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Thursday, January 22, 2015

LEGIT BRIT - CLOWN BAR

Reviewer: Catherine Siggins
CLOWN BAR by Adam Szymkowicz
redwhite+bluezz @ The Pasadena Playhouse
Thursday 8th January 2015



It’s January 2015, the year is but a foetus, and what better way to start the year then with a show that will shake you out of your post-holiday-turkey-scoffing-wine-indulging daze, and make you sit up and say ‘WTF??” 
Folks, if you’ve not seen a cabaret before, this is the perfect show with which to loose your cabaret cherry, and boy will it go with a B-A-N-G.  redwhite+blue Art Productions is bringing to The Pasadena Playhouse venue Adam Szymkowicz’ Off-Broadway hit, Clown Bar, an anarchic show featuring a cast of hyper ‘colorful’ clowns. This show would not be out of place in a venue during the Weimar era- it’s dark, it’s lascivious, and not for the fainted hearted. I wouldn’t recommend bringing your church going mother.
After doors open at 7.30pm, and while you have a cocktail in the bar, the clowns come and mingle, which in some cases can be a bit disconcerting though delightful to watch. Apart from the bubbly nympho Angelina clown, Petunia (Erin Holt), the rest wouldn’t be out of place in One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. Underneath the beautifully colored costumes and artful makeup, lie demons and broken souls, who have perfected the art of gallows humour and intimidation.
At 8pm you are invited into the restaurant and seated for a three-course dinner, with choice of entrĂ©e (beef, fish or vegetarian risotto) and the first half of the evenings entertainment, a musical cornucopia of songs that will have you choking on your salad and short rib before your plate is clean. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is a vocally gifted sad sack clown called Dusty (Amir Levi), who greets the audience, or “beige people” as we non-clowns are known, with very dark stand-up (his suggestions for population control are so close to the bone they made the audience wince), and singing “You’re Not Welcome” to make us feel right at home. Accompanied at the piano by Keys (Richard Levinson), Dusty, with Shotgun McGhee (Esteban Andres Cruz), Giggles (Chairman Barnes), Blinky (Emily Goss), Twinkles (Rafael Goldstein), and Petunia (Erin Holt) entertain us with songs that are hilarious, very blue and full of black humor. There is even a show stopping musical advert break for a sofa retail store, sung by Richard Levinson, who is also the shows Musical Director, a deliciously psychotic balloon blowing mime Popo (Mandi Moss), and burlesque striptease a la Blinky.
Once dinner is dispatched, and after a short intermission, you are transported into the seedy world of Clown Bar, the after hours dive where clowns go to wipe the smile off their faces with a drink or several. Like the noir novels of Raymond Chandler, this bar is full of gangsters and dames, except this crowd are wearing face paint, romper suits and big shoes. Our hero, ex-clown turned tough-as-nails cop, Happy Mahoney (Shawn Parsons) has come to Clown Bar to find out who killed his brother, Timmy (Joe Fria), a pierrot clown who just couldn’t escape his destiny for tragedy, and too sensitive for comedy circuit turned to chemistry to get his funny fix.  Happy is looking for answers from the boss, Bobo the Clown (Bruno Oliver). Happy also must face the greater challenge of seeing his ex-girly girl Blinky, the femme fatale who broke his heart with a bump and a grind. 
Director Jaime Robledo, and the cast have been imaginative in bringing this world to life in their use of physical comedy, visual gags, tricks, song and dance numbers, props and staging. The dialogue is wise cracking and fast, and the cast really pull out all the stops. The performances are all top-notch and you can see the cast is having heaps of fun. Some clowns may die violently but they don’t go quickly, they don’t go quietly, and always with a gag. Let me put it this way, if Roger Rabbit and cast of Goodfellas had a lovechild, this show would be it.
Hats off to the costume designer Linda Muggeridge, actress and professional clown, Mandi Moss, for the fantastic costume and makeup design. The production team has succeeded in utilizing an awkward space to good effect, although the seating does make it hard for some to watch the cabaret while they eat. 
Playing Thursdays for the month of January at redwhite+bluezz @Pasadena Playhouse, Clown Bar will start 2015 for you with a good dose of alternative fun. 

