other characters.

So, for example.

1. It was the first day of school, and I was nervous. I guess I
should expect it to be scary, since I was a freshman, but my
friend Cindy said: “Just be normal. There’s lots of cute boys in
High School.” But that didn’t help any.

2. It was a rainy afternoon and my friend Amy called me with a
crazy plan. “Come on, It’s Saturday and we can sneak into the
One Direction concert. I have a friend in who can get us backstage.”
I LOVE One direction so I yelled “Hello, YES!”

3. I hate raisins, I hate them plain, I hate them dipped
in chocolate, I hate them covered with yogurt and I definitely
hate them in my cereal in the morning. So when I saw raisins in
my cereal this morning, I groaned loudly like this (GROANS) “You
know I hate raisins!”. My little sister says “You get what you get
and you don’t get upset.” So I gave her an evil look.

Now add some action. Be sure to include some conflict…nobody
wants to watch a monologue unless something is accomplished.

1. It was the first day of school, and I was nervous. I guess I
should expect it to be scary, since I was a freshman, but my
friend Cindy said: “Just be normal. There’s lots of cute boys in
High School.” But that didn’t help any. I tried to be strong as I
climbed the steps to school. Then, right as I got to the top,
I looked up and this guy opens the door and says, “Hi there, you
must be a freshman”. It was like a dream. He was tall and handsome
and he looked me right in the eyes…and I melted right there. Not
only did I melt, but I tripped and fell right into him and spilled
my backpack with all my stuff. I had forgotten to zip it. Dummy me.

2. It was a rainy afternoon and my friend Amy called me with a
crazy plan. “Come on, It’s Saturday and we can sneak into the
One Direction concert. I have a friend in who can get us backstage.”
I LOVE One direction so I yelled “Hello, YES!”. So I grabbed my
clothes and stuff and climbed out the window. When I hit the ground,
I hurt my foot, so here I was limping all the way down the street.
“OW, OW, OW, OW”. So when I got to Amy’s house we got dressed and
headed out. Her brother Tommy gave us a ride to the concert.
It was PACKED. There were SO MANY CRAZY GIRLS there. Amy said
“Follow me” and headed into the crowd, while I limped along
behind.

3. I hate raisins, I hate them plain, I hate them dipped
in chocolate, I hate them covered with yogurt and I definitely
hate them in my cereal in the morning. So when I saw raisins in
my cereal this morning, I groaned loudly like this (GROANS) “You
know I hate raisins!”. My little sister says “You get what you get
and you don’t get upset.” So I gave her an evil look. So my
MOM says, “If you don’t like it, fix your own breakfast”. So I
got out the peanut butter and made me a deluxe peanut butter,
dill pickle and mustard sandwich. “BYE BYE” I yelled and headed
out the door.

Finally, wrap it up with a twist and a moral to the story…some
kind of lesson learned or emotional discovery. Then go in and
cut out as much as you can…remember, it’s ACTING, so you need to
SHOW what happens rather than just SAY it.

And PUMP IT UP a little. Increase the odds and make it more fun.

And here is the finished product.

1. It was the first day of school, and I was nervous. I was a freshman. My
friend Cindy said: “Just be normal. There’s lots of cute boys in
High School.” So I tried to be strong as I climbed the steps.
As I got to the top, this guy swings the door open and says, “Hi there, you
must be a freshman”. He was tall and handsome, wearing a letter jacket,
and I melted right there. Not only did I melt, but I tripped and fell
right into him and spilled my backpack. I had forgotten to zip it. Dummy me.
He helped me pick up my stuff and he zipped my backpack, I was SO
EMBARRASSED as I rushed in to find my
home room. He yelled after me… “Hey Zippy, I don’t know your name” and my
boyfriend, Joey Chambers, has called me that ever since. I like it. “Zippy”

2. It was raining and my friend Amy called me with a
crazy plan. “Come on, It’s Saturday and we can sneak into the
One Direction concert. I have a friend who can sneak us backstage.”
I LOVE One direction so I yelled “Hello, YES!”. So I grabbed my
clothes and stuff and jumped out the window. After we got
dressed, Her brother dropped us in the parking lot. It was INSANE with
CRAZED fans. Amy said “Follow me” and jumped into the crowd. her
friend took us in a side door. It was dark and as I was
trying to follow them I tripped over
something and hit my head. As I woke up I heard this
voice saying “Are you OK? Hello, Hello?”
In a funny accent. It was HARRY helping me. You know,
HARRY from ONE Direction! YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME?
WELL, SOME KIND OF FRIEND YOU ARE!

3. I hate raisins, I hate them plain, I hate them dipped
in chocolate, I hate them covered with yogurt and I definitely
hate them in my cereal in the morning. So when I saw raisins in
my cereal this morning…I yelled (GROANS) “You
know I hate raisins!”. My little sister says “You get what you get
and you don’t get upset.” So I gave her an evil stare. So my
MOM says, “If you don’t like it, fix your own breakfast”. So I
made me a deluxe peanut butter,
dill pickle and mustard sandwich. “BYE BYE” I yelled and headed
out the door. As I got on the school bus, I tripped and spilled
the sandwich all over Tommy, you know, TOMMY…so that’s how I got
this black eye. It still hurts.

So these three monologues can be pumped up, changed, reworded
and tweaked. This shows you the process to develop a monologue.

I did this message in about an hour today…so that’s how quick
it is…

Remember, it for ENTERTAINMENT…DON’T BE BORING and make the
viewer SUSPEND THEIR DISBELIEF….

Monologues are a blast!

COACH JACK TURNBULL

GUMMY MONOLOGUE COACHING!

 :

 

We’ll be video taping the MONOLOGUE OF THE WEEK this THURSDAY.

It will be a TON of fun…work on this monologue this week:

CRAZY GUMMY PERSON!

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE

OR, if you wish to tape last week’s monologue about the DOG, click here:

FOUND A CUTE DOG

Or, the week before, we worked on the TICTAC MONOLOGUE…You can tape that one.

TICTAC MONOLOGUE

Be ready to shoot and show how your can ROCK YOUR VIDEO! You can put it up on your online presence if you like to put you on top of the list!

SUPER!

COACH JACK TURNBULL

Voiceover SAMPLES!

We had fun recording the TIC TAC MONOLOGUE  in our FAST TRACK PRO class and here are some of the best performances. Remember, we include this service as part of our FAST TRACK PRO membership, because our ONLY goal is your success. You can use these to upload to your online resume or to send to casting for a voice sample. NICE! Coached by Coach Jack Turnbull

Here you go:

TAEHO:

MATTHEW:

JESSICA:

 

AND HERE ARE SOME DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE “PUPPY” VOICEOVER THAT WE DID IN CLASS. THIS TIME WE CHANGED THE MICROPHONE SO THE RESULT IS A LITTLE WEAKER, BUT THESE KIDS ROCK THE ROOM! ONE TAKE!

NOELLE

OLIVIA:

JESSICA:

MATTHEW:

DAKOTA:

CHRISTABELLE

HERE IS A TAKE ON THE APPLE JUICE HEIST
VENISE

PAYTON

NOELLE

LOLA

KEEGAN

JESSICA

CALE

BRYSON

And here’s AMBER with her version of the the PIZZA MONOLOGUE