Monday, March 7, 2011

March 6th 2011 Newsletter



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Hi Breeps!

 So LA's fifth season, (The Awards season) has finally come to an end and we can start getting on with Spring. Congratulations to the British Film 'The King's Speech' for sweeping up. I was fortunate enough to attend Elton John's Oscar Party at the Pacific Design Center to watch a live broadcast. The event was amazing, decked out all in Gold this year. We were seated with Lorraine Bracco and Taye Diggs, and right behind me was the one and only Katie Price (I'll stop there!) Anyway After the awards ended one of my favorite bands of the moment, Florence and the Machine performed a number of songs, Elton joined Florence for a duet of 'You Got The Love.' and 'Tiny Dancer' these were real crowd-pleasers.  The after party was in full swing and I got to hold an actual Gold member.
Yes, I'm drunk. But I'm happy. 'From Toscar to Oscar'
Thanks to Robert Stromberg, the winner of art Direction for 'Alice in Wonderland' for letting me steal his award for a moment. But alas I know have a new pic for my vision board. The event raised $4 million. So with Oscar on our my mind and the play 'Me, as a Penguin' coming to a close.
Brits in LA members L-R Shayne, Lorraine, Tanya, Martin, (me), Herb and Mark in attendance of my last show.



So, I thought this week would be a good time to answer a question I get a lot from those newcomers that are Actors.

Q. I want to give acting a go in Los Angeles, But where do I start?
a) Come out and visit several times, make sure LA is for you. So many actors sell up, come out, and leave everything behind in the hopes that they are going to get noticed on the streets in Beverly Hills. The truth is so many land here and  they struggle, they can't get around, they don't know where to meet agents or managers. they can't get a proper job. They live in the wrong neighborhood. All this can be resolved by making several visits.
b)First of make sure you have the right papers. Moving here on a tourist visa is the wrong way to do it, speak to one of recommended lawyers below to find out realistically the likelihood of you getting an 01-visa. (don't audition on a tourist visa - (So many studios require their casting directors to make sure actors have the right work visas - There's nothing worse for you than booking a job, to later be told you can't do it - It not only upsets you, but the casting director too. (don't waste time)
c)Look around and perhaps ask people at Breakfast club, where's the best area to stay in. rent, buy before hand? so many stories of people paying cheap rent but they are staying in Long Beach with no car. Trust me it's all about Location. Things are very spread out here.
d)Plan ahead, ask your agent in London to set up meetings for you from London with agents and managers here. Much easier than getting here and shooting from the hip. Make sure every day you are taking meetings, pushing forward. Don't waste your time.
e) Have a strong demo reel - hard copy and online
f)  Head shots, these are your calling cards to getting in the room - Head shots tend to be a little different in LA. It's best to get someone here to take them. Ask to see the photographer's book or website before signing on.
g) Get in a good class (be as prepared as you can be)
h) Dialect lessons - You may think you have a good American accent. But from where? Wisconsin? New York? The south? Don't bluff it - There are some great dialect coaches here. May cost a bit. but it's worth it, trust me. see a recommendation of mine below.
i) Save up your money -on an 01 visa all you can do is act - No bartending, waiting tables to see you through. - You need a green card or an American Passport for that.
j) Rent a car- Public transport in LA is not as good as London and the Metro (tube) only goes so far.

That's all I can think of now if you have any further questions email me at craig@britsin.la - I've listed some tried and tested folk below - So check out there work!


Happy Birthday Shoutouts to Brits in LA members  for this week - Mitch Bechard. Hannah Taylor Gordon,. Amos Pizzey, Davinia Greco,   Gavin Quirk,  Ellie Genower, Tamara-Lee Notcutt, My Mum, ( kay Yates) Erin Goodsell, Zora Majomi Gorman, Reg B, Gwendolyn de Groot, Sarah Lawes,


Lat week I also had my interview to become an American Citizen. The fantastically British Immigration Lawyer Bernie Sidman (see below) The nervous experience was sweetened by having Bernie there with me, I must admit. But i did have a brain fart on one question - So thought it might be fun to to run a competition, the first two people to answer this question correctly will receive two free tickets to see the new British Film film "FORGET ME NOT" which premieres in Los Angeles on March 4, for a special one week theatrical engagement at the Culver Plaza Theatres. 

