Saturday, February 22, 2014

Brits in LA Newsletter, February 21st 2014




WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
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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 
The UKARES FOUNDATION!

Editor's Letter
Hi Everyone

The Toscars! The Toscars! The Toscars! For the past 3 months that seems to be all we have been talking about! Finally The Toscars are upon us - this time next week the Winners (and Whiners) will be revealed. So much hard work has gone in to creating these 5 minute parodies, that talking about it at every opportunity is the least we can do to show our support. 
Talking of support, we are delighted to have Jaguar USA be part of the Toscars this year - make sure to hop over and follow them on Twitter to keep up with all the latest news. I am very tempted to sign up for their Villains Academy and the chance to be one of the first to test drive the F-Type on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX - a fabulous opportunity to find out if it really is #GoodToBeBad 

This year's event is being hosted by Alex Newell from the tv show GLEE 
If you happen to live out in the San Joaquin Valley go check out One Night Only a show that Alex and a few of his Glee cast mates are in on Saturday night (February 22rd)
photo credit: Guy Ross
artwork: Ben Stanley
As you can see it is not just the films that are parodied but the posters too. I managed to get a sneak peak of the entries this week and I am very very impressed! Our Awards night has gotten so huge that there was no time for me to appear in one of the films, so it is a bittersweet Toscar ceremony for me this year. However, I am extremely proud of all the participants and amazed how the films go up another level of excellence and quality. Which must make it all the more rewarding for the winners of the Golden Fists, knowing that the competition they were up against was pretty stiff?!
This year we have Judges who are experts in their fields (acting, writing, music, directing, editing ) choose the winner of their respective categories and also cast a vote for the best parody.
and it all benefits the charity UKares. (www.ukares.org
The panel are a perfect balance of non-Brits & Brits which really reflects the diversity of Brits in LA
There are still a few tickets available so don't miss out 

This is a great chance to get dressed up in your fancy dress ( !!) and be a part of the 
Hollywood Awards Season - VIP tix includes food and open bar
I highly recommend trying out a Patron Toscarini, one of my favourites!

There is NO Brits in LA Breakfast Club sponsored by Next Stop LAX next Tuesday, as being T'Oscar season all the best restaurants and bars get taken over for private events - Cecconi's is of course number one on every party planners list.
Back to normal the first Tuesday in March -  I know, I can't believe March is less than 2 weeks away either! But at least Breakfast Club conveniently falls on Pancake Day aka Fat Tuesday! 
Which means Cadbury Creme Eggs and Cadbury Mini eggs will be popping up in drugstores and supermarkets near you. 
I picked up my first packet of mini eggs yesterday and they were gone in sixty seconds! Lots of people complain that they don't taste the same as the ones back home - so all you whingers feel free to send them on to me!
If you are looking for work make sure to sign up for our Jobs page -
links and a couple of new listings can be found below

Important Health Insurance reminder!! 
I signed up for a Health Insurance plan with Adam Beach this week which was incredibly easy, as he does all the research then just presents you with the best options for you. I didn't realise until after speaking to him that  the deadline to put your applications through for health insurance (with an April 1 start date) is officially March 15th. 
If you miss this date you will not be able to get health insurance until January 2015!!  So effectively if you do not sign up by that date for some sort of plan then you will be locked out and uninsured for the rest of the year - which could result in a fine !! This is all sound mad to me , Adam Beach can  confirm I got that right. As it really does sound ridiculous to me! 
I would highly recommend contacting Adam to make sure you do not miss this deadline. adam@beachfinancialgroup.com

In other LA news, there is lots of other great stuff going on in and around town. Including a brilliant double header made up of Morrissey and Sir Tom Jones!!! Make sure to scroll down to our events section below to find out which Brits are coming to perform in town and see whom of our Brit in LA members is blowing their own trumpet this week.
If you have something you are dying to share with the group or a shout out to one of your friends
don't hesitate to email us here

SEE YOU AT THE TOSCARS!
Cheers
Eileen 



Thank you also to Beltran Brito, Geek Eyewear, Pollution Studios and The Camera House for their kind sponsorships for The 7th Annual Toscars

www.beltranbrito.com
www.geekeyewear.com
www.pollutionstudios.com
The camera house for all you camera needs. 



