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I watched my friend, James Giles-Watson compete in the Manhattan Monologue Slam. At first he competed in the 30 seconds division, then he eventually made it to the finals where he performed a self-written piece for 2 minutes. Unfortunately, he did not win in the finals. Instead, a dude who performed the same monologue as in the previous round won. The winner was determined by a ridiculous notion of how loud the cheer was from the crowd. The entire organization seemed shady to me, especially when a certain terrible rendition of Coyote Ugly performed by an ex-Miss America candidate was selected to compete in the next show. But for James it was different. He stays positive and reminds himself that rejection is only a part of an actor’s daily challenge.


Photographer: Choi, David // www.choidavid.com // Instagram: @choidavid420

Shot @ Manhattan Monologue Slam


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