Brits in LA Newsletter, February 14th 2014

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If you are new to LA you maybe interested to know that you don't need an American credit score to buy or lease a car, there is such thing as an Foreign Business Professional Leasing program that both Volkswagen, Santa Monica and Audi Pacific offer,  you need proof of some sort of visa to work in the USA. Email Artem or Jordan at Volkswagen, Santa Monica,  or Evan Bolton at Audi Pacific at  to find out how you can get into a car hassle free - these guys have helped countless Brits in LA members already. 

Plus both dealerships have committed to donating $100 per vehicle leased or sold to 

Editor's Letter

Hi Breeps!
Firstly Happy Valentine's Day
Member Ceri-Bethan Rose made this short PSA about V-day
However not everyone feels love- One of our members Ceri Bethan Rose made this short - check it out! VDAY is a global activists campaign founded by Eve Ensler to end violence towards women and girls. On February 14th, the One Billion Rising movement happens where we call to women and men across the world to raise awareness, spread the word, shake the earth and RISE FOR JUSTICE.

or if you are in the lovey-dovey mood go see
Directed by James Cameron (1997, 194 min)
Los Angeles Theatre

This Valentine’s day set sail with us as we watch Kate and Leo on the the very, very big screen. Sip champagne beneath floating chandeliers, wander through the enormous echoing ballroom, or explore the mirrored ladies powder room and the murals of the children’s nursery. A photo booth downstairs will capture the evening with you and your sweetheart. With four full bars, this screening is 21 and over, fancy dress for women and JACKET AND TIE ARE REQUIRED FOR MEN.
Get tickets here
*Be warned, when American's say 'Fancy Dress' they mean evening attire.
So don't go dressed as Donald Duck!

--- Awards season has finally arrived, We've had the Golden Globes, the Grammy's The SAG awards, The spirit awards are upon us and not to mention The Toscars, Brits in LA's salute to The other awards show with an eerily similar name.  Our event this year is presented by Jaguar, who are no strangers to having quite a bit of fun themselves this year. You may remember their wickedly wry effective commercial spot  at this Super Bowl, starring our own Sir Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong and Tom Hiddleston

I think one of the reasons The Toscars has grown over the years is due to time, effort and talent the participants put in each year. The rules are in place and it's a tight deadline, but I'm so proud of each team leader, Sandro Monetti. Marc Cleary, Laura Harbron, Heath Deatherege, Matt Crabtree, John Mawson, Kerry Marlowe, Ewan Chung and Brian Rodda. - Also the Committee Nadia Wit, Marina Paganucci, Amy Chaffee, Ben Stanley and Oskar Rodriguez. Who are working tirelessly to bring this event together. Also want to say thank you to our volunteers for the night - if you are interested in also volunteering please send me an email at
I also want to be clear that we aren't poking fun of the other AWARDS shows - We are merely tipping our hat off to them in a tongue and cheek manner. 
Think of the old French and Saunders Parodies, or the SNL's skits. and you'll be on the right track. 

This year's event is being hosted by Alex Newell from GLEE fame and he's got some great tricks up his sleeve. 

We had a few exciting additions to the teams; this year and have lined up some fantastic celebrity judges for the night and it all benefits the charity UKares. (

The very beautiful and talented actress Tehmina Sunny (see below) who is our member of the week, also happens to be this year's Little Miss Toscars, she will be helping Alex hand out the awards and escorting our presenters and winners to the stage.

 So the event is Wednesday Feb 26 A the world Famous Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood TICKETS  are on sale now here....$100 for VIP and screening only tickets are $35 and available here:- We have some amazing judges lined up for you so keep checking the Toscars Facebook and follow us on Twitter to find out more and keep updated with news as it unfolds. 

Thank you also to Beltran Brito, Geek Eyewear, Pollution Studios and The Camera House for their kind sponsorships

We still have some sponsorship opportunities available, contact either me or Craig, at for more information.
The camera house for all you camera needs. 

Don't forget to check out all our pages on Facebook

Cheers Craig


Business Development / Researchers ( Southbay)

Locally based business is currently seeking part time research associates to cultivate business for executive search firm. This position will require strong phone skills and includes mostly outbound calls. Candidates must have a British, Irish or Australian accent and have strong communications skills, capable of making 75 outbound calls a day. Flexible hours, 5 days a week. 