Just don’t tell Mama!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

MEET A MEMBER - ERIKA BOKAMPER

 MEET A MEMBER:


ERIKA BOKAMPER



Meet Erika from Vancouver, British Columbia who moved to LA 12 years ago to pursue opportunities in clinical skin care.
 
How did you hear about Brits in LA? 
I've had the pleasure of knowing Craig and Eileen for many years! 


What one thing do you miss from home?
The simple day to day with Friends and Family..... and Rodneys Oyster House in Gas Town. 


What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus Vancouver? 
Priorities and opportunities. 


Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us? 

Every day I help people achieve their very best skin, a big part of that is diet , supplementation and self care. I love Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy - they are full of great, free information . I point my clients in their direction if I feel they have a condition that can be balanced between clinical skin care and integrated home care. 

What does community mean to you? 
Community is something special and diverse. Something we all create together- I am excited to be apart of this one! 

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here

A) Do it! Follow your dream! 
B) Get a hybrid, you'll save a lot on gas! 12 years later I am still shocked at how crazy our LA traffic is .


Lastly , how can we find out more about you ?
      I am a resident skin therapist at Francesca Paige Skin. If you are interested, you can find out more about our customized approach to skin care by emailing me directly at erika@francescapaige.com 


Weekly Horoscope by Anne Shaw



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


1 /17/15


ARIES.
If life is not all it could be look at the positive side of things as we move into mid month,  Your boss Mars is moving in to Pisces and can make you somewhat moody or on edge. Bear this in mind all next week and hold back in any communications.


TAURUS
Your emotions are probably in a mess in regards to some area of life. It is more than likely a past situation that has brought things up and this should to be resolved once and for all now.


GEM
It’s not the best time in your life but that’s because you are not looking at the truth of things .Take time out maybe with a trusted friend and figure out what you are not dealing with. You can not be at peace ever until you know your own truth.


CAN
There is an old saying “Karma will catch you if nothing else does” Remember
this when you are letting go of what you consider the past it will come up again
until it is resolved.


LEO.
You may be in the mood to get away for a few days or even hours and you will as soon as what you must take care of in life is complete. Mars in Pisces can make you somewhat nit picking, remember this when dealing with others.


VIR
Since the year began life for you has not been as easy going maybe as you would like, however everything is a lesson and you would be wise to remember this now and make a mental note for the rest of the year.


LIB
Your lovely boss Venus is sitting in Aquarius now which is a compatible sign for you
as well as Mercury .This week ahead on the 21st Mercury goes backwards for three weeks .Get any thing that is time sensitive finished before including travel plans.


SCOR
Work that you enjoy is slowly but surely becoming more available to you than for some years past.  As you at last free from Saturn living with you and restricting life in some ways. The gift of Saturn is you will be rewarded for any positive changes you made now.


SAG


Your boss Jupiter is sitting in Leo asleep he is resting until April and so get all your ducks in a row by that time.  In the mean time do not let that famous foot in your mouth get you into trouble.

CAP.
The sun in the last few days of your sign brings more action for your attention this weekend. Pluto visiting you is raking up any thing in your life that is not for your best good .He will push you to change things eventually. Happy Birthday.

AQU
You are probably feeling a little on edge or even stressed this week. The planet Venus now moving in your life will bring some peace of mind regarding Love and financial areas. Any thing else is up to you so with this in mind keep calm and carry on!

PISC
Mars just in your life will assisting you all the way for a few weeks With this knowledge  and in order to experience happier days  its time to be honest about any feelings much on your mind and if you learn to live in the moment things will work out quicker .

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Brits On Stage

(and a few Irish ones!) 
THE ENGLISH BEAT
The Roxy

January 17th
Tickets Here

EDDIE IZZARD
LARGO

January 18th
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January 19th
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PROK & FITCH
SOUND

January 19th
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JAMIE CULLUM
Largo
January 24th
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SPANDAU BALLET
The Wiltern

January 24th 2015
January 25th 2015
Get tickets here

THE VASELINES
The Roxy

January 28th
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SAM SMITH
The Forum
January 29th
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STEVE COOKE
The Mint
January 29th
Tickets here