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



MEET A MEMBER
Meet Laura Harbron who move to LA 3 1/2 years ago from St Louis, MO
Click here to find out more about her

JOBS

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 apitt@opus-search.com or call 424 400 7505

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TELEMARKETER/BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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 recruit@sharedinsight.com

TO SEE MORE ON THIS POSITION VISIT HERE



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NEED TO RENT AN AFFORDABLE CAR?
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 Expressrentacar4less@yahoo.com
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

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 DO YOU NEED HEALTH INSURANCE? 
DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS MARCH 15TH!!
IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT DID YOU KNOW YOU STILL HAVE TO 
HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE 

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 info@beachfinancialgroup.com 
He also can help with travel insurance, 
including those of you who are not residents here.  





BRITS GIGGING IN LA

March 7 & 8th
We are constantly updating our Brits Gigging in LA page  .

To celebrate the first anniversary of Celebrity Insider Sandro Monetti's top rated* Movie Locations Tour of LA, Brits in LA members and their guests can attend the Sat Feb 22 (2pm) tour at the half price rate of $24.50 by booking at www.tourificescapes.com - while tickets remain - and entering the code sale50 at checkout.
  
Watch KTLA Channel 5's TV news report on the tour here 

STEVE SIDELNYK OUR FOOTBALL BLOGGER IS BACK!

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:  
Gayle@EasyTigerMgt.com

*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 

OUR UPCOMING EVENTS


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.
They serve this yummy menu every week.
Our next official lunch is Sunday March 16th
Click here for all the details

BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB
Next Tuesday postponed due to a private event!
Will resume as normal on March 4th
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
SPONSORED BY NEXT STOP LAX
Every Tuesday RSVP HERE
$15 inc Tax and Tip* Breakfast Club sponsored by NextStopLAX
$18 for English Breakfast and free valet parking!


NextStopLAX is the leading relocation and visa consultancy service 
for entertainment industry professionals transitioning to living and working in the USRelocating Entertainment Professionals.Next Stop LAX. Every day our team of experts assists entertainment professionals from all over the world in making the major transition toward working legally in the USA. We have a proven track record in obtaining visas and helping our clients meet other employment requirements. 

Disclaimer: Next Stop Media’s principal (Mr. Andrew Newton) is a bonded immigration consultant registered with the California Secretary of State, holding Bond Number 61292049. The Company is not a law firm and does not engage in the provision of legal advice. The Company does not guarantee any particular outcome for its clients, including adjudications of visa petitions or the processing time for such petitions. Further terms and conditions, including disclosures required by statute, are set forth on our website and in our client intake forms and engagement letters.

WE WILL BE STARTING A BINGO NIGHT VERY SOON - SO WATCH OUT FOR THAT!!!!

ARE YOU A BRIT OF A BRAINIAC?
Pub Quiz at the Pikey!
Tuesday, February 25th

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.
ALL DETAILS HERE

LOOKING TO RENT OUT YOUR CAR?

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


From the British Consulate General, Los Angeles - DID YOU KNOW?:
· Britons resident overseas must now apply for their passports online via gov.uk website .. as part of worldwide change to passport process .. and the British Consulate says “don’t leave it until the last minute to apply for your passport. You can apply up to nine months in advance and any unexpired time will be added to your new passport” (https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports)

· You can book a same day appointment in the UK for a renewal passport? However if you have lost your passport and go home on an emergency document, it can take a week for an expedited renewal:

You can find your nearest Passport Customer Service Centre.
Your appointment may be up to 2 weeks from the day you book it.

Passport Adviceline
Telephone: 0300 222 0000
Textphone: 0300 222 0222
Text Relay: 18001 0300 222 0000
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 9am to 5:30pm

Please check our website https://www.gov.uk/ for frequently asked questions.


