Marco Solo

Marco Solo

Monologues. Very easy things are monologues. It's a lot easier to learn lines when it's all on you. I believe I learnt mine on the same day I chose it, the monologue itself being Mike Ehrmentraut's 'Half Measures' scene from the episode with the same name - Breaking Bad S3 E12 'Half Measures'

Problem is, learning the lines is easy enough but actually being able to perform it to a good standard is something I can't quite do yet. Having watched the recording a few times, I do admit, it did start to grow on me but I still see one very big point of improvement. That being my vocalisation. Unfortunately, my voice isn't quite as deep or gravelly as Johnathon Banks' (Mike's actor) so I was already at a disadvantage and a huge problem is that when you hear your own voice as you speak it sounds very different on a recording. Saying that, even whilst performing it I could still tell there were moments were my voice was particularly weak and, especially, lacking in emotion and tone. 

I do think my facial expressions were certainly on point, I think that has to be my strongest asset. Funny, I always thought I had a particular stoic and boring face but it seems to be rather good at doing what I tell it to do. Most of the time that's looking very angry and upset, the joys of my natural face. This is why I think screen acting is something I'm much stronger at than stage acting, even though I do enjoy both I often find myself feeling very overwhelmed on stage as there's so much movement and activity I have to remember to do whereas on screen I can have much more subtle movements. Considering myself a far more low-key actor, I think screen acting is a 'strong point' of mine.

Though, let's be honest, it would be incredibly big headed of me to say I have any 'strong points' at such an early point in the course. I've got a lot to prove at this point. 

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  • This is really honest and thoughtful reflection. It's good to read you identify clear areas for development. I'm enjoying your developing writing style too. Keep at it! 

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