This is a performance-based position. The position offers a base pay of $15.00 per hour plus bonuses. The right candidate can increase their income substantially. This is a part-time position, which could become full-time based on performance. Candidates must meet monthly performance goals, as a condition of continued employment. Must have strong computer skills and an ability to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Position start date is: March 2014
Please send resumes and employment history for review to or call 424 400 7505


Casting for Brits in LA!!! - 

Date: Thurs, Feb 20th, 10am - 6pm

Males and Females, ages 18 - 108 yrs old - all walks of life, all genders, all welcome. 

Looking for anyone who can do AMAZING impressions of a celebrity, music artist, famous icon (dead or alive), political figure, anyone relevant in pop culture. Needs to be well known globally. 

Can go alone or in a group. Bring any and all props to the casting. Please submit any head shots and youtube clips / online material.

After we review your email, we will contact you with an address and call time.



Shared Insight is looking for an ambitious telesales professional with their sights set firmly on a successful career in business development.
Based in Manhattan Beach, we are a small, but expanding company which offers a range of innovative solutions to clients in the retail, leisure, food & beverage, hospitality and wellness sectors.

Location: Manhattan Beach
Compensation: Base $25,000 OTE of $40,000 + pa
Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
Do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers
Please send all applications to


Need a car for a month or longer? don't wanna pay the big brand car-rental
prices?If all you need is a runaround to get from A to B you should call
Zoe at Express Rent-a-Car*
They have short or long term car renting (she occasionally sells used cars too) 
7007 Canby Ave Reseda CA 91335 818-668-3052 Hours 9-5  M-F 
and Sat by appointment after hours service 818-429-7073   
Or email her
Rates starting at $16.95 p/day Inc Taxes....
She has helped many Brits in LA members
Also now doing airport transfers for $60**
*These cars are not brand new luxury vehicles
**Rates may vary depending on distance




Adam Beach as already helped countless Brits in LA members get affordable insurance and whether you are for it or not, come January every US resident must carry insurance or they will have to pay a large penalty at the end of the year. 
To find out more information you can reach him on 
310 414 2100 or email him at 
He also can help with travel insurance, 
including those of you who are not residents here.  


We are constantly updating our Brits Gigging in LA page  .


Read his latest installment here! 
Steve Sidelnyk plays drums when he is not watching the football!
Studio Fred is now open!
VOCAL STUDIO in the Hollywood Hills (near Studio City/Universal City)
Available for voice over & vocal/guitar/keyboard tracking (anything but drums)
$350 (day rate)  
Please Contact Gayle:

*now accepting credit cards*

One of the most common questions we get asked is 
for shipping company recommendations. 
We have heard great things from a lot of you about these guys UPAKWESHIP. 
Visit their website here 


At the Pikey on Sunset Blvd at Stanley.
They are giving 25% off entire bill for Key Members only must
show Brits in LA key fob for you and 1 guest only.
Free Range Local Organic Produce.
First Sunday of every month - although they serve this yummy menu every week.
Click here for all the details

Every Tuesday Morning, rain or shine
Eileen & Craig enjoying a cuppa at Cecconi's:
photo credit: Dawn Bowery Photography
from her upcoming book on Brits in LA

Brits in LA Breakfast Club
Every Tuesday RSVP HERE
$15 inc Tax and Tip* Breakfast Club sponsored by NextStopLAX
$18 for English Breakfast and free valet parking!

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Pub Quiz at the Pikey!
Tuesday, February 18th

photo credit: Eileen Lee

Our pub quiz at The Pikey is growing every week, 
so if you think you have what it takes to come join us on a Tuesday night. 
Not all questions are based on British knowledge, in fact it pays to have a couple of non-Brits on your team! Make sure to arrive by 7.30 to grab a table. 
Lots of prizes to be won.


Hubber can help you do it safely and legally!
They take care of the insurance plus you get a free car wash
and don't have to pay for parking either!
If you are looking to rent a car make sure to mention you are a 
Brits in LA member, as they are offering a discount for you too! 
Check our Facebook group for details.
Call Paul if you have any questions (855) 482-2371 ext. 120
or email him here

Read more about
 Tehmina Sunny 
from London, living in LA 6 years

(Now, we live in LA!!!)

We are always being asked about good dentists and I 'd like to introduce you to  Dr. Nicolas A. Ravon and Dr. Kimberley Knopf.
Who are offering  Special Offers exclusively for Brits in LA Members!

