Film & TV
Lesson time 10:50 min
Sam encourages you to nurture a sense of curiosity and explore stories set in worlds that you are unfamiliar with, so that you have a more expansive view of the characters you take on throughout your acting career.
Topics include: Actively Observe the World Around You • Read Novels • Learn From Doing Theater • Analyze the Work of Other Actors • Watch Yourself On-Screen
There are things you can do other than traditionally going to acting school or whatever to make yourself a better actor that are just everyday, common things like, you know, being observant. Let's go sit in the park and watch people. You know, or engage or sit in a restaurant and watch people. Watch people eat. See how people eat. Different people eat different ways. You know, figure that out. Go to museums. Watch people in museums and interact. Or look at paintings of places and situations and, you know, imagine yourself inside that. Wow, yeah, galleries, dance concerts, I mean, go to things that are foreign to you. See what the dynamic is. Go to places where there are people that aren't like you specifically so that you can see who those people are. Look at how they dress. Look at how they carry themselves. Look and how they interact with each other. It's a life of observance so that you can pull something from somewhere. I mean, there are moments when I walk down the street. Or I remember when we were getting ready to do "Negotiator." My hairdresser's sister came to see him. And I looked, and I saw her hair. And I went, that's the hair I want for this movie. And that's the hair I ended up having. I ended up with that red hair because she had it. It's just little things like that that will pop into your head that you think will make your character interesting or change the dynamic of what you're trying to do. I read so much because I just like being outside of my reality, because I have one. I know what it is. I know what I do. You know, if I'm not working, I don't particularly want to just hang out in my world or do the honey-do's all day long. So I escape to another world and hang out with some other people that are doing exciting stuff, or living in a world of intrigue, or sitting and watching a movie from Korea somewhere, doing something, watching other people do what I do, telling a story that's foreign to my experience and wondering how I would be in that situation and figuring that out so when that situation does pop up on a page or somewhere, I have a reference point. Or I have a particular kind of person that I've seen do that thing and remember how that person existed in that dilemma or that situation so that I can apply myself to it. And that's what reading does. It just allows me to expand and figure out who all these people are. There are all these jobs that I'm never gonna do. But I can read about people who do specific kinds of jobs that are foreign to mine and learn something about them. And if I get a job, and somebody wants me to be a carpenter, then I can remember a movie that I've seen about a carpenter or a story that I read about a carpenter. Or I can pick up a book and read something about a carpenter and figure out what carpenters do. Carpenters, like everybody else, yeah, I build furniture, but my life is this. So I do this. I might be a carpenter, but I kill people, you know,...
As a kid, Samuel L. Jackson stuttered so badly that he stopped talking for almost a year. Today he’s one of the world’s most successful actors, with roles in over 100 films, including Pulp Fiction and The Avengers. In his online acting class, the Oscar-nominated star shares how he creates memorable characters, powerful performances, and a long-lasting career. Learn to master auditions, analyze scripts, and find the truth in every role you play.
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Samuel L. Jackson is so down-to-earth and enjoyable to watch that he makes it easy to listen to him and absorb all the wisdom of his experience to we students. For anyone studying acting, this is helpful, motivating, and enlightening, regardless of how much training one has done before.
I really enjoyed SLJ's matter-of-fact style approach to acting, it's sort of how I've always felt I approach it, but I've read books that made me feel like I was wrong to approach it that way. SLJ made me feel validated. Also I just loved his attitude and how non-judgemental he was. Great course!
Being more confident, knowing to chase goals in every scene, taking risks and be committed to your choices, be humble, be on time, give everything in every performance and audition you make. Blessings to Mr. Jackson and all the crew!