BUSH
The Wiltern
January 31st
Tickets Here

GAVIN JAMES 
opening for
SEINABO SEY
The Masonic Lodge
FEBRUARY 4TH
Tickets Here
HOZIER
The Fonda
February 6th
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LLOYD COLE
Largo

February 7th
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BEN HOWARD
The Shrine

February 10th
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BILLY IDOL
The Wiltern

February 18th
Tickets here

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINK
Saban Theatre

February 20th
Discounted tickets on Goldstar!
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ZEN FREEMAN
MINUS ZERO FESTIVAL at MOUNTAIN HIGH 

February 28th
Tickets Here

BEATLES vs STONES
House of Blues (Anaheim)
February 27th, 2015
Tickets Here

JESSIE WARE
The Wiltern

April 8th
Tickets Here

HOZIER
The Chelsea (Las Vegas)

April 9th
Tickets Here

COACHELLA
April 10-12
April 17 -19
Tickets Here 

SIMON AMSTELL
Largo 

April 20th
Tickets Here DAMIEN RICE
The Greek

April 24th
Get tickets here

THE SCRIPT
The Wiltern

June 2nd, 2015
Tickets Here

U2
Four Nights at The Forum!
PRESALE: December 4th
GENERAL : December 8th
SHOWS: May 26th-31st
Tickets Here

THE WHO
Honda Center - Sept 16th 2015
Staples Center - Sept 21st 2015
Tickets for Honda Center here
Tickets for Staples Center here

Meet A Brits in LA Member - Nigel McGuinness

Meet Nigel McGuinness from Staplehurst

(Staplehurst is a small village in Kent that nearly saw the untimely demise of Charles Dickens in a train wreck,)
Illustration: CharlesDickensInfo.com
via Tampa (a large tropical metropolis that nearly saw the untimely demise of his will to live,) who moved to LA three years ago to make an autobiographical documentary about his retirement tour from pro wrestling and whatever the next exciting chapter of his life turned out to be. (The exciting six-episode TV series he's written and is currently funding at LAFights.com.)
Nigel in his wrestling days: photo Lee South

Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
I'd always wanted to live here but never thought I could afford to. Funding the documentary on Kickstarter allowed me to take the jump and I discovered I actually couldn't have afforded not to.
What one thing do you miss from home?My Mum and Dad. Awwww. Shit, that's two.
What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus Tampa/Staplehurst?A variety of things to do / median age range (Tampa.) The color of people's teeth, other than that's it's near identical. (Staplehurst.)


Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?Priscilla's Coffee in Toluca Lake. Tito's Tacos in Culver City. No so hidden, but gem-like nonetheless.

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ?
Like I learned in Scouts - be prepared. If you have neither a lot of money or friends here get good at making either, but preferably both, or be prepared to steal or beg.


If your life was a TV show what song would be the theme tune ?
Why Does It Always Rain On Me? - Travis.



Lastly , how can we find out more about you ? Are you on the Internet ?
Twitter @McGuinnessNigel
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nigel.mcguinness.7
NigelWrestling.com where you can see my documentary and read my blog. LAFights.com where you can hear more about the TV show and get on board.


See Nigel in action below!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Weekly Horoscope from Anne Shaw


Stargazing with Annie Shaw


1/10/15

ARIES
Please keep a low profile this month as the planets are preparing to move forward swiftly .They will start benefiting you in February and so best thing all round is to not begin any thing you cannot finish before end of this month.

TAURUS
What a change in pace you are due for and in order to prepare for this
second wind you have to clear all unfinished tasks to make space for the new.
By the end of this month you will be able to chill out a little.

GEM
Time to plan a trip long or several shorter ones .As all of this is happening in the first part of the week make a space for catching up. Mercury your boss moving backwards will bring up any unfinished business.

CAN
To not bend in the wind  when its stormy can damage the tree and since you are not  remotely like the tree  you will be in worse shape if you are not pliant in some emotional situation you are dragging along behind!

LEO.
Mars the fire planet in Aquarius will bring a situation to a head in your life possibly
in any financial area in your life or of those close to you. The good news is if you 
take control now you will be in good shape by February.

VIR
Any frustrations you have in any area of life most likely the work arena will not 
get better by taking your frustrations out on others around you .It is always best to treat others as you would wanted to be treated yourself. 

