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Samuel L. Jackson

Lesson time 07:17 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...

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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.

Sam teaches with such ease and laughter. He made me realise that acting is so much more than an art form it's a masterpiece.

Honest, straight, no-bullshit and insightful. Thank you Mr Jackson!

This class helped me learn several lessons like be relatable, always be prepared, and always give your best.

Samuel made acting easier for me to understand how to begin 🙏🏾


Chance S.

This was great! I cant wait to try all of the tools and tricks thank you Mr.Jackson. I love how he talked about the art side of acting and the business side of things really really insightful stuff. 5 stars!

A fellow student

The lessens were great. Very informative/insitefull. Now I know what to do and what not to do. Especially to always be prepared and on time!

Raphael L.

Samuel L. Jackson's insight and knowledge of the industry goes beyond what I had expected. He shares invaluable lessons and intimate stories that will have you poised in self-reflection. There's a number of tools he presents that will enrich your craft as an actor but also as a person. He offers a balance between both worlds and lets you understand that in order to deepen the craft, you have to deepen yourself. Thank you Samuel L. Jackson for sharing your wisdom! You truly are one of the greats.


Michael Woods.......Loved a working actor for 40 years its all about the process and breaking it down and Sam lays it out in spades! But I'd like to hijack his memory to learn a script after just 3 reads...and all the other parts too...I'm jealous!! Great share MFG

Nelson B.

Extraordinary course and teacher. I loved it. I will go back and re-watch everything. Thank you for this Masterclass. Mabuhay !(Live long & prosper)

A fellow student

I loved it and i cant wait to get out to the world and use these skills he taught me.

Antonia T.

Wonderful masterclass. I loved it. Thanks! Sam is the coolest! But I'm still waiting for my email that indicates and proves that I have completed the masterclass (and I have completed 4 masterclasses: this one, Annie Leibovitz, Scorsese, and Goodall). What about you? Did you get an email after completing the masterclass? Thanks, greetings from Spain & stay safe / Antonia

Madeline E.

This is my third Acting Masterclass that I have taken and each one has allowed me to learn more. Samuel's has been very helpful to me and hearing him speak honestly about the industry and what his process is has been extremely beneficial. Thank you!

Nzinga F.

Sameuel is an actor in full awareness of the craft. He owns it and enjoys it, as well. I learned about his sense of accountablilty, his commitment to creating characters with depth and a full back-story, and his quest to pursue his artistry everyday. I appreciated all of the tips and angles for which he approaches his art. What a down-to-earth man able to connect with not only his audience on the screen, but also his students on the set and those taking the course electronically. Thanks, Samuel! I truly enjoyed your sharing of your expert knowledge and experience!

Angela M.

Wow, thank you for sharing and providing insight into acting. I'm not interested in acting professionally. However, the skills and information can be used in other aspect of life. Thank you again for taking the time to share your wisdom.