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MEET A MEMBER - RICHARD BENCE

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Meet Richard Bence from London who moved to LA a year ago to pursue journalism

Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
That LA is having a 'moment' is well documented, but I didn’t really know what to expect; it was more of a hunch, an innate calling. There is such an amazing and inspiring mix of people here from the worlds of art, film, technology, music, architecture, fashion and food, all doing interesting things. It just made sense, professionally speaking, for me to plant myself here at the epicenter of this creative explosion, rather than New York. Turns out I chose exactly the right spot. 

What do you miss most from home?
I think it’s the reassuring sensibleness of everything at home. Here things can go to DEFCON 1 very quickly. Maybe being bundled together on a small island has required us to work stuff out without too much fuss, or perhaps we’ve just had more time to learn the art of compromise. America was born out of revolution, so it makes sense that things get so…

Craig and Hillary Clinton

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You might love this picture or you might hate it, but I was very honored to meet former First Lady, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now running for the nomination to be the candidate for the Democratic Party in hopes of being for the first female president of this great country.    In my research I found that she was far from a passive First Lady. During her husband’s tenure in the White House, she worked tirelessly to get things done including, in her first major policy initiative, spearheading the Clinton health care plan of 1993, which failed to reach a vote in Congress. In 1997 and 1999, she played a leading role in advocating the creation of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Foster Care Independence Act. Her work is never stopped. Please allow me to share a personal story. While sharing a tiny flat in west Kensington a friend and I were upset about the violence in Northern Ireland at the time. We were especially conce…

MEET A MEMBER - PAUL KOWALSKI

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Meet a Member: Paul Kowalski·
Meet Paul Kowalski from London, who moved to LA three years ago to pursue a career in film directing. Was there a particular reason you chose LA? I am a writer and film director, and three years ago was invited to study on scholarship as a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute (AFI). The offer was hard to pass up. The city’s film scope and community is second-to-none. I’m currently in LA developing several feature films. Also, my producing partner who I met at AFI, Christina Dow of Solo Five Productions, lives in Venice, so we are conveniently close. What do you miss most from home? Besides my family, I miss London’s culture, history, diversity, and – I can’t believe I’m saying this – the public transport! London is one of the few cities in the world where you can constantly reinvent yourself. That Samuel Johnson quote is true: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” I miss the small things, too: kicking a ball about in Regent’s Park …