This -- Aspiring actors of all ages still don't get it when it comes to choosing a monologue for auditions or classes. An aspiring actor has to have a vast background in plays that he or she has read, attended or performed. It is from these sources they are most likely to find a good monologue for their needs. That is numero uno. Dos, they need to pick a monologue that is from a role that they could logically be cast in. Ultimo, it is the performance of the monologue that makes it a good one. There is no such thing as being overdone if done superbly.
And well done monologues are filled with the dramatic qualities that the innocent keep requesting that their monologues have. They need to read other posts about monologue on this blog from a year or more ago.
That -- Inexperienced and uninformed aspirants keep wanting to know how to get an audition, how to get discovered, or how to get a big break. Sad. Truly. Those who get auditions are experienced, informed and in the case of youngsters, guided by their parents. An agent is almost always needed. These people are always looking for LUCK that will make them an instant star like someone of whom they have heard. But,of course, they are not that someone. They need to read the previous post, "You have to have it!"
The other -- Heard on TV a couple of days ago about the futility of majoring in the arts or going to professional school unless you were truly in the top five percent. It is not cost efficient to go to college or professional school unless you are way ahead of most everyone else to start with. Forty grand a year is outrageous for an education, especially for a field in which it is so hard to get a job. I remember a young fellow from a couple of years ago. His parents borrowed to the hilt to send him to two years of Acting School. He completed the course. He has done no acting since. Seems to have lost interest in it. Now there is putting your parents into poverty for a good purpose! Fist of all acting school is no needed by the truly talented and second of all college is not needed by the high school honors grad who wants to be an actor. What these kids need is lots of experience and some career management by their parents. Worked well for the talented and handsome Brad Pitt whose mother yanked him out of college to take a professional job. Aspirants have to be realistic. As I said at the end of the first paragraph, you have to have it or you ain't gonna do nothin' in this business. I love all of you, but it is the truth.