November 20, 2020

One-Minute Monologues For Teens Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

One-Minute Monologues For Teens: 100 Original Monologues
Author: Mike Kimmel
Publisher: Ben Rose Creative Arts
Ages 13+
ISBN-13: 978-0998151380

Publisher’s Synopsis:

Need a killer monologue for an audition? Discover a wealth of fresh options in this detailed tome.

Sick of the same scripts being done to death? Looking for a soliloquy relevant to teenagers? Seeking material with a positive spin? Full voting member of the National Television Academy and Tonight Show sketch performer Mike Kimmel has been writing, acting, and producing for decades. Now he’s here to share a curated collection of one hundred of the best comedy and drama monologues.

One-Minute Monologues for Teens is the ultimate volume of family-friendly stage material to help you nail that college drama program audition or class assignment. With a range of topics applicable to young actors, these pieces require no costumes or props, and discuss ethical questions perfect for middle- and high-school minds to explore. And with literally dozens of gender-neutral and unique scenes to choose from, you’ll find the right piece to take you from zero to callback in no time at all.

One-Minute Monologues for Teens is the dramatic arts advantage you need in your next live performance. If you like fresh material, optimistic spins, and challenging ideas, you’ll love Mike Kimmel’s definitive resource.

One-Minute Monologues for Teens is a fantastic reference guide and resource tool that all teens who want to pursue acting should at least read, if not own. Monologues are a huge deal when it comes to casting and getting roles so it makes sense that an aspiring actor needs to understand how to do them the right way. They need to stand out from the rest of the crowd. This book is full of 100 different monologues specifically written for teens that are fresh and wholly relevant in today's society. The author provides a wide range of topics to choose from and different tones as well - from comedy to drama and everything in between. Even if you aren't auditioning at the moment, this is a great resource to get yourself comfortable with monologues on different subjects. You can feel out the ones that fit your personality the best - what resonates with you. Or challenge yourself with some that are out of your comfort zone. Then practice both until you're comfortable with all types of situations - which is the author's advice. Even though I'm not a teen actor that would be reading these monologues for that purpose, I enjoyed going through them all. They were well written, topical, and felt genuine. I definitely think that every school should have a copy of this for students who want to pursue acting seriously and for teens who are already acting (or even just beginning) who want to better their craft and expand their horizons.

Mike Kimmel is a film, television, stage, and commercial actor and acting coach. He is a twenty-plus year member of SAG-AFTRA with extensive experience in both the New York and Los Angeles markets. He has worked with directors Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Townsend, Craig Shapiro, and Christopher Cain among many others. TV credits include Game of Silence, Zoo, Treme, In Plain Sight, Cold Case, Breakout Kings, Memphis Beat, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was a regular sketch comedy player on The Tonight Show, performing live on stage and in pre-taped segments with Jay Leno for eleven years. Mike has appeared in dozens of theatrical plays on both coasts, including Radio City Music Hall, Equity Library Theater, Stella Adler Theater, and Theater at the Improv. He trained with Michael Shurtleff, William Hickey, Ralph Marrero, Gloria Maddox, Harold Sylvester, Wendy Davis, Amy Hunter, Bob Collier, and Stuart Robinson. He has a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. from California State University.

As an educator, Kimmel has taught at Upper Iowa University, the University of New Orleans, University of Phoenix, and in the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Burbank, California public school districts. He is a two-time past president of New Orleans Toastmasters, the public speaking organization, and often serves as a speech contest judge. Mike has written and collaborated on numerous scripts for stage and screen. His full-length historical drama on Presidents Lincoln and Garfield was a 2013 semi-finalist in the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He is the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from Upper Iowa University. Mike is a full voting member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (the Emmys).



Enter for a chance to win a copy of One-Minute Monologues For Teens, autographed by Mike Kimmel, and three months of online acting classes!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:
  • A copy of One-Minute Monologues for Teens, autographed by Mike Kimmel
  • A copy of Monologues for Kids and Tweens, autographed by Mike Kimmel
  • Three (3) months of online group acting classes* from Mike Kimmel for a recipient age 12 and up
  • Be written into an upcoming monologue in a book by Mike Kimmel
Five (5) winners receive:
  • A copy of One-Minute Monologues for Teens, autographed by Mike Kimmel
The giveaway begins November 4, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends December 4, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.



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*Disclosure: I partnered with The Children's Book Review and Mike Kimmel to host this blog post.*

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