Brits in LA Newsletter January 16th

Are you having trouble buying or leasing a car due to non existent credit?  If so you need to talk to Joe Seymour at Mike Sullivan's Volkswagen Santa Monica. They are offering the Brits the Foreign Business Professionals Leasing Plan . All you need is a social security number and a valid visa. Contact Joe on 310 266 8825 or email him at . He is a Brits in LA member and will do his very best for you! This is also a brilliant way to build up your credit score pretty quickly too.

Hi Guys
Hope January is treating you well so far ? Today is my 15 year anniversary of living here! It really has flown by and I am so happy I was brave enough to make the move. To make your move here easier make sure to utilize all our offers and contacts listed in the newsletter below. I truly wish I had this resource when I first arrived back in 1997! 
Our film competition the Toscars will be kicking off next week, so if you feel like joining in make sure to sign up here , we will host team selections at Bar Lubitsch on January 25th. It really is a fantastic way to meet new people as well as work on a great project. Don't forget we have Breakfast Club every Tuesday and Saturday Social every Saturday at Cecconi's in West Hollywood, so pop in and say hi if you can.
If you have been thinking about studying in the UK, click on this link to find out how you can make it happen 
Congratulations to members Emrhys Cooper and Jennifer Leigh Warren for being BroadwayWorld Los Angeles award winners 
Jennifer Leigh Warren
Check out Emrhys in Desperate Housewives

If you have a shout out for the newsletter drop us a line via email

BLAggers 3 – 0 Penmar
Enna, (2)
by Brits in LA Reporter
TRAGEDY ENDED THURSDAY NIGHT’S victory for the Brits In LA soccer team, the BLAggers, over rivals Penmar in the first round of the LA Premier League Cup. The team’s centre-back hero, Nathan Jones, suffered a horrendous broken leg in the second half, causing the game to be abandoned after paramedics treated the Welshman on the field at Crossroads School, Santa Monica. He was expected to undergo surgery this weekend.
BLAggers were three-goals up at half time, following two superb strikes from Luke Enna, and a remarkable finish from Joe Kelly, who turned the Penmar defense inside out before blasting home just before the whistle.
Frustrated Penmar, facing an early exit from the cup, returned to the field with some simply reckless challenges, and several heated exchanges ensued. Having beaten the BLAggers in the last game of the League campaign, it was evident that the Brits had found their official local rivals.
And then Penmar player Shai Natan clattered Nathan Jones with a horror challenge-- a simply X-rated tackle that snapped the defenders’ right leg in half above the ankle. The Penmar player was instantly sent off, and the game called off, as fire and emergency vehicles arrived. BLAggers were awarded the home-win. They face Avanti in the next round, and coach Bob Gibson has said: “Life is more important than what happens on the pitch, but I can assure you for the rest of the cup, and next season, we will play with the same determination Nathan gave to the team. We are a team that is all about sticking together and we wish him a fast recovery.”
BLAggers play League Champions Avanti on Friday night, and your support is always appreciated.

Nathan Jones in action earlier this season
Many congratulations to Brits in LA member, Mario Vernazza, who returns to LA this week after playing to full house signs for the 12 week run of 'Jack & the Beanstalk' pantomime in Rotherham, England. This is the most successful event in the history of Rotherham, so much so, that Mario was giving freedom of the Town. The mayor of Rotherham said "the huge success of Jack & the Beanstalk is down to one man, Mario Vernazza, he made every show feel like Beatlemania, we shall not see his like again. We hope he will have time to visit Rotherham again in the summer, when his full sign bronze stature will be unveiled in the town centre".

The photo (L-R) Mario Vernazza, Bernard Skibben, Marc Conneely was taken before Mario flew to the UK back in Oct 2011.

