With the world in a standstill, there is time to learn and gain new skills. Masterclass is a site that features classes by some of the top people in the industry. Although they do have a lot of classes for other industries like culinary or sciences, Masterclass has a big selection of classes for the entertainment industry. It is full of classes from writing for TV with Shonda Rhimes to music for film with Danny Elfman. Here are the best Masterclass classes to take to learn more about the entertainment industry.
Anna Wintour – Creativity and Leadership
The Vogue editor-in-chief who allegedly “The Devil Wears Prada” is based on has a class on creativity and leadership. Wintour is a great communicator and explains thoroughly what decisions she makes for the magazine and why. A chapter of the class features a real Vogue meeting as they discuss an upcoming issue. This class is perfect to get inspired and learn what it takes to be a leader.
Bob Iger – Business Strategy and Leadership
Bob Iger has been an example to follow as the head of a big company. Iger led the way on the acquisitions of Marvel, Star Wars, and 20th Century Fox. His class looks at the case studios from those acquisitions. Most importantly, Iger talks about running the Walt Disney Company and how risks and disruptions need to be made. The class also looks at what it means to have a brand like Disney that already has a strong perception among people.
Samuel L. Jackson – Acting
There are many acting classes out there. But who better to learn more about it than from Samuel L. Jackson. With a career with classics like “Pulp Fiction” and having a core role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his classes focus a lot on creating the most rememberable character and being creative in that aspect.
Steve Martin – Comedy
Comedy is not an easy place to thrive in. Comedian Steve Martin takes you through a comedy class that is focused on developing who you are. It’s not just about the jokes you tell but about your delivery, persona, and morality. Martin also touches upon how to deal with hecklers and learning to edit yourself.
Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein – Advertising and Creativity
Advertising is everywhere and is also taught everywhere. But Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein think about advertising as a creative outlet instead of making people buy a product. The minds behind the now famous “Got Milk?” slogan, the pair looks at advertising as an outlet to think out of the box and explain how to focus on creating something that will be remembered forever.
Hans Zimmer – Film Scoring
Hans Zimmer has created some of the most iconic film scores. From “The Lion King,” “Interstellar,” to “Batman,” learning about how to create a memorable score from Zimmer feels special. Besides learning how to write your own music, Zimmer shares his own journey and how to work with filmmakers to capture their vision.
Misty Copeland – Ballet Technique and Artistry
If you need to get off the couch, this is the class. Misty Copeland is the principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater. Some classes look at her own journey to getting to the top, but the main point of the class is to build your ballet technique. Whether you are brand new or have years of experience, Copeland shows you how to own your movement.