Updated: Apr 26
There are times where a one minute monologue might be required of you. Most likely in meetings with agents or classes where you audition for casting. The one-minute-monologue has become commonplace now, so actors have to be their very best to impress casting directors and walk away in a brief period of time.
Picking the Perfect One-Minute-Monologue
When it comes down to it, you've got to pick the best one-minute-monologue for you, but there are a few factors to consider while you're searching for the perfect one. You can start by finding a monologue that makes sense, that tells a story, and that gives you the chance to explore your range and show emotion quickly and efficiently.
Also, put a lot of effort into choosing a one-minute-monologue that flatters your age range. Monologues for teens and monologues for women are very different from those written for an adult male, so choose carefully. Even if you can nail the Freddie Prinze Jr. monologue from She's All That, if you're 35, you might want to take a different route.
Finally, go with a monologue that fits the role in which you're auditioning. It doesn't make sense to take your place in front of a table of casting directors and recite a romantic monologue when you're there to audition for a horror film or comedic play. Show them you can shine in the role they're offering, or else they won't know where to put you, even if your audition was top-notch.
Ten One-Minute-Monologues for Men
If you're having trouble tracking down a one-minute-monologue, look no further. We've got a collection of ten, one-minute monologues that will impress any casting director. The execution, of course, is up to you.
The Breakfast Club "Sincerely Yours"
In this dramatic monologue, Brian Johnson writes a letter to Mr. Vernon at the film's closing. Brian Johnson is funny, smart, and a little nerdy. This monologue's perfect age range is late-teens to early twenties, as the character has spent his entire Saturday in high-school detention.
Monologue: "Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it is we did wrong, but we think you're crazy for making us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions, but what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basketcase, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.
American Graffiti "Horses" Monologue
Terry Fields lies about his hunting horses to impress Debbie in this comedic one-minute-monologue. Great for actors auditioning for a comedic role with an age range from late teens to early twenties. Actors with natural comedic talent will excel at this monologue.
Monologue: Oh yeah? I used to have a couple of horses myself. I used them for hunting. I do a lot of hunting. Deer mostly, although I got a couple of bear last year. Yep, they were good ponies — hunting ponies. I had to train 'em special, you know. I had to sell 'em. To get these wheels, and a jeep. I also have a jeep pick-up with four-wheel drive. It's got a gun rack. And I use that for hunting mostly.
The Notebook "Allie Comes Back"
A fantastic monologue for an actor in his 20's-30's, this Noah Calhoun classic will go perfectly for a drama or romance audition. Fill it with emotion because it's short but powerful.
Monologue: Am I okay? Seven years ago you walked out of my life without so much as a goodbye, and I never heard from you again. You want to know how I'm doing? I fought in the war. Fin's dead. That's how I'm doing. My dad sold his house and we sunk every penny both of us ever had into buying this place and fixing it up, and we did. We built this place with our bare hands. Me, hoping in some crazy way that it would bring you back, but it didn't.
And, now Dad's dead, too. That's how I'm doing. And still, even now, after all this time, when I hear a car pull up the driveway, or somebody says my name, or a letter comes, or the phone rings, I get excited, because I think maybe, just maybe, it might be you. But it never is. And now here you are. This ghost, standing in front of me, asking me if I'm okay. Yeah, Allie. I'm just fine. Thanks for stopping by.
Everybody remembers spacey Travis from Clueless, and, rarely, his acceptance for being late to class more than anyone else is appreciated for what it is; comedic gold. The age range on this monologue is late teens, and it's perfection for a comedy audition.
Monologue: Thank you, thank-you. This is so unexpected. I didn't even have a speech prepared… But I would like to say this… tardiness is not something you can do all on your own. Many, many people had to contribute. I'd like to thank my parents for never driving me to school and the L.A. bus drivers for taking a chance on an unknown kid and last, but not least, the wonderful crew at McDonald's for the long hours they spend making Egg McMuffins, without which I might never be tardy. Thank you.
Election "You Might Need a Friend"
Dave is a creepy teacher at Tracy's high school and tries too hard to help her navigate the tricky waters. This monologue is excellent when it sticks to its disturbing roots and works well for males in their 30's and 40's.
Monologue: You know, Tracy, I don't know how to say this, but, well, I notice you don't seem to have any close friends at Millard. You seem to be kind of a loner. I know. I know it's not by choice. I just mean, well, being the kind of person you are, it must be really difficult to find someone you can talk to.
