Rules & Protocol


LA’s 10th Annual 1Minute Monologue Contest & Festival:


  • DATE: 2016 Registration is closed

  • CONTEST/FEST DATE: Saturday, November 19, 2016.

  • TIME:     

    • 9:00 AM - Doors open

    • 10:00 AM (Precisely) - First monologue performance will begin

    • 5:00 PM - Last performance ends

    • 5:30 PM - Our famous Judges Q&A

    • 6:30 PM - Rooftop After Party

  • LOCATION: Contest & Festival hosted by CBSI, 2210 West Olive Avenue, Suite 320 (3rd floor) Burbank, CA 91506.

  • FESTIVAL: This is an all day, high energy festival, so come early and stay as long as you like. There will be monitors playing throughout the entire studio, food trucks out front, and excited people everywhere.



Contest Structure

Videotaping Standards & Guidelines

Top 100 Showcase

General Information

Waiting List

For Live Performers

Additional Performance Notes

For Video Performers

Judging & Scoring

After The Contest


Contest Structure:


  • Actors enter The Contest by submitting videos of their monologues

  • A nonrefundable $10 Submission Fee is collected for each monologue entered

  • 100 actors will be chosen for the Top 100 Showcase on November 19th

  • Top 100 actors may perform live or have their video shown as proxy

  • The Top 100 Showcase is judged by a panel of Industry Professionals


Videotaping Standards & Guidelines


  • Monologues must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and submitted here by 11:59:59pm, November 11th, 2016.

  • The recording of your monologue should replicate a standard audition room with a plain background, preferably with pale-colored walls. There should not be any distracting patterns, clocks, posters, or other items hung on the wall behind you.

  • The room should be quiet and have reasonable acoustics. Try to avoid echoes.

  • For lighting, as long as we can see you clearly and your face is not covered in shadow your video will be accepted.

  • If using a smartphone is your only option, please use it in landscape mode on a solid, non-moving surface, or have a friend hold it while you perform.

  • Monologues must be between 45 and 75 seconds in length. Any longer or shorter and you will be disqualified.

  • Your time starts for any of following three reasons:

    • You have been on screen for 5 seconds

    • You say something

    • You do anything obviously a part of the scene (a significant look, a groan, etc.), even if off-screen.

  • Your time will stop when you say “Scene” or “Thank you,” or 5 seconds after your dialogue ends, whichever comes first.

  • Your official time will be calculated by the time code your recorded monologue starts and ends on your submitted video.

  • Please Note: If you make it into the Top 100 Showcase and are unable to attend the Top 100 Showcase in person, this video will be the one shown to the judges.



Top 100 Showcase


General Information

  • If you qualify for the Top 100, instructions on how to register for your slot will be emailed to you.

  • Any performer who is selected and elects to participate in the Top 100 Showcase (either in person or via video submission) will be required to pay the $50 Performance Fee.

  • Participation in the Top 100 Showcase does not require you to be physically present. If you are selected and wish to participate and have paid your registration fee, then your video will be shown to the judges live the day of the contest.

  • Once all Top 100 contestants are registered you will receive a confirmation email with your assigned time slot for the showcase and detailed instructions for the day of the contest.

  • You may not change your assigned time slot. Please don't ask.

  • If you are selected as a Top 100 Finalist and you wish to participate in the Live Showcase, your travel and lodging are your responsibility.


Waiting List

  • In addition to the Top 100, there will be a waiting list of the next highest scoring actors.

  • These wait-listed actors will be notified of their status at the same time as the Top 100.

  • If any Top 100 Actors fail to pay their $50 Registration Fee within the Three (3) Day Registration Period, unpaid slots will be opened up to the waiting list on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • Wait-listed actors then have 24 Hours to pay their $50 Registration Fee and claim their slot.


For Live Performers

  • Bring ten (10) current headshots and resumes to give to the Judging Panel.

  • Show up ready to perform, or provide yourself enough time to prepare, change clothes, do makeup, etc.

