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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Meet A Member Marcus Freed

Meet Marcus J Freed who moved to LA_6 years ago to pursue Acting, Writing (& Spiritual/Educational Performance Art. 
photographer: Anthony Evergreen 

'In other words I'd spent a few years touring the world performing one man plays - Biblical comedies like Elijah: First Action Hero & King David's Greatest Hits - & since getting here I've published two books - The Kosher Sutras & The Kabbalah Sutras - the latter just won a bunch of awards which was great!

click here to find out more

Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
It chose me. Felt like intuition. The mix of a fantastic community, tremendous creative energy and great spiritual depths. I feel there is a 'hidden LA': most people get stuck at seeing the superficial levels, but there is a Yin/Yang principle at play - I have met some profound spiritual teachers here and there are great depths that balance out the superficiality. Lots more to say on this!

What do you miss most from home?
Jumping on the tube and going to the West End to see world-class theatre. Hands-down that's the biggest thing I miss. That and my nephews ;-)

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? 
I was struck by the fact that people come here from all over the world to pursue different dreams. There are a lot of accomplished people who have achieved things elsewhere but they travel to Los Angeles to magnify their message. One of my friends calls LA 'the throat chakra of the world' because much of the planet listens to what comes out of Los Angeles. So this is a great place to broadcast, whether it is performances, teachings or other kinds of art.

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus Watford?
When natives ask where I am from I say that Watford is an exotic twin city of LA - it's where they filmed Harry Potter, where Sir Elton John owned the football team, and there's a big shopping mall. The real differences between Watford & LA? I'd rather keep it diplomatic and say that both have their strengths...

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
Nope. That's why it's hidden!

But I do love Cafe Gratitude in Venice.

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here?
Do not expect Los Angeles to come to you. If you get a magical job offer then great. I found it worked best by showing up, meeting people, making myself available, and not expecting anything to happen. There is a great value to just getting here, shaking hands, and being around. My #1 piece of advice would be to set up a pilot trip of two or more weeks - the longer the better - because LA opens up its arms when you show up to it. This is a very special city. I love it.

Lots of our members join our group Brits in LA seeking out words of wisdom - what is the best piece of advice you've been given?
Always look for the good. See beneath the surface. Do not moan about the traffic but notice the sunshine and the amazing places that the roads can lead you towards. Do not complain about a lack (auditions, jobs) but focus on the amazing people here in LA, get collaborating and create something great!

Lastly, how can we find out more about you ? Are you working on anything at the moment? 
This weekend (Saturday December 10th & Sunday 11th 
I am doing the last two performances of my play 'Solomon: King, Poet & Lover - A Tale of One Man & 700 Wives'


50% discount for all BritsinLA members - 
use the code SOLOMON50 for $10 tix at www.solomonplay.com

5774 W. Pico Blvd, 
LA, CA 90019 (2 blocks east of Fairfax).




Visit Marcus website here 
www.marcusjfreed.com

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

Brits On Stage

(and a few Australian & Irish ones too!) 

Make sure to visit us on Facebook @BritsLoveLA for ticket giveaways!

EMPIRE OF THE SUN
The Novo

December 8th
Tickets Here

GLASS ANIMALS
El Rey

December 12th
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THE PAPER KITES
El Rey
December 15th
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THE DANDY WARHOLS
The Fonda

December 16th
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MIDGE URE
The Roxy

January 13th
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BEAR'S DEN
El Rey
January 17th
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FRANK TURNER & the SLEEPING SOULS
The Wiltern
January 28th
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80's WEEKEND
w/ Tony Hadley, ABC, Thomas Dolby & Nena
Microsoft Theatre
January 28th
Tickets Here

ADAM ANT
KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER LIVE 2017
The Fonda SOLD OUT

February 9th
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ADAM ANT
Observatory OC
February 17th
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LITTLE MIX
opening for Ariana Grande

Honda Anaheim
March 30th
Tickets Here

ROGER WATERS
Staples Center
June 20th/21st
Tickets Here

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
The Greek

June 29th
Tickets Here

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

MEET A MEMBER - RAYMOND-KYM SUTTLE

Meet a Member

Meet Raymond-Kym Suttle from London who moved to LA 3 years ago to pursue acting/comedy/dance, writing, directing, film-making and choreography.


Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
Sunshine: I’m very happy to enjoy one season all year round. Aside from the weather, I kept watching TV and films and wishing I could be in them and realized that if I wanted to be in the running to be cast in them, then I had to be where they were being made.

What do you miss most from home?
Reasonably priced yet healthy meals to grab on the go like sandwiches from Pret a Manger, and the little salad pots from Marks & Spencer that used to be £3 for two, but who knows what’s happened since Brexit…

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? If so why?
I first came to LA in about 2002, to stay with a friend I’d made online. I had a great time. I came back a few times after that and noticed that a lot of the city was starting to look run down, their were pot-holes in the roads and it seemed like no money was spent on the infrastructure. I also came here before mobile phones were in everyone’s hands and I preferred it then because people looked at you, smiled, connected more often. That still happens but not as much. I also came on a networking week before I moved here and had to catch a cab somewhere – it was really hard to hail a cab on the street; it took me an hour to get a cab on Sunset and it cost me $25 to go over the hill to Studio City. I bought a car from a dodgy car dealer in NoHo that died after 14 months so now I use the bus and Uber a lot (which is often cheaper than the bus!) so I’m very grateful to all the Uber/Lyft drivers out there who provide a fantastic and much more economical service so that we don’t have to suffer the cabs!

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus London?
Attitude. I spent most of my adult life in London but in fact grew up in Zimbabwe until I was 16. As a result I have a different take on British behaviour - I was often frustrated by the unwritten rules of British social and professional interactions, which seem to frown upon people being direct. LA also seems to bring out the simmering peculiarities of people (oh the tales I could tell), but the biggest positive difference for me is the ‘anything is possible’ attitude I often encounter here. There are so many opportunities and people seem willing to at least meet you. I always find it odd in London how difficult it is to get a meeting with an agent or casting director, especially if you haven’t got the ‘right’ credentials like RADA on your CV. There’s a thinly veiled irritation that seems to say: who on earth do you think you are bothering us? In LA, I love the fact that agents and casting directors do their job and meet you because they never know who might be the next big thing and their next meal ticket.

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
I’m not sure how hidden it is but I do love Republic of Pie on Magnolia, between Lankershim & Vineland. It has a great atmosphere, live music most evenings, fantastic pies, cakes, baked goods and beverages. The banana and chocolate bread pudding is divine. And my personal favourite drink: chai latte made with hazelnut millk…

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here?
I have a long, long list of suggestions… But primarily:
  1. Have a LOT of money saved up; moving country is expensive and there are al sorts of things you didn’t factor in cropping up.
  2. Don’t be in a rush to do things like buy a car – I allowed myself to be convinced that it was impossible to live in LA without a car. It is possible. If I’d known about Uber before I bought the car I wasted $5k or more on, I’d probably have saved myself a lot of money and still have some to spare.
  3. Nowhere and everywhere in LA is central. When looking for a place to live, find an area you like, and feel safe. If you have a ‘regular’ job where you’re going to work at the same place every day then sure, find somewhere close to where you work so that you don’t lose hours of your life commuting. If you’re an actor, you’re likely to be sent all over the city for auditions but it probably makes sense to be within 20 mins drive of Hollywood/Studio City as that’s where the bulk of auditions tend to be.
  4. Find a group of people you can meet with regularly whether it be an acting class, a hiking group, or a local coffee shop where you get to know that servers personally – LA can be isolating and it makes a huge difference to have a place/event that you can go to and be known by name.
  5. Be a good, reliable, available friend and make sure you develop a reputation for being dependable. Far too many people think it’s ok to be a ‘flake’ and don’t seem to realise that your reputation is everything. Get a reputation for being unreliable, late, not showing up, not being prepared, not working hard and you’ll run out of work, and real friends, rapidly.

