Just getting started on this. If you have any character ideas that you’d like a monologue written for please send it my way and I’ll draft one up for free!
Monologues For Kids
Monologues for Tweens and Teens
– V-Sauce Michael
Monologues For Adults
– “Carpe Diem” A Robin William’s Compilation (from Dead Poet’s Society)
Kids Ages 4-7 Monologue
Playing as their favorite dinosaur!
Spinosaurus: (Begin with loud roar) “I am the King of the dinosaurs! I eat ALL the dinosaurs I see, and when I’m full I dig a hole and sleep in it. My claws are sharp and long enough to scratch my tail when it itches. You might hear me coming with my howling growl (Loud growl) I AM THE SPINOSAURUS!”
V-Sauce rationalizes why the Earth is flat.
Gender Neutral, Tweens, Teens, and Young Adults
V-Sauce Michael: “Michael V-Sauce here, the intellectual. Here to discuss how the Earth is flat…Facts. I say. Have proven the flatness of the Earth. Look at this picture right here…A donut, yes. But this picture, the Earth, flat. Hmm. Yes. You see. Facts. Some are convinced the Earth is a flat donut, and that may be the case. The sun cooks the Earth, “Donut” and in turn it is flat. Worms eat the Earth so we see that it is edible. An edible donut. Yummm. You see. Sauce. Michael. V. The intellectual. Out.”
Hello. My name is Ken and I teach acting classes. I’ve always loved acting but didn’t really get involved until my early 20’s when I got the opportunity to be an extra in the feature film Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams. 50 Cent was also in the film. I was on this set for five days and really got insight into the process of filmmaking, especially observing the great director Antoine Fuqua.
Anyway, this led to more opportunities as an extra on some big sets including: Concussion, Love The Coopers, Mindhunter, and Banshee. Although I was “just an extra” these experiences are timeless and I’ll never forget them. During this span I also received my Masters in Education, and a couple years later I was hired as an acting teacher. I still act, as well as teach acting, and know that a good original monologue can be hard to find.
As my passion for writing increased I wrote a couple monologues for students, based on some of their improv, and figured I’d share those monologues, and others I’ve created, for all to use!
Robin (John Keating) inspires his students to live lives true to themselves.
I went through various Robin Williams lines in the movie Dead Poets Society, broke them up into sections and organized them into one monologue.
“…” indicates a pause.
Silence has impact! But read it how you believe you should 🙂
Robin: “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, carpe diem…Seize the day…
Words and ideas…No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world…
Now I would like you to step forward…Over here, and peruse some of these faces from the past…
They’re not that different from you, are they?…They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you. Their eyes are full of hope, just like you…
Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable?… Because, you see class, these guys are now fertilizing daffodils…
You must strive to find your own voice! Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all…Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!
Just when you think you know something, you have to look at it in another way. Even though it may seem silly or wrong, you must try! When you read, don’t just consider what the author thinks. Consider what you think!…
Now we all have a great need for acceptance, but you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular, even though the herd may go (imitating a goat) “that’s baaaaad”…Robert Frost said, “Two roads diverged in the wood and I, I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.”
…There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for…
The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse…The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse…What will your verse be?”
Acting strategies can be used as tools to improve your work environment as well as your life.
If these strategies have enlightened Jim Carrey, in which you can read about below, they might be able to do the same for you. Give them a try and use what works for you!
Acting Strategies To Try At Work
1) Act “As If”
The HuffPost has a good article on Acting “As If”. Click here to read it. The article looks at both sides of this exercise and discusses its benefits. Here is an encapsulating quote from the article:
“When we choose to live with a strong faith in things not seen, not proven, and not guaranteed – we tap into the power of the possible and we supersede the literal and predicable.”
Another good quote from article:
“The question for us to ask ourselves is, ‘What am I acting as if will happen in the most important areas of my life right now?’”
So what do you want to act “as if”?
Think about specific qualities you admire and/or think about one of your role models or a leader in your industry. What would they do in this situation?
Then try it out! Don’t give up after 3 minutes, take time to really dwell in an “as if” situation.
This leads to something similar…
2) Create, then don’t leave your “Stage”
This is another type of method acting.
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”
Every day people are waking up and playing a role; some do it intentionally and some don’t.
The following strategy can be used in any occupation:
Let’s say that you are a pharmacist. In this exercise this is also your “acting role”. Try going into your job pretending that you are an actor, acting as a pharmacist. View everyone you see as fellow actors, acting out their roles!
^This idea can be a trip but I love it.
Related to this strategy is the article about Jim Carrey when he used Method Acting in portraying Andy Kaufman. Check it out here.
Seeing others as fellow actors can help you understand that each “actor” has a role, they have tasks, they are focused on an end goal. This can help you understand peoples’ wants:
“One of the most important keys to acting is that every single person at every single moment of their life has an objective (a want) as well as an action to get what they want. In acting, if you can identify what your character wants at any given time, then you will add a vital element of truth and direction in your work. The same applies to life.”
Knowing that each “actor” has an objective can help you react less and respond more. Reactions are quick and usually without thought whereas Responses are calm and calculated. Reactions are emotional and typically ego-based. Responses are reasonable.
“When egos act defensively (e.g. when we insist that the other person is “wrong”), our judgement becomes clouded. When we focus too much on defending ourselves, we become blocked in our own self-development.”
One of the best qualities an actor can have is active listening. Active listening lets go of the ego to completely engage and focus on the present moment, open to all possibilities(trusting improv), which is where real Joy is experienced, and isn’t that what it’s about?
Joy is contagious. Try the first method to Act “As If” joyful wherever you are and observe the people in your surroundings become more joyful too!
“If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.”
Actions become habits if repeated long enough, but remember that progress is the goal, not perfection. Every day won’t shine as you’d like but you can work on shining every day.
“Joy is increased by spreading it to others.”
Robert Murray McCheyne
“Let your joy be in your journey—not in some distant goal.”
“There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.”