Wanna job?
We got this message in last week from Alex who is looking for true Brits..."We are looking to hire 9 amazing a fun Brand Ambassadors for a MAJOR BEER brand and need 9 AUTHENTIC BRITISH in 9 markets. Take a read at the requirements and description below:

This position is a 6 month (June -- December) contract opportunity at 40 flexible hours of work per week. The job description is detailed below.
- Drive volume 80% of time in non-better beer accounts
- Support On-Premise Managers in better beer accounts 20% of time
- Focus against volume driving initiatives including use of glassware, sponsorships and promotions
- Educate and train key wholesalers in accelerate markets regarding brand information; heritage, brewing process, tasting notes and quality
- Educate and train wait staff regarding
- Coordinate and schedule all brand trainings in market
- Execute promotions and/or activations as allocated
- Support sales team with activations
- Activity reports and weekly recaps
- Site surveys
- Inventory management for training materials

- Beverage industry experience preferred
- Previous promotional and/or marketing experience preferred
- Experience conducting trainings in a large group format
- Restaurant or bartending experience
- Previous account relations
- Must be 21+ years old (21-35 preferred)
- Must have authentic English accent
- Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Highly organized with ability to manage priorities and multi-task
- Reliable transportation
- Ability to travel both locally, nationally and internationally (if necessary)"

Contact Alex if you fit the bill


Complete Videography Package - There is nothing else you will need for any kind of 
professional or amateur HD video shoot. Sony Z1 HDV Camcorder - Great condition, not a 
scratch. Kit includes 2 X SWIT 8 hour batteries as well as original Sony 3 hour battery and 
Sony AC Adaptor/Charger. Red Eye Wide Angle Lens adapter. RODE NTG-1 Shotgun 
Microphone, 'Dead Cat' Windsock and RODE Boom Stand with 2" & 18" long cables. 
Sennheiser Radio Mic Kit. Manfrotto 503 HDV Tripod. Merlin Steadicam with DVD, Hard Case 
and Travel Bag. Sony Camera multi compartment bag. KATA CRC-15 Rain Cover for Z1. 
Lighting Kit including 2 X Lights with Stands & 10" Green Screen, Software included. 5 in 1 
Reflector (Gold,Silver,White,Black,Gray) with Case. VZ-Rock Varizoom. All Original 
instructional Manuals & DVD's included. Total value almost $10,000! Looking for quick sale. All 
equipment is in top condition like new, most of it has barely been used. 
Call 310.923.8023 for more info. 
Individual Values: Sony Z1 - $2,000 (2nd Hand) 
Sennheiser Radio Mics - $1,000 
Red Eye Wide Angle Lens - $400 (never used) 
Manfrotto 503 HDV Tripod - $625 
Rode NTG 1 Shotgun Mic - $250 
Rode 10" Boom Stand - $200 
Dead Cat - $50 (never used) 
Merlin Steadicam plus case and travel bag - $1000 
KATA CRC-15 Rain Cover - $150 (never used) 
Lighting Kit With Green Screen - $250 
5 in 1Light Reflector - $50 
VZ-Rock Varizoom - $250 (never used) 
SWIT Battery - $100 (each) 
Sony AC Adaptor/Charger (included with Z1)



Best Eggs Benedict in town - Plus we have Heinz Baked Beans
 RSVP here. -  only $15*
The price includes the Tax and Tip - Cash only - please remember they do not accept  credit cards.
*full English breakfast is $18

Industry Hollywood - has helped over 200 actors and other fields of industry obtain Visas and Green cards. We also help secure you the all important SPONSORSHIP (The assistance with the sponsorship  is a service  that no law firm can provide and normally you would have to find this offer of work your self) .  Offering simple and direct advice on which Visa is most suited and also the most secure route to ensure that your visa gets approved. Visit  (To Download the FREE Visa info pack) or email
For more details please email:
Or call direct on: 310-954-7691 (US) or 07801-232-573 (UK) 
Or visit their website WWW.INDUSTRYHOLLYWOOD.COM

For those Brits that have to work during the week come and join us for a fully earned half price Mimosa brunch - Same great deal as Tuesdays BBC. $15 and $6 mimosas. - Cecconi's is such a perfect setting to relax unwind and start your weekend right.

LA GALAXY is having an open day
Join us at The Home Depot Center on Sunday, January 22nd for a day of fun! The stadium is open to all fans from 12-4pm. 2012 Season Ticket Holders will pick out the best seats for the season during the Meet Your Seat portion of the day.
Event will happen rain or shine!


There is no cost to attend or to park! Enter the facility through Gate A, park in Lot 10, and enter through the Northwest Gates.


Eat from some of L.A.’s hottest food trucks we’ll have at the stadium.