LETS SHOW THE WORLD WE DON'T HAVE BAD TEETH!
(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


MORE MEMBERS NEWS & EVENTS

British singer songwriter, Amanda Campbell and The Strands play Uncabaret Sunday 
8pm, Feb 23rd, featuring stand up with Cheri Oteri from Saturday Night Live
Photo by Mike Todoran
Scottish Songstress Angela McCluskey is back in LA!
Hotel Cafe , March 2nd 
Angela is one of my absolute favourites, not to be missed!
Visit her website here


THE NOHO ARTS CENTER ENSEMBLE,
 INDEPENDENT SHAKESPEARE CO. & EFFICIENCY STUDIOS present A WORLD PREMIERE PLAY!
LAST FEW WEEKS


Buy tickets here
  JAN 17 - FEB 23
   AT THE NOHO ARTS CENTER IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD!
$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




Watch Your Mouth: Stories of Self Esteem 
March 4
Word Salad "Celebrity Encounters"
The Talking Stick, Lincoln Blvd Venice, CA 7:30 PM

BELFRY
AT THE MALIBU PLAYHOUSE

Britweek & The LA Opera 
present 

Use promo code 23785 for 20% off

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

GIL BRITO of 
BELTRAN BRITO IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY'S
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.
 gbrito@beltranbrito.com or call on 305-860-4050 for a free consultation.
or
BERNARD SIDMAN IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM

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 www.bernardsidman.com or Email him at bernard@bernardsidman.com


#Mindthechat
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 

BLOW YOUR OWN TRUMPET!
In this area we encourage members to blow their own trumpets 
and give themselves a pat on the back! If you have an achievement you are proud of and would like to share with Brits in LA - email us here to blow your own trumpet!


Congratulations to Bella who has launched a cooking show!
Like her on Facebook to get her amazingly indulgent recipes 
that happen to be pretty healthy too! LIKE HERE


OTHER EVENTS
( We think you might like!)

Memorabilia of Princess Diana and the Royal Family 
on The Queen Mary
Get discounted tickets through GOLDSTAR
For only $14! Runs through to April 30

Noel Coward's "Brief Encounter" 

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Art

Brief-encounter-9201
Runs until March 5th 
Buy tickets here
20% with code BRIT20

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FITNESS AND SPORTS



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!

PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON 
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 


ACTING CAREER COACH

Book a session ASAP as he will fill up during the upcoming pilot season!
PAUL DUDDRIDGE
"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 http://www.entertainmentcoach.com or paul@entertainmentcoach.com
First consultation is free. Mention BRITSINLA for a 25% discount. visit www.acting.fm


FINANCES
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 shawcastar@aol.com 
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


ARIES.

Your ruler Mars moving slowly backwards  this next few weeks in Libra may dampen your ambition to start any thing new, how ever it requesting you to discard any thing not working.

TAURUS
You should feel like you need get moving and get ready for the spring season. Its possible you are not in the mood, however you will have lots of energy while your boss Venus in Aquarius if you don’t.

GEM
What you could achieve this week is up to how willing you are to make the right connections. Holding on to what has obviously not worked is a good start, being honest and upfront some times at work is important.

CAN
If you continue to hold on to grudges you will be on the losing side this week ahead
This is in any situation that will require keeping your temper at all times. Once Jupiter starts his engines soon all is well.

LEO.
The powerhouse planet Mars is in a difficult position for you in that you could clash with others you would not normally clash with. So keep a low profile and remember to think before you speak.

VIR
Any task you take on will be easier to deal with next month and as this will last until the end of spring you will be wise to stay low key. You have been overtaxing your ability to worry over just about any thing

LIB

Travel is much on your mind and since the powerful Mars is sitting still in your life the clue is to make an effort to keep cool  Keep moving gently forward and  finish up any unfinished business 

SCOR
Your powerful boss is going backwards and so life is on a go slow. The good news is that Mercury is moving in a positive way at the end of this month soon will be joined by Jupiter and so your thoughts turn to love and creative matters. 

SAG,
Your boss Jupiter is sitting in Cancer a water sign until mid of this year so be good as he will be watching you and also helping you to proceed in any unfinished business.

CAP.
The Sun in Pisces will assist you to get the job done as this month is a great opportunity to complete an overdue project that has been long neglected it’s probably in your home base.

AQU
 You are probably feeling like a break away so even if you can get out of town take time out. Since this is the beginning of your new year make decisions on how you want to proceed until next birthday


PISC
Jupiter is assisting you all the way through mid year in order to get your life in order and to experience happier days .Change is much on your mind and if you learn to live in the moment things will work out quicker and with less stress.

KATE MOSS IN ALADDIN SANE OUTFIT, ACCEPTING AN AWARD AT THE BRITS ON BEHALF OF DAVID BOWIE (the oldest recipient to ever receive a Brit Award!)




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TOSCARS SEASON

from a fews ago - look how exciting our event is....
Come Join us
feb 26 - TIX HERE







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