Brits in LA Newsletter February 5th

Thank You to Jesse Vital for designing
another Toscar winning poster!

Talk to Joe Seymour about  how you can get into a VW. There are many options for ex-pats. Joe has  all the answers you will need. He has helped so many members already and  will work his very hardest to get you into the car of your choice. Contact him on 310 266 8825 or by email.  

Talk about keeping it in the family!
Brits in LA member Scott Urner can be seen in the very controversial 
VW SuperBowl commercial.
Would love to hear your thoughts on it
Feel free to comment below

*You can click on all images to make them larger

Hi Everyone
This past week has been amazing. Craig and I visited all the sets for The Toscars over the weekend and are both very very impressed with the high standards this year. We were lucky enough to get cameos in all the films. I am feeling a little like Mr Ben!
I was a Chinese waitress, an FBI agent, a French Maid and a Cowgirl! Was so much fun - lets hope I don't get edited out....
Craig & Eileen Toscar 911
So much excitement and buzz from the teams. - I'm sure the evening is going to be very memorable. 
Judges confirmed so far... True Blood star
Janina Gavanker and Entourage actor Rex Lee and Oscar Nominee himself Eric Roberts. We also have the wonderfully talented Brian Dunkleman hosting, as well as our lovely Miss Toscar, 
Leilani Dowding.
Lovely Leilani
We have just confirmed that the wonderful Keaton Simons will also be performing for us all
Beautiful Pain,” the first single and title track from his new album, is now available! You can grab it on iTunes here
And if you feel like having a boogie
you will be welcomed by the sounds of PLASTIC LOVE 
The Underground DJ duo have come on board to entertain us exclusively at our Toscars afterparty -- Plastic Love brings you the finest in disco, house, techno, acid and everything in between. Together Bas and Jimmy have been able to express their unique sound with residencies in some of LA’s most iconic clubs (none other than Avalon, The illustrious downtown Standard Rooftop, The Vanguard, and Basic). The duo also showcases an eclectic mix of local and global artists through their own series of weekly radio shows and accompanying podcasts, Plastic Love Radio.

So make sure to wear your dancing shoes!

We are also very pleased to have the continued support of immigration law firm Beltran Brito and Geek Eyewear for this fantastic event. 
Still some tickets available so get yours now as this event will sell out!
Also a huge thank you to our right hand man Jeremy Koester for helping us put this all together.
Once you have attended the Toscars, you will be hankering to attend the Oscars. Click here for information on how to be a part of it.

April 15th is final date
to file 2012 Tax Returns
We get emails on a daily basis asking for an accountant who can handle both UK and USA accounts. Up until now we haven't been able to recommend anyone who can do both. Finally we found Selwyn at Gerber & Co. They have offices both here an the UK so the transition is pretty close to seamless! Email him here to discuss how he can help you through tax time. (Don't forget the fees accountants charge are often deductible!)

The Cock n Bull Pub are hosting a Get Well Benefit for our Lynn Helm on Saturday February 9th. If you can't make it feel, free to donate or purchase a ticket if you can. She is coming on in leaps and bounds and can't wait to see so many familiar faces.
Click here for all the details on how you can attend or help in other ways

Craig and I are off to see Emile Sande tomorrow night at the El Rey. Drop us a line if you are going to be there and we can have a cheeky pint!
Check our gigging page to see what other British acts are playing over the next few months for other Brit acts playing here. Ed Sheeran, One Direction, The Specials and Ellie Goulding are all here in Los Angeles over the next few months
Check here for all the details

Must get on as have a busy week ahead coordinating all the Toscar fun. Make sure to follow the Toscars on Twitter to keep updated on all the exciting newsflashes. 
If you want to know what your future holds (apparently she can predict Toscar winners!) scroll all the way down to see what Anne Shaw's horoscope has in store for you.
By the way, my tourist tip this week is to buy a specially marked bottle of Arrowhead water and get $15 off entrance fee to Universal Studios!
Good till the end of March!
Apologies in advance if your post didn't get included in this weeks newsletter. It really is the luck of the draw as we get so many submissions, but keep on trying :)

If you have a shout out for the newsletter, please drop us a line at or follow us on Twitter - @britsinla
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Got Kids ?
Then you are probably spending your evenings helping them with their homework?!  I recently came across Jeremy, who can tutor pretty much any subject up to 12th grade. Friendly and reliable as well as very capable. He has great references (including one from me!)  and is offering Brits in LA members a special discount of $25 per hour. If your kids need a little help contact him via email to schedule a visit.



