Film & TV


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...

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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.

Samuel is a great instructor and just a funny guy too. You will have fun during you're learning a lot.

A very interesting and informative class. It's helped me think about the way I write characters.

This class has stoked my passion for the process and serendipity of the acting and film world, and inspired desire to do more, after a career hiatus in another field, where I kept the passion kindled over the years by supporting independent films and some other actors! Sam's stories and presentation are life inspiring.

one down many more to go. glad I can soak up some game and knowledge from one of the greatest to ever do it. definitely added some tools to my toolbox and look forward to more in the future.


Matthew B.

Great listening to you Sir !! Hope I can find the High Standards you describe and have Shown in your Work for so many Years. Thank You

Chava G.

Truly appreciating the experience. I was missing this guidance, and now have a better feel for the process of acting, thank you for this freaking series Samuel L. Jackson!

Dario Z.

Another great experience by MasterClass to make my acting career better and better. I suggest everyone to follow these classes! Thank you!

Ainsworth G.

A nice opening class to the world of Acting. There where a lot of jewels on thinking, training, and general concepts that will allow you to move not only fast but also far in this career field.

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!