Rotate through a series of dribbling, passing, and shooting stations and a small-sided scrimmage during a unique opportunity to play on The Home Depot Center pitch!
These on-field activities are open to all 2012 Season Ticket and Mini Plan Holders and is assigned on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive early to ensure you reserve your space. Sign up to participate in on-field activities at the table immediately just inside the Northwest Entrance.
  • Session I: 12:30-1:15PM – reserved for renewing Season Ticket Holders only
  • Session II: 1:15-2PM
  • Session III: 2-2:45PM
  • Session IV: 2:45-3:30PM
* Soccer attire and turf shoes are recommended (cleats are ok), and shin guards are required.
* All participants will need to sign a liability release waiver at the sign-in table.

Not yet a Season Ticket or Mini Plan Holder? It’s not too late! Mini Plans start at just $72, so call us today at 877-3GALAXY or visit for more information.

More Members News...
photo courtesy of Dawn Bowery Photography
Have you managed to watch Brits in LA member John Mawson's new web series, Master of the House yet? They have over 40,000 views on Stay Tuned !

You can make it 40,001 by clicking here

Craig had his cards read last week by Brits in LA member Tonelise and says she is great and offering Brits in LA a discount in the readings.
Would you like to identify your personal or career opportunities and feeling confident taking advantage of them?
Would you like to leave behind fear and limited beliefs?

New year 2012 puts direction and transformation on the agenda. If you are feeling slightly stuck, confused and in need of direction, Tarotist and coach Tonelise Rugaas is looking forward to offer you a unique opportunity to identify and work through personal obstacles, motivation problems or limited thought and move forward with focus in this very special new year.
The offer is limited to 30th. January only. Tonelise is based in Silver Lake, but will come to you on occasion.

We are happy to offer this to Brits in LA clients with a 40% discount. A one hour reading is $60 (usually $100), and a half an hour reading is $35, - (usually $60, -) Contact Tonelise on or call 323 830 3167.or call 323 830 3167.

Burns Night is coming up..
Want to win a Companion Guide to Burns Night ? Click on the link below and tell them how you will use this e-book . First 5 to leave a comment on THEIR page wins a copy (make sure to mention you are entering the Brits in LA competition)

The Gromble
You may know them from the popular web series Andy & Chaz, starring our very own Darren Darnborough and Craig Young . they are currently nominated for OC Music Awards Live Best Band 2011 . They have a new cd out in March, so make sure to 'like' their Facebook page to keep in the loop.
RSVP here

What do musicians do when they are in between tours?  They get together with other Rockers and jam for Charity, of course!!
Jam for Create Now will allow the public access to musicians from world famous bands in an intimate setting.  Attendees will be able to grab a drink and enjoy amazing scenery at the Cat and Fiddle Pub, watch a show put on by Rockers Collective and participate in benefitting LA based harity, Create Now.  Rockers Collective is a collection of all-star musicians from iconic bands.  Create Now is a non-profit based in LA that changes the lives of troubled children through creative arts mentoring. 
The jam takes place, January 19, 2012; 9 PM
 at the Cat & Fiddle, 6530 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles.
Comprised of the world's best musicians, Rockers Collective performs modern, alternative and classic rock cover songs. The jam will feature Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy, White Snake); Justin Derrico (P!NK, Tina Turner); Mark Schulman (Foreigner, P!NK, Billy Idol); Eva Gardner (P!NK, Mars Volta); Julian Coryell (Alanis Morrissette, Amiee Mann, Jewel); Kenn Stacey (Michael Jackson, Elton John); Kara Britz (Joe Cocker, Cher); Michael Bluestein (Foreigner, Stevie Nicks, Boz Skagsg); Travis Warren (Blind Melon); Todd Morse (Offspring); and many, many more!
There is no cover charge, and the public may access the Cat and Fiddle's Facebook page, fill out a form and be put on the guest list.  Visit 
For more information on Rockers Collective, go to  for more information on Create Now visit  Or find them on facebook.

Craig is currently working with Paul and says he is a fantastic coach. 

Paul Duddridge
Paul Duddridge has represented many of the biggest names in UK entertainment. 
Michael Mcintyre, Rob Brydon, Phill Jupitus, Alistair Mcgowan, Paul Mckenna.
As a producer and writer he has created and worked on shows for the BBC, ITV, NBC and FOX. As a self styled entertainment coach he has had amazing results helping actors, writers and directors. Many acting coaches have never worked in the industry on which they advise. Paul has and still does.
               First consultation is FREE. 
On top of that Paul is offering 20% discount to all Brits in LA members.