"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!

Paul Duddridge
As a producer / agent in London Paul Duddridge represented some of the biggest names in entertainment.
He is now the number one entertainment career consultant in Los Angeles, with an amazing reputation for getting real results.
He has helped numerous actors, comedians directors etc to achieve success where it had previously seemed impossible.
The first consultation is completely FREE
Mention BRITSINLA for a 25% discount.

The Wrecking Crew is a fantastic documentary. I was lucky enough to see it over a year ago. If you haven't managed to catch it yet, nows your chance. You will laugh, cry and then tell your friends to go see it
Get tickets for their screening in Beverly Hills this weekend here 

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   
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

Gorgeous Mid Century House to rent
in Palm Springs
Perfect for Coachella!
Email Craig for all the details.

Get Me To Hollywood: British Edition 
is the essential guide to living the life in LA and how to make it in Hollywood, specifically tailored for our British readers. Throughout the 8 chapters, we will cover the basics: what an American headshot looks like compared with a British headshot, the established actor's resume, how to find representation, how to meet with casting directors and the audition process, and will also include a detailed list of resources and contributors.
LouisaSpring has specialized in representing English talent for the past 15 years and has successfully helped them make the trek over. With the current fascination with all things British, the timing was right to release this handbook to help those seeking help on making the big move.

You can buy the book as a direct download here: or on our website & social networking pages.

BLASA - Our Shakespeare Appreciation Society
         UKares Foundation

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

Or are you....

One of the most common questions we get asked is for shipping company 
We have heard great things from a lot of you about these guys UPAKWESHIP. 
Visit their website here 
Congratulations to Brits in LA member Matt Crabtree
(Currently at the helm of Toscar parody Skyfell)


Every Tuesday RSVP Here
$15 inc Tax and Tip* Breakfast Club sponsored by NextStopLAX

NextStopLAX  is the leading relocation and visa consultancy service for entertainment industry professionals transitioning 
to living and working in the US
Relocating Entertainment Professionals, Flawlessly
Welcome to Next Stop LAX. Every day our team of experts assists entertainment professionals from all over the world in making the major transition towards working legally in the USA. We have a proven track record in obtaining visas and helping our clients meet other employment requirements. 
Our status as California Bonded Immigration Consultants means that 
Next Stop LAX is a name you can trust.
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.
  *Full English $18 - Free Valet Parking!

NEXT STOP LAX have a seminar coming up in London 
 with The Actors Company LA and Next Stop LAX. Take note of their incredible guest speakers!! It's looking to be a fantastic weekend
Click here for more info 

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.
ONLY $499.99
Package Includes: a 20 page website
Website design
1 Years Website Hosting.
Six Updates to Existing Pages Within First Year
 *Do you want to sell your products online? how about your digital material like Music & Ebooks?
*All can be done with an small extra fee.

If you are interested go to:
or contact us at: 

Brits in LA's favourite celebrity journalist Sandro Monetti has launched a 
brilliant Movie Locations tour which drives film fans to sites around town 
where 40 famous films were shot - everything from Argo to Pretty Woman - 

While he gives you the inside scoop on the making of the movies. 
Tours go from Hollywood each Thursday and Saturday afternoon starting 
February 2 and Brits in LA members get a 50% discount for any 
Saturday in February by going to or calling 424-248-8687, 
booking a Celebrity Insider Movie Locations Tour date and entering the half 
price code save50 (no space).


Productions mounts a revival of the critically acclaimed production of Trainspotting that first rocked Los Angeles in 2002. Entertaining and shocking in equal measure, Harry Gibson's stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh's cult novel about Scottish heroin addicts runs March 9 through April 13 at the Elephant Theatre, with award-winning director Roger Mathey again at the helm.
For reservations and information, call 323-960-7785 or go to

at Bardot
February 25th, its free but make to sure to RSVP


The birth of one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands in history is told in the 
new dramatic musical Backbeat, which will have its American 
premiere and pre-Broadway presentation at the Ahmanson Theatre.
Get your SPECIAL discounted tickets here

Bit of Shakespeare
The Los Angeles Theatre is our city's most gorgeous and spectacular movie palace, a hidden gem rarely open to the public. Opened in 1931, the theatre is the most opulent ever imagined, with soaring ceilings, breath-taking chandeliers, gold leaf angels, and a cascading crystal fountain. Join us for a magical and romantic evening as we watch Baz Luhrman's electric adaptation of Shakespeare's eternal classic, starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio.

