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This is a review of the Samuel L. Jackson Teaches Acting class from MasterClass!
The MasterClass Instructor – Samuel L. Jackson
This class opens with an introduction to what Samuel L. Jackson does and why he loves to act. He views his role as an entertainer who is able to distract people form their daily lives and allow them to live in certain moments with him for awhile. He talks about how for him, acting is always an adventure and everyday he goes to work there are opportunities to learn, explore, and have fun.
For those who are not familiar with Samuel L. Jackson, he is one of the most popular actors of his generation and is known for numerous films, including Pulp Fiction and Die Hard with a Vengeance. He is also the highest-grossing actor of all time. The films he appears in have collectedly made over $27 billion worldwide.
Samuel L. Jackson was born in 1948 and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A studious youth, Sam developed a love of novels and film early in life. His aunt Edna, who was a schoolteacher, first introduced him to acting. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and studied acting with Dr. Baldwin Burroughs at Spelman. He and his wife LaTanya Richardson moved to New York City on Halloween night, 1976, where he joined the Negro Ensemble Theater Company and enjoyed a robust stage career. Sam found breakout success in film when he played Gator in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, and went on to earn an Oscar nomination for his performance as Jules in Pulp Fiction. Since then, he’s acted in more than 100 films.
In this class, Sam takes viewers through his acting process when it comes to characterization, how to break down a script, how to work with directors, and how to always nail your auditions. This class also uses numerous case studies and student acting workshops where viewers get to see other actors take on roles from Pulp Fiction, The Negotiator, and Kingsman and hear Sam’s feedback so they can apply these lessons to their own acting style.
Acting – Who is it for?
This class is for anyone who wants to improve their acting skills. If you are interested in starting your acting career, this class provides you with the insights on how to develop a character, how to dive into your emotional depths, how to be prepared for your auditions, and how to navigate the film industry.
MasterClass Samuel L. Jackson – Main Themes
- Have fun, work hard
- Be patient
MasterClass Workbook – Samuel L. Jackson
The workbook will be your guide to applying the foundations taught in the video lessons. Each video lesson has a chapter in the workbook where there is a review, take it further opportunity, and assignment. The assignments and take it further sections are used to help viewers develop their acting skills, ability to analyze texts, character development skills, and how to hone an audition piece to perfection.
MasterClass Acting Key Takeaways
Samuel L. Jackson has created a detailed and engaging class that lays the groundwork for character development, breaking down scripts, how to dive into your emotions, and how to make your character your own. Sam uses multiple acting workshops to demonstrate a wide variety of performances, advice, and constructive criticism, so the viewers can learn and maybe even seem themselves in some of the actors in the workshop.
Go in there and present your best self. Take it as, ‘this is a day I get to act for somebody else.’ And be happy about it and be joyous about it. Be confident in it, and go in there and rock the house.
In the final sections of the class, Sam takes the time to walk viewers through is journey, his experiences, and what he thinks upcoming actors should know about the filmmaking industry. He talks about how to work with directors, the importance of on-set collaboration, and how to really get creative and explore your acting practice.
Final Thoughts Samuel L. Jackson’s MasterClass
I loved this class from the very beginning! Samuel L. Jackson has used this class to take an detailed look at his acting process, while also providing excellent opportunities for instruction and constructive criticism. If you are looking for a class that will provide you with the tools to enrich your acting skills, this is the class for you!
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