Lots of our members join our group Brits in LA seeking out words of wisdom - what is the best piece of advice you've been given?
Don’t be afraid to tell people to f**k off. If someone isn’t good for you don’t be afraid to walk away. I’m a loyal and dependable friend – and rightly or wrongly, I expect my friends to treat me the same. I’ve always been a very forgiving person (it may take me a while to get there after I’ve been hurt, but I’m generally willing to give people a second chance) but since I’ve moved to LA I’ve ‘deleted’ 3 people I’ve been friends with for years because they repeatedly proved themselves to be unreliable and unsupportive – and that was after I let them know how I felt (I think it’s important to at least tell people there’s a problem or else how can they address the issue?) and told them plainly that they weren’t contributing to the friendship equally. It was hard for me but it saves heartache if you’re not wasting time getting mad at people who don’t understand why it matters that they make an effort.

Lastly, how can we find out more about you? Are you working on anything at the moment?

I’m often in San Francisco performing as Major Suttle-Tease (my comedy/burlesque persona) at various venues. I’ve got my debut at Flappers comedy club in Burbank this November and hopefully they’ll invite me back after that. I’ll also be performing at Monday Night Tease at the Three Clubs on Vine in Hollywood in December.

I’m working on getting my feature film made (based on the stage play version I did in London) – ‘Treatment’ – a family drama based very loosely on my relationship with my father. I was in a feature film in 2014 that I’m hoping will finally be released in 2017 with an amazing A-list cast but I signed an NDA so can’t say anything more about it yet!

I have a sitcom, Karma Daze, that I’ve begun shooting, but need to raise more money for it. I’m acting in and directing a production of ‘The Pillowman’ which will be on in December – more news about that when we have the venue confirmed. I’ve just been cast as a series regular on a new animated series called ‘Captain Virat’, playing one of the leads and voicing 2 other smaller roles too.

I’m also in the process of setting up a demo reel company with my housemate, Warren Saire (ex-actor and BBC cameraman), for actors that provides a service that no-one else is providing: I write a scene based on your most likely casting-type, rehearse the scene in advance, take as much time as it takes to shoot the scene in an unpressured environment (most companies give you a limited time to shoot a scene) and edit it so that if there are two actors in the scene, you each get a version which focuses on you.

www.raymondkymsuttle.com
Facebook: Major Suttle-Tease

Twitter: @RayKymSuttle

Thursday, November 24, 2016

WEEKLY HOROSCOPES Dec 1st 2016


If you would like a private reading with Anne you can contact her via

Email Anne at shawcastar@aol.com
or call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
Tarot and astrology! 

She is offering the following discounts
Brits in LA members $85
Brits in LA Key Members $75


Stargazing with Annie Shaw


   STARS

12/3/16



ARIES.
In any relationship situation you will find that what ever was a problem will begin to ease up as Mars your boss moves forward into your money area of life. As this is also a creative time for you what ever you are considering in this area go for it.


TAURUS
Your priority should be taking care of you in any area that requires attention. and start with what you know you can handle right now. Be aware that Mercury the planet of communications will be strolling backwards and on your case mid month if you resist.

GEM
The fact that your boss planet Mercury is strolling backwards mid month should at least prompt you to finish up what ever in your life needs completion. In the current time frame be aware what your intuition is prompting you to do and go for it.

CAN
It’s best to say nothing at all right now about any body or situation in process.
With the sun in a fire sign it can irritate you and others. The fact is if you can be cool by mid next week it will be calmer all round.  

LEO.
Your family or someone close is bringing good news and this will begin a much welcomed cycle of more positive times. Put to one side any negative thoughts and life will be flow for you in many more ways.


VIR
You will find it quite difficult to hide any feelings this next week or so .With this in mind be very precise in what you say or do .No matter who or what has or could upset you let it flow past and keep a low profile .


