Non-Fiction - Drama

Monologues for Young Adults: 60 Original Monologues to Stand Out, Inspire, and Shine

Category:Non-Fiction - Drama

Author:Mike Kimmel

  • Publisher: Ben Rose Creative Arts
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2023
  • Number of Pages: 142
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1953057101
  • ISBN-13: 9781953057105

Monologues for Young Adults: 60 Original Monologues to Stand Out, Inspire, and Shine by Mike Kimmel features stunning monologues for actors already experienced in the craft and burgeoning talent. In explaining the reason for writing this powerful book, the author states that it is important for actors to show up for their auditions carrying a sense of enthusiasm, hope, and optimism with them. This book is for actors who want to present themselves as those who understand human nature, and the author provides wonderful observations and advice; helping readers understand what stands in the way of many actors — fear of failure or fear of success, getting into character, and more. Here is a book that examines stage psychology, providing actors the tools they need to connect intimately with the best in them while adapting to the demands of the profession.

Kimmel writes like a professional coach, demonstrating an uncanny mastery of the emotions, states of mind, and the internal dialogues that take place in the inner worlds of would-be actors as well as seasoned professionals in the industry. The monologues in this book address specific fears, mental dispositions, moods, and limiting behaviors that can disrupt an actor's auditioning journey. The writing is crisp and littered with practical examples. There are observant passages that will resonate powerfully with readers. For instance, here is a trait the author highlights that can affect an actor's journey negatively: “Besides talking too fast, many actors, unfortunately, talk too much. They talk too much. They talk too fast. They talk too loud. They talk at the wrong time.” From beating traumas from one's past, putting distractions into perspective, moving forward in spite of the jitters, to building self-confidence and embracing success on the stage, these monologues are precious gems with a piece that will fit any actor. Mike Kimmel has the extraordinary ability to communicate with clarity and keep readers fully engaged while offering valuable advice.

Reviewed By: Romuald Dzemo

Reviewed Date: September 26, 2023

Category: Non-Fiction - Drama