Special Offer from Adam Huss for Brits in LA members

Your 1st session is FREE, and considered an assessment.  First purchase of a month of sessions is at the low discounted price of $55 a session, which includes my $15 gym fee per client that I have to pay the gym.  Normal price s $85

 Contact him @ or call him on 310 927-6045

Gym Bunny LLC is offering Brits in LA members an exclusive deal of 50% off one month of training (Jan 2012 only)! This offer includes 3 one hour sessions, per week for 4 weeks. 
Saving you $300 off personal training! Book before Jan 2012 to receive further discounts.
Gym Bunny LLC is group of highly skilled female trainers dedicated to training women in their homes. 
Contact them at or or 
You should also check out their great weekly tips on our blog here 

Now you are fit and in shape it's time for those headshots

Look smart for pilot season by getting a great new style. Look no further than the British Hair style house of
In the heart of West Hollywood, on Melrose, close to Cecconi's... James, Benjamin and Leanne want to reward your loyalty by continuing to offer all BRITS IN LA members 25% off all cuts, colors and Brazilian blowouts - All other stylist will offer 20% off. They are open 9am - 6pm but are very happy to make appointments for later than that.
 The salon's phone number is 424 249 3296 and email is:-


Many Brits in LA members have used our services here at Platinum One Web Designs. 
We can design you a website, sell your digital content online even design you a logo!

 Up to a 15 Page site including domain name, Hosting for a year & 6 updates within there first year as well all for the special price of £350.
If you are interested then contact us:
or visit our website at:

DINE LA is back a chance to eat on the cheap at some of LA's finest, like Bouchon, Mozza, Ca va, Cecconi's, etc..

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. He has helped many BRITS IN LA through the citizenship application and is very thorough and no nonsense. You can reach him on 818 981 0352 or Email him at

Joe Adams; 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

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.


A bunch of us are going to see and support British Comedienne
Diane Spencer come join us Jan 24th one night only
we are lucky to get $6 tickets - 

apparently she uses naughty words - just warning you ahead of time.

The English Beat are playing at The Key Club in West Hollywood on January 20th. Get your tickets here

The Fab Four are playing in February but tickets are on sale now!

Visit Ticketmaster to buy tickets

A bunch of us are going to catch Stephen Merchant do his thing in January. Lets see how he measures up to the mighty Gervais
Stephen Merchant at Largo in January
Buy tickets here

British rockers THE DARKNESS are coming in February get tix here

Tickets for Elvis Costello on sale for April

Transferring money can be a pain and I see a lot of you are asking banking questions on the FB page. Lloyds TSB have a great account available that means you can transfer money between a linked up USD,GBP or Euro account which saves all the hassle.
Click here for the Lloyds international account 
sign-up FORM

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 and mention Brits in LA.

Brits in LA member Carol Irwin manages and coaches young talent. Demand is so high she has put on an extra class on Tuesdays. Contact Carol via email for more info
talent manager and coach Carol Irwin

This was amazing! It's a must see!!!!!!
Click here for all the information and discount code 
Not long left to catch this, so try to, I loved it!!!!



OVO from Cirque du Soleil
Under the Big Top at the Santa Monica Pier
Limited Engagement
January 20 – March 25

OVO, meaning "egg" in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.  When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye - and the feeling is mutual.

Click Here to Save 30% on tickets to OVO!

Click Here to Buy Tapis Rouge Tickets
What is Tapis Rouge?

*30% available on price level 2-3-4 for select performances from Jan. 20 to March 25. Restrictions may apply. Subject to change. Applicable to select price levels and performances. Convenience fees and delivery fee will apply. Prices shown online during the purchasing process already reflect the above offer where applicable.

We are planning to make this our Feb theatre trip. So watch this space

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 Economy 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   Rates starting at $16.95 p/day Inc Taxes....
She has helped many Brits in LA members
Contact Economy Rent-a-car
*these cars are not brand new luxury vehicles

So many of you are looking to sublet your apartments/rooms or househunting that we have set up a new group called Brits in LA Housing. This way your listings can all be in one dedicated place. Click here to join .

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If you didn't catch this parody of Ricky Gervais hosting the Golden Globes on SNL last week you can watch below...


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