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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Twitter Questions: Monologues & Auditions

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From time to time, my followers on Twitter will ask me questions, and I respond to them using the traditional 140 character responses. I thought I would take some of those and compile them here for your viewing enjoyment! (To get in on the action, join me over on Twitter by clicking here.)

@willis_trips asks: Need a good 1 minute #monologue recommendation that fits my type. MUST BE from #film or #tv. Any suggestions?

(1) You want to choose something unrecognizable, so that folks don't try to compare you to the original actor
(2) I'd do some research on up-and-coming actors who are your type, find out what movies they've done, and find those scripts
(3) Try to find indies or straight to video projects that no one has seen. For TV, research shows that hire actors of your type.

@blankethouse asks: So I have an audition tomorrow. They asked me to do a 2-3 min monologue, so I wrote one. What tips do u have for me? :)

Bring as much of yourself to the room as possible, do your best to start your piece already emotionally full, and let your joy of performing shine through!

Anonymous asks: I am going on for one of the these “Twitter Generals” with an agent in LA. What questions should I ask?

(1) Good questions would be about your marketing package- does your headshot/resume match the person that walks in the room.
(2) If you do an audition piece, does the piece you selected match the person who walked in the room as well as the marketing materials
(3) Also, you can ask his opinion about your marketing plan to see if he has suggestions for attracting better work, and...
(4) Ask questions about how he helps actors at your level of career.

Anonymous asks (via Hi There, I have a blinking problem! Whenever I recently took an acting course and saw my dvd after and couldn't believe how much I blinked, according to my friends, I don't do it often in real life except when I'm nervous, or tired. Have you ever heard of this?

Yes- I have heard of this problem, and it usually comes from a lack of focus... in real life and on stage. When, as an actor, you are focused on the action of the scene, nervous ticks like blinking and trembling usually disappear. This is normally handled by staying in an ongoing acting class where you can practice these skills, but also by getting up in front of people as much as possible to become more comfortable.

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Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out

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