Without actors, prisoners would have to be released from jail to play themselves in Lifetime movies. Keep the streets safe with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a six-month membership to an online actors' resource from Your Actor MBA (a $250 value).
The crew behind Your Actor MBA heads up an online school for actors, breaching the business-side of acting from representation and auditions to branding and money management. Over the course of 11 35- to 40-minute videos, actors eavesdrop on casual roundtable discussions among Hollywood veterans seasoned by experience and salt-cured by success, including agents from TalentWorks and UTA, Breckin Meyer from Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Friends writer/producer Jeff Greenstein, and Oceans Eleven actor Mark Gantt. These guests go beyond advice on selecting a monologue to the deeper knowledge of business ins-and-outs, including what to do when pitted against a sentient Roomba for the lead in a remake of Robocop.
A full syllabus pops up for each episode, loaded with meticulous minutes, so actors can eschew distracting note-taking without being down-graded to playing the role of Danny DeVito's jogging shorts. An ongoing, members-only message board allows participants to post feedback and questions for other participants and guests.