Performing a pageant monologue is a wonderful way to show how versatile your acting skills are. Whether you are performing a dramatic monologue, comedic monologue, romantic monologue, or really anything you can think of, you are showing how well you can perform. If you are using a monologue as your pageant talent, or for any type of audition, here are some tips to spruce up your monologue and make sure it is in tip top shape.
1. Emotional Monologue
Emotion is always key when performing, no matter what talent you do. If you aren't getting into the character or the role, the judges will nod past you faster than you think. It's good to pick a monologue you can really relate to and connect with. Bring the emotion with full force, but still stay natural. You never want to be over the top on your monologue. Just be yourself and put the emotion you would normally put into it if you were in the same situation as your character.
Most pageants that require a talent give you a time limit. Always stay under. For instance, if you're given two minutes to show your monologue, don't go right up to two minutes. Try to pick a monologue between ninety and one hundred seconds. Because dragging it out too long, or making yourself cut it short just to stay in the time frame can hurt you. Pick a monologue you know isn't exactly two minutes so you can take your time on your breaks/pauses. Your time on the stage may vary but if you give your all in that time then you will have no problem winning talent. On the contrary, if your monologue feel like it's lasting forever, the judges may get bored and you never want to make the judges bored.
3. Stage Presence
The moment you walk out onto the stage you are being judged, no matter what portion of the pageant you are competing in. One thing to remember is to never break character once you have started, and you should already be in character before you come onto the stage. You are on the stage performing a monologue with a purpose, and always remember that. Do not slum around and walk out shyly. You walk out there in character and prepare to win. And when you're walking off, stay in character. If you just finished a scene where you were crying, still walk off with the same emotion. A director of mine told me once "To break character is to lose who you are. Your character is what you are in that moment. Whether it be for a full show, or just a couple minutes, the moment you lose the emotion you started with, the judges lose the emotion too." This is how you need to be the whole time you are on the stage, full of emotion and full of energy within your character.
Sometimes just standing at the microphone performing your monologue just doesn't cut it. What I like to see when I'm watching girls perform a monologue is movement. Don't just stand in one place, because if you were in the position of the character, would you just be standing there? If you're able to, ask for a hands free microphone, but if one can not be provided, improvise. Don't stand in one spot, just take the microphone with you, and cover the stage. I'm not saying you have to be all over the place, but it's good to not just stay in one spot. You have the whole stage, use it!
5. Own It
Your monologue is something you must take full control over. When you walk onto the stage, like I said in tip number three, you have to walk out there with a purpose. And that purpose is to have the greatest pageant talent out of all the contestants. Don't just put half the effort into your piece because you don't really understand it, or you can't find the emotion. If that's the case, change your monologue ASAP. If changing your monologue isn't an option, look up the meaning behind the monologue. Why was it written, who acted it out, and even look at how others have performed this piece on YouTube. If you see how others have performed the monologue, you may just get an idea on how you could improve. But you must make it your own. On different reality shows like American Idol, America's Got Talent, The X Factor, etc.. they always love when performers make it their own. If you take a piece and put your emotion into it, the judges will get to see a part of you they may have been waiting to see. You're a performer and making a piece your piece is what makes you stand out.
Closing Tips on Pageant Monologue
Monologues are unique and a great form of talent. Whether it is a dramatic piece, or comedic piece, or anything in between, performing a monologue gives you a chance to portray someone you've longed to be or even show your inner character you've been looking to set free. So take these tips and dive into the wonderful world of monologues. If you're already a monologue pro, still take these tips into consideration because even the slightest bit of help from me, or anyone at The Pageant Planet, can take you a long way. What another girl shows up to your pageant with the same monologue?
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