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Pick within your range of what you are comfortable playing. Start with something that doesnt have too many levels. Always fall back on your default.. Pick something that is easy to break down and pick actions. Check out my site and my class
WHO are you talking to?
WHAT is the setting?
WHY are you there?
Those three questions (or similar) help define what my character is. So rather than 'being' the character, start with your environment and the text, and build your monologe around that.
I also play around. If it's a serious monologue I practice it as a comedy and vice versa (even a musical). This opens up your brain to new possiblities. You may NEVER use them, but it prevents ruts. By singing it you may find a new way to say it. So have fun with it. Run it through your head while you do dishes or watch TV or drive, or eat... eating is good one.
Practice in front of someone. Find someone that can coach you if you can. Sometimes when we are inside ourselves another person can bring perspective and insight we don't see.
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Erich Toll, writer/directorChampion Communications, a Denver video production company