HOW MANY SENATORS ARE THERE IN THE SENATE?
SEND YOUR ANSWERS TO Craig@britsin.la


Love happens. When you least expect it....
The film is directed by Alexander Holt and Lance Roehrig. It stars Tobias Menzies ("Casino Royale"), Genevieve O'Reilly ("The Matrix Reloaded"), and Gemma Jones ("Bridget Jones's Diary"). The Culver Plaza Theatres is located at 9919 Washington Blvd. in the city of Culver City. Showtime information is available at www.culverplazatheatres.com. Official film site: www.forgetmenot-themovie.com

Check out our new youtube page where we will be uploading original content and sharing all our videos with you, right now we have all the nominated Toscar movies http://www.youtube.com/user/BritsInLA?feature=mhum

The British Council LA and Skillset invite you to join them on March 7 2011 at a screening of films by some of the most exciting emerging filmmaking talent coming out of the UK, graduates of the Skillset Film Academies:

-          The National Film and Television School: www.nfts.co.uk
-          The London Film School: www.lfs.org.uk
-          Screen Academy Scotland: www.screenacademyscotland.ac.uk
Screening: 5.30pm arrival for 6.00 – 7.30pm screening
Venue: James Bridges Theatre, School of Theatre, Film and Television, UCLA

Reception: 7.30 – 9.00pm
Venue: Lobby, School of Theatre, Film and Television, UCLA

Brits drink abroad -A LOT apparently! - http://britsinla.blogspot.com/2011/03/brits-behaving-badly.html

Want to lose weight - Try this http://britsinla.blogspot.com/2011/03/isogenix-worx-i-kid-you-not.html

BRITISH BREAKFAST CLUB

Our weekly Brit Breakfast Club
Click here for all the info and RSVP - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=171411156239727

Next Event for our westsiders - eventually!!!!Brits in LA present Glenfiddich Whisky Tasting -Wed Mar 16th in Santa Monica Location TBA  - Must RSVP via Email! to eileen@britsin.la - PLease only rsvp if you a definitely attending as our spaces are very limited this time.
The event will consist of a tasting then a short talk about what you are drinking . We threw one of these nights last year and it was so much fun!
Glenfiddich will have a tab set up behind the bar so you can then order your favourite tipple. All is complimentary, and food will also be provided!
Click here for fb invite details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=186639328037832

Watch out for SUNDAY ROAST and PUB QUIZ coming this month.

BRIT ENTERTAINMENT
Women dominate the UK top 5 this week with Adele finding herself with two songs. At numero uno, "Someone like you" which has spent 6 weeks in the charts and 'Rolling in the Deep' is at number 4. Jessie James, Rihanna and Lady Ga-Ga - round up the rest.
Adele back at number 1
 1  Adele Someone Like You non-mover | 6 weeks in chart
 2 Jessie J Price Tag (feat. B.o.B) non-mover | 5 weeks in chart
 3 Rihanna S&M (Come On) non-mover | 16 weeks in chart
 4 Lady Gaga Born This Way up 4 | 4 weeks in chart
 5 Adele Rolling In The Deep down 1 | 7 weeks in chart

BRITS TOURING IN LA
March 6, 2011, 8:00 PM

Goldenvoice & Moheak Radio present

Morcheeba

with The Mumlersand Isaac from Pirate Stereo
At The Music Box, Los Angeles, CA
March 11, 2011, 9:00 PM

Goldenvoice presents

Motorhead

with Clutch and Valient Thorr
At Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA


Brits in LA member Mary Passeri is excited to tell you that she booked a 'guest star' role as Sandra the pre-school teacher on the Disney Channel's hit sitcom, Good Luck Charlie. The episode is entitled 'Let's Potty'. Please watch Sunday, March 6th at  8pm/7pm central on the Disney Channel.
This is a funny, family-oriented show with an extremely talented and welcoming cast. It was great fun working with Leigh Allyn-Baker, Eric Allan Kramer and the adorable Mia Talerico!

 Ever thought of studying in the UK?
http://london.usembassy.gov/eca/fulbright2011.html

A few recommendations


Amy Chaffee is one of the world's best Vocal and Dialect coach, from Colin Farrell to Charlie Hunnam
she gets the Brits and gets them booked. - I worked with her this week on a few pilot auditions and she's great. - Contact her at 310 497 4906 or email at Amychaffee@yahoo.com

PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS:
 At reasonable prices. If you are an actor in need of headshots, Richard will shoot them for you and hand you the images. No middle man no printing fees, pick the images you like and go. Will do 5 looks for $150.  He also cut reels for actors, so if you're looking to update send him an E-mail. contact Richard @ richardkeith7df@aol.com

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We work with some of the biggest production companies on Earth, including BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic. We work with the biggest agencies on Earth, including Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, BBDO and Mother. Our recent screen credits include Iron Man 2, Tron and Friends with Benefits. And we’re on TV shows like Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girls, Jay Leno and Outsourced. We make using stock easy and creative. If you’re looking for a difficult to find shot, our researchers help you find it even if it’s owned by another stock house. Further more as a member of Brits in LA you’ll receive a 20% discount off our footage licensing rates. Please contact Jonathan Scott on call 310.994.5331. www.framepool.com


As an agent / producer Paul Duddridge represented some of the biggest names in the UK, he also produced shows for BBC and ITV. His Hollywood clients are actors, directors, writers and producers, all seeking one to one practical guidance on succeeding in entertainment. First consultation is free. www.entertainmentcoach.com


The world famous Weidman Gallery have the largest collection of Poster Art in Los Angeles, including some vintage Rolling Stones, The Beatles, David Bowie, and they are offering 10% off all in house poster art and custom framing to all Brits in LA members!

check out their extensive collection here:- http://www.weidmangallery.com/ Follow them on Twitter too !