LIB
You are ready to for a very new and healthier life style and it’s right on  
time for the New Year. Once you can decide what your plan of action is the hardest part is to not procrastinate. The outcome will be especially beneficial if you follow through

SCOR
Life is slowly but surely becoming more settled than for some months past overall. .Life will be even better when you take care of what is not completed. You can then expect long awaited plans on hold for you to blossom before the end of the month.

SAG
Your boss Jupiter is sitting in Leo sleeping and as he likes being busy this means for you that things you want to finish up with will take longer than you want .The good news is 
 that it will get done by the end of the month you will be busier and more active than for the last six months.

CAP
The sun in your sign brings more action for your attention this weekend and can assist you to get the job done. This month is a great opportunity to look at what you want for the coming year .Pluto living with you is still digging up the path to changes .It is worth following his lead. Happy Birthday!

AQU
 You are probably feeling like a break away so even its time in the garden or walk on the beach it will work. This is not the time to neglect your duty or work; however next week will be better. Mars is visiting you so he will light life up soon.

PISC
In order to experience happier days its time to be honest about any feelings that are much on your mind and then let others know what on your mind. If you learn to live in the moment things will work out so much better. 


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

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

MEET A MEMBER - MICHAEL D. FINLEY

Meet Michael D. Finley from Chicago, IL who moved to LA to act, produce, and live




Happy New Year! ...This is my first warm winter ever and I think I can get used to it…I grew up in Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago, studied Theatre, Film, and Anthropology at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and after earning my Bachelor of Arts I lived in Chicago for eight months while performing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Four months ago, I fulfilled part of the goal I’ve had since age 14 by moving to Los Angeles, and now I’m in pursuit of the second part of the goal: making a career out of acting in television, film, and on stage. You can catch me at the end of February in my first episodic costar role as “Riley” on ABC’s The Middle (ep. 613)!

How did you hear about Brits in LA?
I learned of Brits in LA a little over four years ago after meeting Craig on set of the independent feature, Return To The Hiding Place (set to release in the near future after making a hugely successful festival circuit), of which Craig stars and I have a supporting role in. Craig and I became fast friends, and while I was in the middle of my undergraduate training I spent a summer in LA interning for Brits in LA. Now I’m a member for life…and an honorary Brit, right? 

Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
I suppose many: 1) I’ve always wanted to live a part of my life away from the place I grew up, especially after spending my first 22 years in the same 30 mile radius; 2) Although my passion for acting started from a young age it didn’t stem from my family being a theater-going family, so Broadway and New York City weren’t ever first on my list - my family loves seeing movies together…so I figured I’d move to where that industry was; and 3) The weather and geography of Los Angeles and California beat Chicago’s hands down - and I love outdoorsy activities like skiing, hiking, and rock climbing.

What’s one thing you miss from home?
From my childhood home, free food and rent ;) But actually, my friends in the city!

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus Chicago?
So far, I’d have to say that the accessibility of public transportation and general size and layout of the two cities is what has made my experience differ most so far. Los Angeles feels far vaster due to the amount of time spent in your car traffic. This has made it difficult for me to figure out where “my spots” (restaurants, parks, bars, clubs) are as quickly and while Uber is a godsend, being responsible on a night out still doesn’t come cheap.

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
As I said before, I think it may take me some time to find the hidden gems. But two of my favorite places to visit when I’m in their area are:
1) Rockreation (http://rockreation-la.com/)- a climbing gym tucked away near Bundy and Olympic in West LA where I became a member. Climbings my favorite way to get a work out and have fun at the same time. I’m always making new climbing buddies.
2) TGS (Tortoise General Store) on Abbott Kinney. Every-day use products such as housewear, kitchenwear, stationery, books, something for kids and camping etc. All Japan related. 

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? 
Give yourself time to make Los Angeles your home, but that being said, get out there and undertake the trips to DO THINGS to make it your home. There seems to be more and more I’m discovering that the city offers for its inhabitants if you just do the research or have a well connected friend. Not everything is exclusive to those with the funds…just keep digging.

