Wherever your aspirations lie, it is always a good idea to have a background in business, especially given that these days, you can easily do an online MBA degree or other advanced degrees in business even if you are busy with other things. If you are on the fence about whether business school, online or otherwise, is right for you, it is worth taking inspiration from some of these actors and actresses, who felt that a business background was a great fallback option for them if their acting careers hadn’t panned out. Their knowledge of business and finance has probably also helped them navigate the sometimes treacherous world of agents, managers and movie contracts, too!
While he may now be best known for his political career, Arnie was one of the most popular action heroes of the 90’s, and before that, a champion bodybuilder. There is more to him than brawn, however, and in the mid seventies, Arnie did a correspondence degree in international business (for the younger ones among you, that was how you did a remote degree before there were online MBA programs). His business savvy helped him form the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain with some of his fellow A listers.
Oscar winner Cate Blanchett had a very solid back-up plan if her acting talents had not been realized. In her native Australia, she studied economics at the University of Melbourne.
It is hard to imagine Hollywood without Clint Eastwood, one of the most iconic American actors of the 20th century. However, after he left high school, Clint actually attended the University of Los Angeles to study business. He didn’t graduate, but what the business world lost, movie fans gained!
Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro, another Academy Award winner, actually discovered his acting abilities at college. After graduating high school in Puerto Rico, he headed to University of California to do a business degree. He began doing some acting lessons on the side, and auditioning for small stage and screen roles. This eventually lead to him getting his breakthrough part in the iconic 1995 movie The Usual Suspects.
While one of the most famous Hollywood stars of the late 20th century, Costner is unusual on this list in that he not only graduated with his BA in business, but also actually began working in an executive role in marketing. It would appear he didn’t like it very much however, as he lasted only 30 days before resigning to pursue what turned out to be an impressive acting career. While his heyday may have been 20 years ago, Kevin Costner still gets some interesting roles today, and will probably never need to consider a white collar job again!
In every generation of stars there are some people who are surprisingly highly educated in unrelated fields. Business degrees and MBA equivalents are useful for life in general, so if you aren’t sure what to study, they can be a great asset even if you dream of fame and fortune!