There’s a plentitude of information available on the internet these days. From YouTube to Instagram to countless informational blogs, websites and online resources there’s seemingly no end to the access we all have now to the answers we seek, and topics we didn’t even know we’d be interested in. If you’ve ever found yourself down a rabbit hole of Wikipedia pages about how dams are made, how a plane flies or what really happened to Amelia Earhart, you know what I’m talking about.
With this information superhighway coming at us from all angles, it can be hard to decipher what’s worth our attention and what’s fluff we can let pass us by, like a leaf in a stream. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were a consolidated database of materials constructed by only experts? Perhaps only by… masters of their craft? Hopefully you’ve caught on to this not-so-subtle lead in, we’re talking about MasterClass. Here’s my honest MasterClass review.
MasterClass is an online learning platform filled with digital courses from experts and masters in a wide range of fields from cooking and space travel, to business entrepreneurship and comedic writing.
They’ve compiled the wisdom of well-known masters like Steve Martin, Malcolm Gladwell, Dr. Jane Goodall and Judd Apatow. Each person teaches an aspect of their craft, which they’re known for being an expert or world-famous craftsman at, and guides the learner through modules related to that topic. The classes are engaging, informative and include personal stories and anecdotes from the person’s life to liven up the lesson and add to the intimacy of the experience.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to sit down with Gordon Ramsay and learn how to make pasta? Or take a photography lesson with Annie Leibovitz? It sounds like a dream opportunity and at only $180 for an annual all-access membership it seems like a bargain relative to the potential opportunities gained from this invaluable information.
So, is it worth it? Will you actually use it? The answer depends slightly on who you are.
If you’re a person who’s always seeking to learn about new things, always down to explore a totally new topic and finds yourself on random research hunts anyways — MasterClass will suit your propensities well.
If you’re a disciplined person who finishes a book until the end, can stick to a goal or form a new healthy habit easily — you’ll have an easy time fitting MasterClass into your lifestyle.
If you’re an adult who misses learning a little bit? Who wants to spend their time online productively and dive into topics you otherwise might not spend time thinking about? You’ll enjoy what MasterClass has to offer.
It’s a subscription that could very easily go un-used if you don’t prioritize it for yourself. It’s also something you can get a lot out of if you make the time for it.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the classes I’ve taken thus far, and plan on getting an annual subscription for years to come.
They’ve got lessons from 80+ of the world’s best and brightest that you can access anywhere at any time. They’re always adding new classes to the mix, and even host live classes on occasion.
Take the time to invest in worthwhile digital content, you might learn something that could change your career path, mindset, or perspective on the world.
Here are some classes to start with when you get your subscription.
Aaron Sorkin Teaches Screenwriting
Aaron Sorkin, Oscar-winning screenwriter and award-winning drama TV producer teaches you all about screenwriting and the ins and outs of character development. He goes over his strategies for research, how to work with your audience and create a convincing story arc. His wisdom from years of entertainment production is now accessible to you, and you’re going to want to hear what he has to say.
Judd Apatow Teaches Comedy
His lifetime in comedy has created some of the funniest blockbusters of all time including Anchorman, Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin and now you’ve got access to his brain for a little while. Judd Apatow gives his insights into comedic writing, writing and performing stand-up, coming up with comedic storylines and more. His 32-module covers seemingly everything an aspiring comedian will need to know to get started, and an established writer to fine tune his craft.
Serena Williams Teaches Tennis
Serena Williams an expert in tennis? With her multiple grand slam wins and lifelong career dominating the sport we’d say she’s more qualified than most, and now you can learn technique and mental toughness from one of the fiercest competitors alive. She teaches about owning the court, net play, preparing for a game day and how to train like the pros.