Another business strategy for a bad economy: act like a nonprofit. Over the last few weeks, Act One Studios, longtime actors’ training ground for commercial work, film, and more, has been issuing some desperate calls for help. Act One has always been a business, not a charity, but director and owner Steve Merle and his partner and wife, Anne Jacques, say their situation forced them to turn to friends and supporters for donations. “It’s really embarrassing,” Jacques said last week. But it worked.