WEB U!

Get your website sorted out now! BLA member and website designer Paul Terry is currently working on ours . He has designed a great site for Seal too, so you know you are in good hands. Check out his work. We have found him to be extremely helpful and patient with us. We have skyped quite a few times too. So feel free to contact him with your needs. www.platinumonedesigns.com

STILL TIME TO GET YOUR DISCOUNTS WITH TOP LONDON STYLISTS AND COLOURISTS
Before

After

GALVIN BENJAMIN - Are just getting ready to open their West Coast salon on Melrose Ave, A cross Robertson up the street from Cecconi's. They are still offering BRITS IN LA members 50% off only for a few more days though. To get a quote for colouring, Brazilian blow outs or cuts, please email abi@galvinbenjamin.com. You can either go to their house or they will make a house call! 'Like' their facebook page too, so you can be notified when the salon is opening and get invited! http://on.fb.me/i4XexF

THINKING OF MOVING HERE
Here's a couple of Immigration Lawyers that have helped quite a lot of Brits in LA members.
Ready to work?  We are a specialized immigration and entertainment law firm working extensively with the British community here in the U.S. and back in the U.K. to obtain work visas.  We have a 100% success rate.  We are professional, highly responsive and flexible on payments.  Email joe@joeadamsesq.com  and we would be happy to set up a free consultation.

Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many other Brits in LA with the immigration process and has a high success rate. You can reach him on 818 981 0352 or Email Bernard@bernardsidman.com . Join his facebook page to be kept up to date on the latest immigration laws/news

Gil Brito of Beltran Brito has helped many of our members with the greencard process. He can be reached at gbrito@beltranbrito.com or call 305.860.4050 If you are overseas he can also be reached by Skype gil_r_brito_esq


BANKING NEEDS and QUESTIONS -
Lloyds TSB International – Britain’s most trusted bank – catering to Los Angeles’ expat community for international banking. Our services extend from US Dollar, Sterling, and Euro international current accounts to savings/investment products. Benefits include: free transfers between currencies, preferred exchange rates, and multi-currency debit cards. For more information, please call (213) 443 4096 or e-mail losangeles@lloydstsb-usa.com  mention Brits in LA


LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME? Only 20% down payment required on a $2,500,000 purchase price. Call for details; let us find you a new home within 30 days or less. Claudia Kohn is a British Realtor working with Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills. The combination of low rates, good property values and flexible underwriting makes it a great time for my clients to move up to their dream home.www.claudiakohnproperties.com. She covers all of the Westside from Hollywood to Malibu in PURCHASES, SALES & RENTALS. Please call or email if you have any questions or would just like to discuss your options.” I look forward to hearing from you". 310.859.5341

CLUBS, HOTELS, RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS...
Need to get on THE LIST look no further, fellow Brit Paul Newman  negotiates fantastic prices for all Brits! Please contact Paul if you require VIP tables at any of SBE's venues, Katsuya, XIV, Cleo, Bazaar etc as well as discounted room rates at the SLS and Redbury Hotels and also VIP tables at SBE clubs. Paul also runs his own VIP concierge company and can organise trips to Las Vegas, New York London etc, sourcing, Hotels, Transport/Cars, Entertainment etc. Drop him a line, He can be reached at paulnwm@aol.com or 323 399 9394

HEALTH INSURANCE NEWS
The health care reform bill that President Obama signed states that starting in the month of September; preventative care screenings now have to be covered by health insurance companies. This is great news for health insurance policy holders. Many people had to pay out of pocket before for their preventative care screenings. This measure will help people catch potentially dangerous diseases and illnesses before they become life threatening.
Please click on here to see exactly what services are covered, or please contact Adam Beach for further details on 310 773 7939. http://bit.ly/dVGfO5



Keep checking and posting on the Brits in LA wall. Lots of rooms to let, car rental advice, jobs, etc...

If you want any info included in next weeks newsletter, email us @ BritsinLA@gmail.com
See you all at Breakfast Club on Tuesday!
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Our blog The Anglo Files is updated more regularly than the FB page so keep updated by subscribing!

I see that lots of people have sublets or rooms to rent at the moment check the Brits in LA discussion board and post there if you are looking or have one available. Please remember we can't personally vouch for members so make sure to get references and deposits as you would normally if you were posting somewhere like Gumtree or craigslist!
Cheers
Craig
Ps Thanks again to Walter Tab and faith Boutin-Harrington for all the photos of the Toscars last week.

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