  • The contest runs by the clock. The time slot you are assigned is not changeable, and if you miss your slot there are no late entries or refunds. When arriving at the contest, it is highly recommended that you show up at least 30 minutes early.

  • If you elect to perform in-person at the Top 100 Showcase and fail to show up for your time slot, your video WILL NOT be shown in your place.

  • All actors will wait in the Lobby or Lounge Area until their number is called. Any actors not responding to a call for their name and number for any reason will lose their spot in the contest.

  • Actors will be escorted to the On-Deck location by Event Staff. At the prompting of the Staff, actors will enter the room and begin their performances.

Additional Performance Notes

  • Hit Your Mark - A tape marking will be provided on the floor of the performance stage to indicate where you should sit or stand. This is where the cameras and lights have been focused, and while it is not required that you plant there, it is recommended.

  • Where To Look - You may play to anyone or any place in the room, but remember that there are several cameras, including one directly ahead of you.

  • Blocking - A chair and stool are provided on the stage. They are there for you to use if you choose. You do not need to ask permission to use them.

  • Length - Monologues must be between 45 and 75 seconds in length. Any longer or shorter and you will be disqualified. Monologues longer than 75 seconds will be halted by the timers.

  • The timers will start their clocks for any of following three reasons:

    1. The actor has been on stage for 5 seconds

    2. The actor says something

    3. The actor does anything obviously a part of their piece (a significant look, a groan, etc.), even if off-stage.

  • The timers will stop their clocks when you say “Scene” or “Thank you,” or 5 seconds after your dialogue ends, whichever comes first.

  • Starting Over - During a performance, if an actor falls out of character, blunders, messes up, or needs to start over, they may do so; however, the timers will not stop or restart their clocks.

  • Your Exit - Once your performance is over, you will be escorted out of the room by Event Staff.


For Video Performers

If you plan on performing IN-PERSON at the Top 100 Showcase Live, click HERE. Everything below applies to out town performers only .

  • Participation in the Top 100 Showcase does not require you to be physically present. If you are selected and you can not be physically present at the contest in Burbank on November 19th but you still wish to participate, you must pay your registration fee in order for your video to be shown to the judges live the day of the contest.

  • You will be asked to submit a headshot and resume.

  • Your video will be shown to the Judges during your time slot on a screen and judged alongside live performances.

  • Please make sure to follow the Videotaping Standards & Guidelines when filming your audition.

  • The contest runs by the clock. The time slot your video will be shown in is not changeable. You will be able to watch your video streamed live during the contest. The link will be made available on our home page the day of the contest.

  • Encourage your friends and family to watch the live stream and vote for your performance.


Judging & Scoring


  • Judging is performed by a panel of Agents, Managers, Producers, Directors, and Casting Directors. As a Top 100 Finalist in the 10th Annual 1Minute Monologue Contest, you have an opportunity to showcase yourself in front of an entire group of these industry professionals.

  • Performances will be scored by our panel of professionals on a point system. Each judge will complete a point sheet that also has room for additional comments they may have to assist each actor with future performances. Only the top five actors will receive these written evaluations.


  • Three separate timers will be used. Times will be compared, totalled, and divided. The average time of the 3 timers will be the actor’s final and most accurate time.

  • A safe zone between 00:55 & 1:05 seconds is granted where no points will be deducted.

  • For every second outside of this time (55-65 seconds), one point will be deducted.

  • Any monologue ending 15 seconds early or 15 seconds late will be disqualified.



After The Contest

  • Results and awards are final and will be posted on our website as well as highlighted in the Clay Banks Studio Intl. Newsletter, which is sent out to all registered attendees.

  • Collection of any and all prizes is the responsibility of the contestants. Any uncollected prizes are forfeit after January 31, 2017.

  • Due to the nature of the judging panel, it is possible that agents, managers, producers, directors, and/or casting directors may call you to arrange meetings. While this is a good thing, as a professional courtesy we ask that you please refrain from contacting them directly unless specifically invited to do so.



Your participation in LA's 1Minute Monologue Contest does not guarantee nor promise employment of any kind.  THIS IS NOT AN AUDITION, it is a Contest & Festival.



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