Tracy, I've been watching you for going on two years now, and I think you are one of the most talented, hard-working, sensitive, attractive, brilliant students — no, human beings — I have ever met. I mean, you're the real thing. Special. And I know sometimes people like you have to pay a price for their greatness, and that price is loneliness. I don't know. Maybe I'm wrong. But it seems like you might need a friend.
500 Days of Summer "It's Not That Simple"
Tom Hansen, the main love interest in the film, gives his friends a short monologue about not defining his relationship with Summer. Males in their 20's with a romance audition should give this one a shot.
Monologue: I don't know. It's not that simple. Like, are we "going steady?" Come on, guys. We're adults. We know how we feel. We don't need to label it. "Boyfriend, girlfriend." That stuff is very… juvenile.
Ok. Number one. Your last girlfriend was Amy Sussman in the 7th grade and you "dated" for an hour. And you, you've been with Robyn and no one else since you were ten. I hardly think you two are the authorities on modern relationships.
"Why rock the boat?" is what I'm thinking. Things are going well. If we start putting labels on it, that's like the kiss of death. Like saying to a girl "I love you."
Silver Linings Playbook "It's Not Like Me and Nikki"
Silver Linings Playbook features Jennifer Lawrence and is full of one-minute-monologues for women, but for a male drama audition, this speech by Pat Solitano takes the cake. There is so much you can do with it, emotion-wise.
Monologue: It's not at all like me and Nikki. What are you talking about? We're in love and we're married. It's completely different. We have a very unconventional chemistry, it makes people feel awkward, but not me. She's the most beautiful woman I've ever been with. It's electric between us, okay? Yeah, we wanna change each other, but that's normal, couples wanna do that, I want her to stop dressing like she dresses, I want her to stop acting so superior to me, okay? And she wanted me to lose weight and stop my mood swings, both of which I've done. I mean, people fight. Couples fight. We would fight, we wouldn't talk for a couple weeks. That's normal. She always wanted the best for me. She wanted me to be passionate and compassionate. And that's a good thing. You know? I just, look, I'm my best self today, and I think she's her best self today, and our love's gonna be f— amazing.
American Pie "Jim's Dad"
This coming of age movie features Jim's Dad, played by Eugene Levy. He's hysterical, and he shines during this monologue. For males in their 40's and 50's, this one is a stellar comedy pick.
Monologue: Son, I wanted to talk to you about what I think you were trying to do the other day. Now, you may have tried it in the shower, or maybe in bed at night, and not even known what you were doing. Or perhaps you've heard your friends talking about it in the locker room. Sure you know, son, but I think you've been having a little problem with it. It's okay, though. What you're doing is perfectly normal. It's like practice. Like when you play tennis against a wall. Someday, there'll be a partner returning the ball. (a beat) You do want a partner, don't you son?
Easy A "I'm Hearing Things, Olive"
Olive's teacher speaks to her about the recent rumors circulating her, and he's kind, concerned, and genuine. It makes a great comedic or dramatic monologue for men in their 30's, 40'a or 50's.
Monologue: I'm hearing things, Olive. You know what I'm talking about. Since everyone puts everything up on Facebook for the world to see. What's with this need your generation has to document every single thought that ever enters your head? They're not all gems, you know. "Roman is having an okay day and hopes the ice cream store still has rocky road." Who gives a rat's a—?
I guess it wouldn't matter so much if I didn't like you. You're a great girl and I happen to think that all of… this is just an act. I'm just curious why you're doing it. I just don't want to see this… damage you. You're one of the few who've actually read the book. If I get one more paper talking about how Hester always took baths and spoke with a terrible British accent… (smiles) I'm really sorry I had to send you to the principal. If you tell anybody, I'll deny it, but I really wanted to cheer with the rest of the class.
A Midsummer Night's Dream "Puck's Monologue"
Puck's beautiful monologue is excellent for expressing whimsy and drama, a real gem of a one-minute Shakespeare monologue. This will work for men of most ages, depending on the mood of the audition.
Monologue: If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.
The Beauty of One-Minute Monologues
While picking a one-minute monologue can be time-consuming, it's worth it to choose the perfect one for you and the role in which you're auditioning. You won't have much time to show them what you've got, so choose one with range and emotion. Good luck!