How can we find out more about you on the Internet ?  
Instagram: @dmarcs22

Monday, December 29, 2014

MEET A BRITS IN LA MEMBER - CATHERINE LYN SCOTT

This week’s Meet a Member is Catherine Lyn Scott who lives between LA and London. 

As I am a publicist and a director at London Flair PR, we have offices in London and LA, so I spend my time between both amazing cities. I first moved to LA 12 years ago after a background in corporate PR and acting, I retrained at UCLA as an entertainment publicist before setting up the company.  I am lucky enough to enjoy London’s culture and the beautiful sunshine in Southern California. 

How would you describe LA to those who haven’t visited yet? LA is a fun and beautiful city, it is great to visit, live and perfect for those in the entertainment industry. Brits in LA are a great part of my wonderful LA experience, they have enabled me to live in the city of Angels without losing my culture and British identity. I love to join the Brits Breakfast to catch up with people and meet new friends as well as network, this weekly meet is great for people who live in LA and those who are just visiting. 

Do you think you could ever see yourself moving to LA full time, if not tell us what keeps you in London? After living in LA solidly for 10 years, I am loving spending time in both cities. 
I love the vibrance of London, the pubs and culture and I love the glamour of Los Angeles, waking up every day to the sunshine and seeing stunning palm trees dotted around the landscape.

   
Do you have a hidden gem in LA? Absolutely, La Descarga is a beautifully designed bar by the Houston brothers, you step into a time warp, back into old world Cuba through wardrobe and it really has an unusual and special feel. 

Why would you recommend other overseas readers joining Brits in LA? Certainly, Brits in LA really make me feel at home living in LA.  They hold one of a kind events like The Toscars, an award ceremony which parodies Oscar nominated films and members can participate by attending the ceremony or taking part in making the films.  They have a diverse membership, not just Brits and it is a great way to make lifelong friends in the beautiful city of LA.   

How can we find you on the Internet ?
Twitter: @londonflairpr
Facebook: londonflairpr


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A New Year a New You - Body Possible


Post Holiday weight gain? No problem, a New Year a New You


Didn't follow the Christmas survival guide? It's alright I have the solution.
So it’s that time of year when we all make resolutions to make ourselves and this new year better than the one before. The holidays are fun but can leave us with an expanded waistline so here are 10 healthy tips to help drop the holiday weight fast. If you only follow a minimum of 4 out of 10 I guarantee you will see an improvement, follow all 10 and the skies the limit.

1. Make fitness a priority. I like to remind people that food is only one part of the equation that determines whether you'll lose or gain weight. Fitness is just as important. Post New Year If anything, you should be trying to work out more than before to curb weight gain and extra eating. One new years resolution we should all keep is lets work out more this year than last to not only lose any extra pounds but to remain fit and healthy.

2. Find a workout you enjoy. There are so many ways of attacking your body and losing the holiday weight there really is no need to just sit on an exercise bike or hit the treadmill. How about the best fat burner known to man HIIT or perhaps you like pushing weights, Zumba, Crossfit or something else. The important thing is to MAKE IT FUN so that you look forward to each workout as opposed to loathing it. Maybe even hire a trainer to learn good form and maximize your efforts even if only for a short time to devise a program for you and make sure you’re on the right track.

3. Reduce your calorie intake. On the first day of 2014(or maybe the second), take all the sweet and fattening treats left in your house and simply throw them out. If you normally eat fatty and sugary foods, reduce your sugar intake quickly by drinking water and tea instead of soda and fruit juice. Immediately after the holidays, replace candy, pastries, processed foods and desserts with fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and salads.

4. Keep track of everything you eat. Even if only for the first week of the New Year to set a base line. It’s proven that people who keep food journals are 3 x times likelier to stick to a healthy eating regime. Write down your food intake in a notebook or use your smart device to take pictures or keep video and audio journals of what you eat. Being aware of what you eat can serve as an effective reminder of which foods to avoid as you work on dropping holiday pounds.

5. Stay hydrated. It’s easy to mistake thirst for hunger, so try drinking a glass of water instead of eating when you feel hungry. Water is essential for the body to run efficiently, makes you feel better and keeps you sharp and alert. Try to avoid caffeine by substituting coffee and black tea for herbal alternatives. The calories come from milk and sugar when added to both teas and coffees. If caffeine is a must, switch latte’s and cappuccinos for espresso or filter coffee.

