The Acting Corps, a school endorsed by Oscar winner Sydney Pollack as well as Rainn Wilson of The Office, takes a modern approach to acting instruction. In classes with an average of 16 students, creativity flows unimpeded and students overhear the whispered names of Hollywood’s best agents quite clearly. Actors with MFA degrees lead programs that help acting students find an authentic style, and also pilot advanced classes with mock auditions that challenge experienced actors. Four- or six-week acting boot camps incorporate aspects of the Meisner technique and the Michael Chekhov technique. In classes engineered for international acting students, teachers elucidate methods for developing a convincing American accent or faking a convincing cheeseburger craving.
For more than 35 years, the experts at International Auto Radio have been souping up and stylizing cars with top of the line electronics and security enhancements. Technicians collaborate with customers to create customized sound systems for boats, video entertainment for an RV, or a car navigation system that drives you straight to the nearest donuts. The techs can also transform trunk space into wall-to-wall speaker systems, install fuchsia under-lighting for a Spyder motorcycle, or plug in high-resolution digital screens in the backseat of sedans. To amp up security, staffers can also install systems from ScyTek Electronics that beam signals directly to a driver’s smartphone.
Since 1996, Southern California Health Institute has educated students on how to heal through the power of touch, teaching European medical massage therapy and an integration of massage and physical-therapy modalities. Through classes and hands-on training, students complete their programs qualified for the national certification exam and ready to put the sleeper hold on tension. In order to help students gain experience, Southern California Health Institute offers discounted massages given by a member of their student body. Clients can also enjoy massage therapy from a professional instructor.
Jackalope's buyers travel the world to curate an exotic collection of home and garden accessories, filling their boutique with ornamentations from Asia, Mexico, and towns across the globe. The eclectic décor, which has been featured on HGTV's The Outdoor Room, spills out from the multicolored store into a peaceful outdoor oasis teeming with intricate pottery, stone statues, and dulcet wind chimes. Fountains gurgle as eyes take in the sun-soaked scene of vividly colored pots, sculptures, and gleeful Buddha figurines that counsel garden gnomes on how to achieve enlightenment.
Heal One World empowers people with the knowledge and techniques to help themselves. Through classes, the organization teaches people skills and natural, noninvasive treatments they can use to ameliorate illness and injury and prevent further ailments from arising. Most of these classes impart self-help techniques and are therefore not covered by insurance, so the organization provides them on a sliding scale. Its programs range from yoga and tai chi to acupuncture and Feldenkrais treatments, drawing from ancient, time-tested practices that have often been cast to the wayside by Western culture. Heal One World also maintains a database of care providers who help people from low-income backgrounds attain stability of mind and body.
Yet beyond the individual, Heal One World focuses on strengthening the community. On weekends, it organizes vegan potlucks and film screenings on green opportunities and charity projects, and every May it holds a film, music, and arts festival in order to raise awareness of pressing environmental issues and include the community in artistic endeavors.
ScoreBig.com gives you the chance to name your own price and score tickets guaranteed to be 10%–60% less than typical box-office prices. Honored in 2011 as one of America's Most Promising Companies by Forbes, ScoreBig presents an interactive platform on which to browse, search for, and discover upcoming events in the surrounding region.
To get started, visitors simply choose an event and their desired seating area. Then, using ScoreBig's price range as a guide, they make an offer as they see fit. Within moments, shoppers know whether their offer has been accepted. If it is, they can then complete the purchase; if it isn’t, all they have to do is make another offer, rather than trying to sweeten the deal by ramming a piece of cake into their USB drive.