IF YOU PLAN ON WRITING YOUR OWN MONOLOGUE
There are several stages to building/developing a powerful and effective monologue performance. There’s the WRITING and the PERFORMANCE. The structure of the monologue (the writing) needs to be looked at completely separate from the actual monologue performance (the acting). If a monologue performance isn’t approached properly, it’s very similar to grabbing a bunch of sticks, throwing them together in a pile and expecting to have a well built house. That’s simply not gonna happen.
If you plan on having Coach Banks coach you with a self written monologue, the monologue requirements below must be met before being coached. Reason being, not everything that’s written as a real life experience or an interesting extended paragraph qualifies as an actual monologue. And… the closer the piece is to a personal real life experience, the better the chances it’s not going to adhere to story structural or monologue integrity.
Considered the writing as the tracks the train (you) will be riding on. If the tracks aren’t solid and structurally sound, you’ll be in for a bumpy ride… and more than likely, derailment.
If, during the coaching of your monologue, it’s realized that the piece doesn’t meet the necessary requirements, you (the actor) will be politely asked to take a seat and the coaching of that piece will cease. If you feel you’d benefit from some writing coaching to help you structure your idea, you can set up a one-on-one coaching session with Coach Banks HERE.
Necessary Structural Dynamics:
- Your monologue must not come in any longer than 150 seconds.
- 1 Minute Monologues, no longer than 80 seconds.
- There must be a clear Beginning, Middle and End.
- It must have a sound story structure.
- There needs to be a strong Who, What and Where .
- Who you’re talking to (relationship) – What’s it about (plot) – Where it’s taking place (location)
- The piece must present a strong story/character arc.
- It’s got to go somewhere (travel) with noticeable moments in place.
Coach Banks can not be expected to conduct a writing session or have to rewrite the piece for you during these performance sessions. If you’re in need of a custom written monologue, or you require a writing session, once again, you can easily set that up HERE. In your MONOLOGUE PRIVATE COACHING SESSION, Coach Banks will be more than happy to help you develop and customize your piece to your character. Appropriate session fees will apply.
Remember — BUILD from the ground up.
- Level the ground – THE PIECE MUST FIT YOUR CHARACTER – RESEARCH & EXPLORE
- Build the tracks – THE PIECE MUST BE WRITTEN WELL
- Test the tracks you’ve built – GOOD WRITING ISN’T WRITTEN… IT’S REWRITTEN
- Build the train – THE ACTOR IS ACTIVATED AND READY FOR THE PERFORMANCE
- Condition and prep the train – THE PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN WORKED OUT
- Run the train on the tracks several times – DISCOVER SEVERAL WAYS TO ATTACK IT
- Put some turns in the tracks and decorations on the train – TWEAKING THE PERFORMANCE
An effective monologues will serve the working actor in immeasurable ways throughout their career. Do the work correctly the first time and you can expect sensational results for many years to come!
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