6. Schedule your workout like an appointment. You wouldn't miss work, a doctor's appointment or an important meeting to bake cookies or do some holiday shopping, would you? Add your workouts to your calendar so that other obligations don't get in the way of your gym time. Tell your friend that you'd love to meet him to watch the game but that you won't arrive until after you have done one more rep or extra lap or your trainer lets you out!

7. Maintain your active lifestyle. Remember that "running" errands aren’t the same as running or jumping or climbing. The more activity you can add to your days (in addition to planned fitness) the better off you'll be. Like maybe playing some footie with the kids or walking the family pet. Or maybe try a new hobby like sledding or snowboarding (Big Bear is only up the road), or surfing or kayaking. We live in LA so you can do it all so why not.

8. Keep an emergency snack on hand. Stashing some healthy portable food in your car, purse, and desk drawer can help satisfy your cravings and prevent you from going overboard on all the wrong foods. This is a good idea when you're hungry at work and cookies sound tempting, or when you're shopping late at the mall and hear the food court calling.
 
9. Watch your portions. Especially when eating out. There's nothing wrong with enjoying some decent restaurant food but just make smart choices and keep your portions in check. If presented with a huge meal take home half in a doggie bag, one less meal to prepare tomorrow.

10. Wake up with exercise. People who exercise first thing in the morning are more likely to exercise regularly than those who exercise later in the day. Even if your not a morning person and exerciser now, a.m. workouts might be the best way to squeeze fitness into your days before other things come up. Plus, you’ll kick-start and turbo charge your system for the rest of the day.
I could probably write another 10 but I gotta go work out, drink plenty of water, eat healthy and keep track of it all ha ha. So I’m gonna close by wishing you all a very happy and healthy new year filled with love and laughter. Until next time train hard, train smart, eat clean and get lean. EXCLUSIVE TO BRITS IN LA 40% DISCOUNT NEW YEARS SPECIAL on personal training feel free to contact me on Tel 310 279 8117, email Body Possible or visit Body Possible 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

MEET A MEMBER - MARINA PAGANUCCI

Meet a Member

Meet Marina Paganucci from Buckingham.
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who moved to LA 5 years ago as an Executive Headhunter and now owns her own executive search firm specializing in digital media professionals.

Was there a particular reason you chose LA ? 

I was working for a global search firm at the time in Singapore and they sent me here to start a new digital media division.

What one thing do you miss from home? Country pubs, London, small country villages and Marks & Spencers! (ok, so that’s four)

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK? Where do I start? There is SO much different here from the UK. For starters, even though people think we speak the same language, we don’t.  Getting understood was the biggest challenge when I first got here, and sometimes still is – we have so many words that are so different: trunk v boot, trolley v cart, caster sugar v bakers sugar – I could go on.  Even asking for a ‘bottle of water’ still gets me the blank stare from someone American, something I’ve grown accustomed to!  Also, the sense of humour is so very different. This is why finding the BritsinLA community has been a godsend to me, and I love coming to Tuesday breakfast and all the other events so that I can be with people that I can have a laugh with.  

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us? For sure the BritsinLA community! The other gem is the lovely hiking trails in LA. Most people just see Hollywood, Santa Monica or the bad traffic and don’t realize that just beyond the buildings, there are some amazing hikes in nature that you can go on. Also, discovering all the other ‘villages’ within LA itself like Los Feliz, Pasadena, Hancock Park and places like that. I really do believe that LA is like a cluster of villages that all make up this sprawling city. 

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move 
here ? To join a group like BritsinLA where you’ll get the support and have people to go to with questions. Although I lived in Singapore and Dubai for years as an expat before moving to LA, I can honestly say that I felt more foreign here than in Asia or the Middle East as they had far more British influences than the US.  Ironically, I thought that it would be an easier transition here because we all speak ‘English’ but I found that not to be the case.  I think if I was more aware of the fact that the US really is a foreign country and not at all similar to Britain, I would have been more prepared for it. It’s also important to learn about how different things like healthcare, employment law,etc., are here compared to Britain and to be prepared so that you’re not faced with high unexpected costs,etc. and no knowledge of what to do.