From Samuel L. Jackson's MasterClass

Conclusion

When you finish this MasterClass and continue your career in acting, Sam urges you to remember your responsibility to your audience—and to the world at large.

Topics include: Student Q&A: Final Thoughts • Parting Wisdom

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When you finish this MasterClass and continue your career in acting, Sam urges you to remember your responsibility to your audience—and to the world at large.

Topics include: Student Q&A: Final Thoughts • Parting Wisdom

Samuel L. Jackson

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So, wow. Thanks, guys, for being here today and for suffering through whatever it was I was throwing at you, and trying to see if I could pull out of you or whatever. Hopefully, you got something out of this, something that will be beneficial that you can use going forward in this business called show. See how that works for you. At least things to think about. Things to try and do, things to enhance your thought process when you're looking at a script or looking at a character and trying to figure out how you want to go in a room and present your best self to them, you know, whatever. Or if you look at these films again and say, what was he talking about? That's not what they're doing. But, you know, it's a tough business. You know, there are a lot of things that go your way, a lot of things don't-- mostly don't. You know, we here know a lot. We learn how to deal with it, you know. You guys are still going to auditions, so you know that, you know. That that's just the nature of the beast. It's designed to defeat you in a way. - Is there anything, like, in particular, that you can think of, like one thing that you wish that you could go back and, like, tell yourself? - The one thing I wish I could go back and tell my young self is be patient, you know. Everything happens in its own time. I lost sight of this because I was doing Pulitzer Prize-winning plays. I was working with actors and directors who were helping me find my way inside of a character to develop and create a method of working that serves me well now. The kinds of things that we talked about in here today, were things that I learned how to explore character, and explore the meaning of what I was doing, and what was going on inside the story. And not wish for what this was, but that's it. I will teach myself patience, you know. But it's all about, it's all about getting up and going to work, you know. Don't be afraid to get up and go to work. Well, you guys are great. Look forward to seeing you, hopefully somewhere on a movie set. - Agreed. - There is no formula for success. If there was and we could put it in a can, a lot of people would buy it. And that person would be rich. But the one thing for sure is success is, you know, the byproduct of hard work, you know. Or what is that? Luck is the perfect meeting of preparation and opportunity, you know. If you're not prepared and opportunity knocks, I don't care how wide the door open is, you're not gonna get through it, you know. Gotta be prepared. So it's all about that and understanding the mechanics and fundamentals of what we do and how we do it. Those people tend to be more successful than the others, you know. You can't be a great basketball player if you can't dribble and you can't shoot, you know. You can't be a great actor if you can't understand and dissect the emotions of the people you're trying to interpret and interpret them in a way that people understand and recognize. So what...

Get into Character

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.

Reviews

4.7
Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Fantastic class that has helped me to understand not just the craft of acting, but the business of acting professionally. Also, as a quiet and director it has helped me to understand how actors work with both material and those around them. Excellent course, thank you Mr Jackson!

Great advise and instructions on how to analyze a character within a script, find-tune your character role. Sam is very impressive, expressive, articulate and inspiring. I didn't expect that. Super class

With a very authentic and refreshing ways Samuel takes you step-by-step through his journey in the acting world and shows in compelling style how the interpretation of a character can effect the outcome of a story and the message to the audience. Thank you for all the wisdom and god bless you.

This was a GREAT class! I appreciate Sam's candid conversations about experiences, dealing with situations and people . . .refreshing. Not just blowing smoke, Lord knows we don't need that.

Comments

Lawrence F.

Wow! Samual Jackson drops lots of Jewels. Although I'm not pursuing an acting career, I wanting to get some insight into the craft, to see if I can apply some techniques to making better vlogs for my social media. This is exactly what I need to help me to dig in, find my voice, persona, and get into character. I'm down for putting in that work, and bringing some excitement for my audience. Thank you for teaching this class, Mr Jackson.

Chris G.

Great Class! Samuel does not sugar coat a thing. I love that he is very Authentic and real. I learned a great deal.

A fellow student

Amazing actor and now amazing teacher. <3 Perhaps one of the finest. Thank you Mr. Jackson!

A fellow student

great class from one of the greats:excelent advices to absorb and put to the test thanks a million from Puerto Rico with Love.

Antonio Roberto P.

This class was incredibly interesting and extremely useful! Sam is a great and nice person!

Victor H.

The lesson is great. Nice button for the class. I initially was worried in the beginning that there were going to be too many stories (and don't get me wrong, the stories are awesome) but not enough training and instruction. However, I was very mistaken. It is an excellent acting course. I would highly recommend it. There is a wealth of valuable, practical information here. In addition to some amazing stories which are valuable too & not just fun!

Robert C.

I never see a instructor so good in teaching I love the way he acts and teaches your awesome role model that copy you.

Timea A.

His method of teaching has definitly had a great impact on me. I particularty loved the dynamics and the charisma in addition to the professionality. I really feel grateful.

Sieruan C.

Sam, I had such a lot of fun watching´your lessons. You always come to the point. I did really enjoyed it and guess I've learned a lot. Maybe you'll read it ;-) Thank you so much !

Jason G.

It doesn’t get any better than learning acting from Samuel L. Jackson. One of my favorite actors of all time.