The nsavides Podcast is pleased to partner with Laura Cayouette, a New Orleans actress whose credits include Django Unchained, Treme, and Friends. Together we bring you the #KnowMonologues Challenge. Welcome!
Here’s an audio overview and words of encouragement about participating:
Actors, this is your opportunity to share a monologue with us. Our judges will evaluate. Top five monologues get written feedback from Laura and some tender loving care from us.
Winning monologue gets sent to John Schneider from Dukes of Hazzard! These days, John is still acting, but he’s also directing, producing, and working with filmmakers who shoot at his studio. So, make enough of an impression and he might just find a great part for you!
Winner also gets a photo session with a local photographer, a consultation session with Laura and a signed copy of her book, Know Small Parts: An Actor’s Guide to Turning Minutes into Moments and Moments into a Career.
This isn’t just about a shot at a big prize though. It’s a chance to showcase your skills and to inspire the filmmakers, producers, and writers around town and across the nation who might stop by. On that note, our judges are also pretty awesome and worth impressing. Take a look.
If you want to participate, pick a monologue tailored to your strengths, practice it until it’s polished, put it on video and upload to YouTube. (We recommend that you save it as an UNLISTED video. Instructions on how to do that are here.)
Then, share the link with us on the submissions page.
Be sure to mention
- your name
- the city where you live
- if you want public feedback on your monologue
- the name of the person who referred you to the challenge (optional, but a nice thing to do)
We would also encourage you to mention the show from which the monologue was taken.
You can pick any monologue you want. Well almost any. You’ll want to keep your monologue to 3:00 min or less. We would prefer that you select monologues with broad appeal that are suitable for viewing at work. If you’re uncertain about what means, we encourage you to view our submission guidelines.
Tips for Success
Put your focus on giving the best performance you can. Everything else is just icing on the cake. That said, here are some other details to keep in mind.
- We’re not looking for anything fancy as far as video quality goes. Even a monologue recorded with an iPhone can do the job if you follow these shooting tips.
- One of the top 5 slots is reserved for our most social actor. That’s determined by two factors: the number of people who leave comments on an actor’s monologue (75% of the score) and the number of times an actor uses our #KnowMonologues hashtag (25% of the score). More details are here.
- You can learn more about Laura’s outlook and acting insights by listening to her episode on The nsavides Podcast. It’s also a chance to get to know me (Nick Savides). I’m the host of the show. I won’t be judging the monologues as far as the top prizes go, but I might leave comments, and I’m open to working with any actor who piques my interest.
- While you’re at it, you might want to read up on our judges.
- This video of Laura’s audition tips to actors might help.
- Doesn’t hurt to watch monologues or auditions from the pros.
- If you still have questions, leave a comment below or send an email.
Got it? OK. Good. Have fun out there, and break a leg.
Update: The challenge is no longer accepting submissions, and our judges have selected our Top 5 Monologues.
See the Top 5 Winning Monologues
See All the Submissions