LIB
You are in for a happy time frame coming up this next couple of weeks. The sun is assisting you to complete any work or home related areas currently. With this in mind start planning for unexpected travel for fun.









SCOR
Financial situations left a lot to be desired this past few weeks, however the good news is starting mid month your overall life will be much improved and this will continue in to next year. You have much to look forward too, however be patient in some areas.


SAG
If you want or need to change your life in any area it’s not a good idea to wait for a better time or for others. Saturn in your life is working hard to bring the right changes for you and it’s to your advantage to listen to your inner voice.


CAP
You may be a little confused this week ahead as you have achieved a lot this past couple of months or so it seems .To be fair you have worked a long time for this to transpire .Often it is an anticlimax so know this, relax and enjoy.


AQU
You have been feeling frustrated here and there over the last week or so. This is a temporary feeling as your boss planet Uranus is in Aries and under some pressure. Its time to give yourself a pat on the back for all the things you have achieved.


PISC
Why are relying on others to show you the way lately. You have a mind of your own
so start to use it to your own advantage. Neptune your boss planet is getting ready to party next week. Show up for life’s party in your best party hat.

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Meet A Member - Victoria O'Brien


Meet Victoria O'Brien from N.Ireland who moved to LA 2 years ago to pursue a life in her beloved LA

Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
I fell in love with LA on a family holiday back when I was 17 years old. I was 39 when I finally moved here and started a business. In the years in between, I have lived in England, Sydney, Dubai and Qatar!

What do you miss most from home?
My family ... and also Greggs steak bakes and sausage rolls 


What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since?
When I was 17, I fell in love with the excitement of it all, the climate, the movie buzz etc. As an adult I still love those things but it's more than that now. I love the diversity, and the 'anything is possible' attitude. I'm used to living in transient cities like Dubai and Qatar and LA can be like that in many ways.. I like that. It keeps life interesting!!

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus any of the other cities you have lived in?
There are actually a lot of similarities between LA and the other cities I've lived like Dubai or Sydney. My heart lies here though 😊

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
Yes, Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church is a hidden gem in that its super contemporary and not at all what you would expect from a Presbyterian church.

My other secret gem is my gym, Happy Hour Gym, right on the corner of Santa Monica and Doheny Drive. It's a bit of a celeb spot as it's very discreet so if you can remain cool while working out next to someone famous then this gym is for you!!

Of course, another gem is my beautiful salon, Maud's of Beverly Hills 😉
Visit Maud's Website for more info

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here?
If you are moving here with children and / or animals, call me lol! I have 'been there, done that'!

Lots of our members join our group Brits in LA seeking out words of wisdom - what is the best piece of advice you've been given?
I wasn't given any and I was so gung-ho about moving that I probably wouldn't have listened. My advice is, if you decide to move here or anywhere else in the US, do it all legally and not on a shoe string budget.

Lastly, how can we find out more about you ?
I own a beautiful, boutique salon on North Doheny Drive, called Maud's of Beverly Hills. You can find me there most days when I'm not on 'mummy duty' to my 3 children.

Website http://maudsofbeverlyhills.com/

Twitter  @MaudsofBH

Instagram @maudsofbeverlyhills

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

MEET A MEMBER - MICHELLE ROTHWELL


Meet Michele Rothwell from Cheshire who moved to LA 7 years ago....




Was there a particular reason you chose LA?  
My husband Jayson sold a movie script to Warner Bros. We knew that if he was to make a serious career as a screenwriter we had to live in LA and now was the time. We moved with our 2 children who were 8 and 10 years old.
I was an interior designer in the UK. After a few years living in LA I decided to set up as an interior designer here. I am a huge fan of British brands: Farrow & Ball paint, Osborne & Little and Designer’s Guild fabrics, all available in LA. I specialize in upholstery, drapery and paint. Bringing my English style to the LA market.
I’ve also set up an online store selling selling throws, cushions, candles, beauty products and bags. Many suppliers are sourced in the UK: John Hanly throws from Tipperarry in Ireland, Kristjana S Williams pillows from London, Welton London candles, Chocolate Creative English cushions. Christian Williams creates the Christmas windows for Fortnum and Mason in London.