At-Home Bleaching with Custom trays and 2 tubes Bleaching product $99
Dental Prophy and Bite-wing check-up x-rays and comprehensive Exam $99
Invisalign $3900 
(must be free of active decay and infection), 
case must be approved by treating doctor.
All of these deals are applicable to insurance patients.
Click here to visit their website and book an appointment.
Or if your preferred method of contact is the telephone, you can also reach their office by calling 310-275-5325



Buy tickets here
  JAN 17 - FEB 23
$10 Discount to all Brits in LA and there are talk backs after each show with special guests. Click here: Jane Lynch, Rainn Wilson, Dan Savage & More Set for 'THE GOSPEL' Talk-Backs at Noho ACE
The Churchill are hosting an english night on Thursdays - Brits in LA Key Members get 10% off entire bill for you and a guest

Starring members Mina Badie and Jamie Donovan

She has a lot of shows coming up over the next few weeks so bound to be one that fits your schedule!

Watch Your Mouth: Stories of Self Esteem 

February 20
Hudson Theater Comedy Central Stage
6539 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood 90038 8 PM
February 21
Watch Your Mouth: Stories of Self Esteem
Holy Spirit, 3711 Evans St. Silverlake, 90027
March 4
Word Salad "Celebrity Encounters"
The Talking Stick, Lincoln Blvd Venice, CA 7:30 PM


Britweek & The LA Opera 

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Thinking of moving to L.A. and need a visa or a green card?

Gil Brito of Beltran Brito has helped over 100's of Brits obtain visas into the 
USA call or email him today to find out if he can help you. or call on 305-860-4050 for a free consultation.

Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many Brits in LA members with the immigration process and has a high success rate. He has helped many BRITS IN LA members through the citizenship application too and is very experienced and thorough. You can reach him on 
818 981 0352 or check out his website at or Email him at

Try and join us for our weekly Twitter chat along with BBCAmerica's Mind the Gap and Virgin Atlantic. We have now moved to Wednesdays at 11 am PST. You can find us by clicking on this hashtag #mindthechat

Contact Evan Bolton if you are interested in leasing or purchasing a vehicle from Audi Pacific . 
For those of you with no established credit, make sure to mention you are interested in the 
Foreign Business Professional Leasing Plan
Do You Wanna Get Fit ? - Less Time, More Results!
Ever considered working out with a world class personal trainer? Want to burn body fat fast with High Intensity Interval Training? Build muscle or add greater definition, have fun and learn martial arts and / or boxing along the way? 
JC says "I have many secrets tips and cheats to get you to your perfect body goal FAST! Be it a target body weight, specific muscle tone, or just that nice athletic or perfect body as you imagine it to be. In home or on location with all equipment provided. Rates $75 - $100 per session 

JC is a certified Fitness Expert with Body, Your Design Personal Training and contributor to Brits in LA, read his latest Fitness tips and advice here 

The Toscars Team Leaders Laura Harbron (Team Dallas Biters Club) & John Mawson (Knobraska) were on Timothy Spangler's show The Bigger Picture this week! 
Click below to listen 
As were Scott kaske, Ewan Chung (From 12 days a stripper) and Belinda Gosbee (from Fox of Wolf St.
were all guests on The Sheena metal Experience on LA TALK Radio this week
Coming up!

Catch Sandro Monetti (British Hustle), Laura Beth Hill (Cavity), Burgandi Phoenix (Pheelaweena) and Nadia Wit (Terminate her)
This Saturday at 2pm

Our good friend and former Toscar participant
 Dawn O'Porter is up for Children's book prize

Check out our Intern Sophie & Sarah's event
( We think you might like!)


West Coast Premiere
(UK/Narrative Feature/85min)
Dir: Charlie Cattrall
A modern-day story of a displaced African-American jazz musician trying to come to terms with his troubled past. Audience Award, Dinard FF.

Fri, Feb 7@10:05p; Thu, Feb 13@10:30p; Mon, Feb 17@1:40p


Los Angeles Premiere
(Nigeria/UK/Narrative Short/10min) 
Dir: Sunny King
Two days before Lola's wedding, Sandra, her maid-of-honor, discovers a secret that could jeopardize the relationship between her best friend and her groom-to-be. Best LGBT Short Film, London Independent FF; Best Short Movie, Nollywood Movie Awards 2013.
Sat, Feb 15@9:50p; Mon, Feb 17@8:20p
(Part of the LGBT Shorts Series)

(UK/Narrative Short/55min)
Dir: Anthony Harvey
A scathingly dramatic high point in the black theatre movement, this stark cinematic adaptation of Imamu Amiri Baraka's play mirrors the difficulties of life for the African American male through the clash between a white woman and a black man sharing a subway car in NYC. Stars Shirley Knight and Al Freeman, Jr.
Mon, Feb 17@4:05pm

British Movies Playing in LA
An exciting new release from Cinedigm called A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING starring Simon Pegg in select theaters Feb 7th. It’s a comedic story about Jack, a children’s author turned crime novelist, whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by an irrational fear of being murdered.

