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Samuel L. Jackson

Lesson time 7:17 min

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.

Samuel L. Jackson
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One of the most successful actors of our generation teaches you how to elevate your acting.
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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.


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

As a director it has provided me with more insight about the acting process

Loved Jackson's class! Really enjoyed hearing the back stories to various roles he's played.

Very well put together, timing and subjects are impeccable

This class is very informative and can teach a young actor/ actress just about everything they need to know about acting.


Yasmina P.

Hi guys, Just finished the class, have read a bit in the workbook yet and taking his insights on board. For instance, today I went to an audition I was, of course, punctual, knew my lines and was thinking very often of what he was talking about all the auditioning stuff. So did my homework on that part but didn't do too much during the audition as they expected me just to read it. So I was off-book, and it felt great, I could have read it, but I was prepared to know my lines and had already a good knowledge about the character. We had a great discussion about the role, and yes, it was just an audition for a short film. So I took it as a workshop for myself to embark from what I have learned or got reminded by him. I will watch the class again and work through the book and do these exercises, already bought two new plays with potential good audition material in it. I created a group on Facebook last week to get an artistic family together here in London to build stuff and see where it goes and learn and make mistakes and learn from that. I am an artist as well, so sometimes I create great shit, and sometimes it's just bloody bollocks, and the painting or collage goes nowhere, which is ok. And this class reminded me it is similar to acting, and I am beyond grateful I could not long time ago overcome the frustration of being rejected. I also loved when he was talking honestly about being sober. I am beyond thankful that I bought the full masterclass it's exactly what I need right now, and it's fantastic that I can watch it whenever I have time for it because I make time for it. Cheers

Aftab K.

Great insight into the acting & entertainment world. Samuel L. Jackson is master at his work. Simply excellent MasterClass on acting.


Brilliant! This was an awesome class! I learned more in two weeks than in the last two years. What a privilege to have an opportunity for such an intelligent, hard working person enlighten you on the craft. I am going to work on everything he discussed and try and get back into theater. Totally worth the price of admission.


A benefit of these master classes is the intimate connection you feel with the teachers, who, despite great success n their fields are in almost ever case humble and giving people - and highly intelligent. The personas we're seeing here are probably closer to their true selves than the people we see in any public or TV appearance, which are usually as constructed as any film (I've shot press junkets with well-known actors and almost always come away with greater appreciation for their performing skills after watching them answering a days worth of repetitive questions from members of the press). Not only do these teachers de-mystify the processes of their work, but the classes go a long way towards helping me appreciate them as people. Seeing g them on this platform humanizes them. And many of them, while offering advice about their craft are at the same time offering life advice - the importance of hard work, being present, being courageous, being kind, etc. Jackson is clearly a smart dude and having played such a wide range of characters he didn't need any additional humanizing. But going forward, every time I see him I'll feel an additional depth of love and appreciation for the man, his intelligence, his talent and his humanity.

A fellow student

Sam Jackson is a Mother F*ckin' Boss! I've learned an enormous amount of indispensable information in a short period of time and I will take it with me for my acting career. Thanks Samuel L Jackson.


I do not see myself as an actor. I do see myself as a dad that reads books to his girls in different character voices and personalities. I have a bad mimic habit that I will imitate an accent or twitch some one may have and have been called out on it, but most of the time I dont even realize that I am doing it. I have noticed that when I am purposely doing a voice or accent that I will slow down and actually do things with no mistake.. But regular speaking, I trip over my tongue more often than a baby trying to walk. I listened to this to see the perspectives of a great actor. I am always looking to broaden my mind in what I do or trying to help others in what they try and do.


That was brilliant thank you so much for sharing all this knowledge and wisdom!

Bilal J.

wow,the was awesome. I loved it and i learned a lot of things it would change my life

Chris B.

Just finished this series, I have to say Mr. Jacksons perspective is positive, insightful and honest. Thanks for a great class.

A fellow student

I loved it. Sam and I have worked together a couple of times in Toronto, so it was a pleasure to watch him teach his craft, and tips on what to do about building your character.