In this post, I will tell you about my experience with MasterClass.com, the advantages of a class with celebrities, and lastly, is it worth it? This will answer some of your questions to help you make up your mind and decide whether you need a course with this content and price if you ever want it.
A few months back, I checked my Facebook and saw a post from Hans Zimmer about him starting his masterclass. I thought to myself, and this is probably another class held far away from me. I decided to click on the shared link anyway.
Surprisingly, I saw that the course was online, and it was just $90! I was pretty excited to watch a course from Hans Zimmer and people at his level! While browsing through, I found a few other courses from David Gamet, Aaron Sorkin, and a few others.
At first, I thought they would have a yearly membership to which I could subscribe, but after a few minutes of browsing, I noticed that I needed to buy each course one by one. I decided to buy the “Dramatic Writing by David Gamet” to get started with.
The Instructor & the class experience
The obvious fact about the masterclass is that all of the instructors are celebrities; not particularly all of them are from Hollywood, but the majority are. That’s why you see more acting, filmmaking, and similar courses more than other subjects.
In some of the earlier reviews, I saw that they talk about this as a negative point. They complained that they earned money because of their status, and this is more of a money-making machine than some practical courses for people like us. So I was skeptical.
After watching a few episodes of David Mamet, I knew this is not an ordinary udemy $10 course. David’s presentation skills and content are more than perfect for an online course.
There are two main qualities I found in the videos that were impressive. First, they do not ‘slide’ focus and are not limited only to the presentation’s content. He brings papers, pens, and a board to show his ideas.
The following quality is the number of points and concepts he covers in one video. Each video is around 5–15 minutes. It doesn’t seem long, but for me, there was a lot of exciting stuff to pick up within a session. Each lesson takes some time to digest and complete the homework.
The homework is another excellent part of the class. After each lesson, you can download a pdf file that includes the lesson summary, suggestions, and the assignment, which pushes you to do it practically. It also lists a few more references to understand the subject more in-depth.
David, in his videos, also suggests some sources of inspiration like movies or books. I love this part! This could not be a much better way for him to tell you how he looks at things.
Before I go to the next part, one more point is the community of each class. This is helpful if you need to ask each Instructor something or share your thoughts with other participants.
This might be the only downside of the master class for many people. But again, it depends on how you look at it and whether you can benefit from the lessons.
The good news is, recently, I noticed a yearly membership box appearing on my profile. I believe that MasterClass.com understands that most people are not going to pay $90 for only one class!
And finally, is it worth it?
I hope this post explains most of what you will get from a class. However, this might not be considered a class just for a hobby. If you are still debating, check whether or not your profession is relevant to the subject being taught or if you want to improve in a specific field.
In my case, I was looking for something to write better blog content, impressive product descriptions, and write more exciting client emails.
It is always good to take the advice of those in the industry who have done amazing things and are still doing extraordinary things. As the saying goes, “Learn From The Best.”