Noel Coward's "Brief Encounter" 

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Art


Runs until March 5th 
Buy tickets here


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Yogaworks HAS opened in Hollywood
Great deal from Yogaworks for Brits in LA members
$100 sign up fee waived plus one free weeks trial ! If you choose to continue after your 1 free week you will get a discount on the monthly fee. Prices vary from location to location but will be about $15 off
 (except Santa Monica locations and Studio City, at this time) 
Visit their website to find a location near you. And don't forget to print off this flyer to get this fab deal!

Where to watch?!

The following pubs usually show the games.
Call in advance to confirm. 
Cock 'n Bull - Santa Monica (310) 399-9696
Fox & Hound - Studio City (818) 763-7837
The Kings Head - Studio City (818) 990-9055
Ye Olde Kings Head - Santa Monica (310) 451-1402
Rock and Reilly's  - West Hollywood (310) 360-1400
Village Idiot - Hollywood (323) 655-3331
White Harte- Woodland Hills (818) 224-3822

 The Patriates FC
Made up of Brits in LA members!
Don't forget to like LA Premier League on Facebook
and click here for their match schedule. 

Anyone for Netball?
Such a great group of Ladies. 
All ages welcome as long as you can run around for an hour straight!
If you fancy joining in the fun you can either join their Facebook group 


Book a session ASAP as he will fill up during the upcoming pilot season!
"I have used Paul many times, he has a magical way of helping me see the role clearer, 
and stops me from standing in my own way" - Craig Young, NCIS:LA, Hawaii 5.0, Fringe
1st Session is Free!

As a producer / agent in the UK, Paul Duddridge represented some of the biggest names in entertainment. Michael Mcintyre, Rob Brydon etc. He is now one of the most sought after acting coaches in Los Angeles with a reputation for turning around careers.
He helps numerous actors, comedians, directors etc with acting, coaching and visas.
contact or
First consultation is free. Mention BRITSINLA for a 25% discount. visit

Don't get frazzled with your bookkeeping have a 
pro do it for you.

Lisa has helped many Brits in LA members with their book keeping needs 

Weekly Stars by Anne Shaw

email Anne at 
call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
She does tarot and astrology!
She is offering the following discounts
Brits in LA members $85
Brits in LA Key Members $75
also message her for details about high tea & a reading 
at  Ye Olde Kings Head in Santa Monica

Impulsive is your middle name sometimes and you must be aware of this tendency which will be visible for the next three weeks. This week ahead is the time to be low key in any area of life .Your boss Mars is sitting still for a few weeks.

You need to look long and hard this week ahead at where you are heading, perhaps you need a little help in this direction. The good news comes next week and Venus your boss will help you with this.

What can you achieve this week is up to how willing you are to make the right moves. Holding back for the right time is wasting time and you can be sure with your boss Mercury going backwards it will bite you in a painful place.

It a month of makeover either you or your home or if you can afford it both. Either way get moving as it’s the right time to let the winds of change move along with your help. You will get a boost of sorts later in the week.

As this month begins you could find your self stretched beyond your limits maybe
in a couple of areas of life one is work or the lack of cash flow. It’s going to get easier before the months end so keep calm.

Any task you take on will be difficult at first to deal with and as this will last until the end of this month make allowances for this. Your priority now to stay calm and take as many breaks as possible.


Mars the war planet visiting you for a few weeks will bring up past unfinished business and people you have not seen for a while. Keep cool and let others come to you for what ever reasons for a change.

Saturn in your life now will bring rewards and it will have been well deserved in the end .You will likely be feeling more lay back and not wanting to deal with stress ,even while you are working hard at what ever you should be . 

Your boss Jupiter is resting in a watery place now and can bring up long forgotten feelings .Rest assured if they are there its best to deal with them in a timely manner
Or they will pop back up again.

Your current situation is getting more attention either by you or others involved in your life. You are a private person and do not like others intruding, however in order to achieve a positive way of life let someone assist you in your current endeavors. 

.How you handle a situation in your personal life this coming week which starts your new year is crucial to the long term out look. If you are in doubt hold off but don’t procrastinate forever. Either way have a Happy Birthday.

Life is to be enjoyed so go for it and know that what is for you will never pass you by
You should consider an extra special celebration for your birthday and if you have to plan it yourself so be it .Happy Birthday.

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