What do you miss most from home?
Family. Although we all get together for holidays now, something we never did when we were living 20 minutes from each other. We see less of each other but we have better quality time.  Winter clothes. Aga stoves. Real fires in snugs.
I’m glad to get away from British Soaps, and the obsessive culture of tabloid newspapers and gossip magazines.


What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since?
Amazing. Although it was hard to find a lease house that wasn’t falling down or had a landlord that you could trust. Design has improved. The style of new homes are stunning. West Hollywood has completely changed. Melrose has rejuvenated.



What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus Cheshire?
I lived in the English countryside, in a small village. My life is completely different in every way. I think the biggest difference is the way my children live their life compared to me as a teenager. My 17 year old son was driving at 15, had a car at 16 and now drives all over LA night and day. My friends back in UK with teenage kids would never believe the independence and confidence most 17 year olds have in LA. With that independence comes maturity and ambition. A recent picture of my son hanging out at the Paul Smith store on Melrose with the man himself!


Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
We obviously miss the Indian food, good Indian restaurants are hard to find. We love a little Indian restaurant on Montana in Santa Monica called Pradeep’s.  It’s a good mix of the traditional Indian dishes you find back home but with LA healthy choices: butter & cream-free, vegetarian, gluten-free & vegan options!


What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ?
LA is not what you perceive it to be from the pages of OK magazine. It’s competitive, fast moving and often lonely. There are few people you can trust. Most are on their own tough path and haven’t got the resources or time to help you. Work hard and don’t waste money. Value the simple things like the weather and the ocean. Slowly build your circle and grow organically.

What is the best piece of advice you've been given?
We didn’t have any advice or know anybody. We moved over here completely blind. The talent is immense and the competition fierce. A successful South African friend of mine over here told me that she believes immigrants are the most successful in LA because we don’t give up. We’re strong, determined and brave. My advice is if you believe in yourself and your dream go for it and never give up!

Lastly, how can we find out more about you? Are you working on anything at the moment?  
I’m developing my online store and have started doing Pop Up’s around the city.

Instagram: @fourcolorsla

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Puddles Pity Party Ticket Give Away!

Meet A Member - Rachelle-Mae Gilbuena

Meet Rachelle-Mae Gilbuena from Surrey, England, who moved to the States two years ago 


Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
My mum got a job offer here and all our family is based in LA.

What do you miss most from home?
 I miss all my long-time friends I've known all my life and just the aspect of the culture in Britain.

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since?  My first impression of LA was that it was much more chaotic everywhere and there's always a lot going on! But the people here are very friendly and living here has been great so far!

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus Surrey? Surrey is much more quiet and everyone knows each other in the area. There's not much to do. In LA there's always something new to do every day and the weather's a plus!

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here?
To others who are thinking to move to the big city of LA, I would definitely say it's a change and it could be a hard transition at times, but the new changes you could experience are worthwhile! I found and joined SM Spirits Netball Club a few months ago, which has helped the transition. I haven't played netball for almost two years, so I was definitely anxious to start playing it again. But everyone was so welcoming on my first training and made me feel part of the team straight away! All the ladies definitely encourage each other and it's a great surrounding to play around, whether it's just for fun or competitively. I'm always looking forward to playing netball with this amazing team!

Lots of our members join our group Brits in LA seeking out words of wisdom - what is the best piece of advice you've been given? 
The best advice I've been given is definitely " It will get better." Starting school here at first was very difficult, with all the new curriculum and trying to make friends, but two years later I couldn't be happier about living here. It just takes time.

Twitter @SpiritsNetball

Monday, October 31, 2016

MEET A MEMBER - KATIE BRIGHT