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TIPS FOR NEW ACTORS ABOUT STAGE FRIGHT
The short monologues below are a good way to help you work through your stage fright if this is something you struggle with. By practicing short monologues, it can boost your confidence. There are some great SHORT COMEDY MONOLOGUES and SHORT DRAMA MONOLOGUES.
Don't feel bad about being nervous. Some very famous people had stage fright: Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep and Sir Laurence Olivier.
Stage fright is a challenge a lot of people have. I've acted many times but I still get nervous right before I go on. But once I start performing I totally forget about the people and focus on my character. Focus only on your character and your story. Become that character. If you become the character, then it is this other person up there and not yourself. If you need to face the audience, don't look at anyone. Pick a point to look at in the back of the room and focus on that. Many performers (including myself) use the nervous energy and put it in their performance.
Singer Stevie Nicks explains how this helps her performance rather than hurts it. "If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear?" ~ Stevie Nicks
"How to be a Pirate" or "An Orchestra of Stink" - Funny monologue for female - SHORT COMEDY MONOLOGUES solo stage script from the play "The Princess and the Pirate"
"Fallen" - SHORT DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES Monologue for male from a published play (1 minute)
"Growing Up is Hard to Do" - Short Comedic Monologue from the play "Between Good and Evil" - Male (1 minute)
"Dreaming of Dragons" - Monologue for Kids - Male or Female (45 seconds to 1 minute)
"If I Let Myself Fall" - Romantic monologue - Female (1 minute)
"I Hate Buffets" - Comedy monologue - Female (1+ minutes)
"First Words" Monologue from a play - Female (45 seconds to 1 minute)
"Cowbell" - Comedy Monologue- Male or Female (1 minute)
"My Mask" Monologue from a published play - Female (30 seconds)
"My Dream" aka "What is Your Dream?" Short romantic monologue from a play "To Be A Star" - Female (45 seconds - 1 minute)
"Mama" by Shiela Larson - Monologue for Female (30 seconds)
"Kill First, Gloat Later" - Comedic Monologue - Male or Female (new)
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