A full bar with mixologists, Dj-composer David Holmes spinning records and a cavernous theatre, this is a rare opportunity to enjoy the most breath-taking movie palace you'll ever see!
Saturday February 9th
Tickets available here

Happy Face Sad Face 
run ends February 24th
starring Brits in LA Member
Rob Locke
Life -- is it a comedy? Or a drama? The answer is "Yes!" HAPPY FACE SAD FACE has a brilliantly simple concept: two one acts... the first is a drama... the second is a comedy... the hook is, they are the same story, told from polar opposite perspective.
Buy Tickets here

Craig is working out with JC at the moment and he is fantastic - He is  learning boxing and martial arts and getting in shape at the same time. JC has also started blogging for us - Check out his free advice here
Get pilot season fit - fast.
Over indulged during the holidays? Didn't we all

"I have the solution with 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 perfect network body ready to rock this pilot season. 
Special discounts for all fellow Brits in LA members, 33% off all packages and for February only book your first months training (minimum of 4 sessions) and get your next session free. I come to you and bring all equipment, Body, Your Design personal training, with over 18 years experience in the fitness industry working with every type of people from celebrities to C.E.O's and housewives to old timers and being a former professional boxer and actor JC knows exactly what it takes to get you to reach your goals fast and in a friendly encouraging atmosphere. For more information please call 310 279 8117 or email and please see visit me on Facebook . No one gets a one size fits all program because we are not all one size. We are all different and everyone gets a personalized program designed specifically for your goals for maximum results FAST."

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 

                       FINANCE SECTION 

April 15th is final date
to file 2012 Tax Returns

We get emails on a daily basis asking for an accountant who can handle both UK and USA accounts. Up until now we haven't been able to recommend anyone who can do both. Finally we found Selwyn at Gerber & Co. They have offices both here an the UK so the transition is pretty close to seamless! Email him here to discuss how he can help you through tax time. (Don't forget the fees accountants charge are often deductible!)

Don't get frazzled with your book-keeping have a 
pro do it for you.
Lisa is amazing - they've helped us immensely and saved us an awful lot of
time preparing for this years taxes.  


"Adam Beach has been helping us set up our new retirement plans and 
he's great at explaining all the complicated matter" - Brits in LA

Tax time is fast approaching! Many of us don’t have the time or inclination to go through the hundreds of receipts that build up over the year, and get their expenses in order. Our friend Samantha Powell will take care of that for you -  all receipts and expenses cateqorized / books prepared, for your accountant (or yourself) to file your tax return and get that tax bill down! Email Samantha at  or call her on 310-855-2750 and she’ll get it all sorted for you! $20 an hour for Brits in LA members.

One of our favorite things to do in LA

is to visit the Magic castle
Well our friend and Magician David Minkin has a special offer for us
Thanks for being a fan of the art of magic!  Here's an
invitation to the Magic Castle for the week of February 25
through March 3.  Go here and print a copy...

This can be yours for only $55,000!
For those not so flash with the cash, others are available starting at $2,000. 
UAA is offering free shipping anywhere in the US or UK on all Banksy prints. They also have a large selection of Banksy originals available.
Please contact if you are looking for a specific piece or have any questions. We are always accepting consignments. 
Weekly Stars with Anne Shaw
Email Anne at or call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
Anne will be at the King's Head, Santa Monica doing spiritual
readings Friday and Saturday afternoons make sure to call
the number above to book an appointment.



Please be kind to another who may be feeling sorry for themselves this week.
This person is really not having a good experience in life and needs your support.
However be a friend and not a post to lean on.

You need to look long and hard this week ahead at where you are heading is the right direction. Do you need to make a detour .Only you can figure this out by listening to that inner voice of wisdom.

What can you achieve this week is up to how willing you are to make the right moves and wasting time will not help. You can always be relied on to think too much so stop thinking and create a better vibration around your life and you know what you should do.

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 swiftly through the old and worn out.

As this month begins you could find your self stretched beyond your limits in some areas of life, one  is work or the lack of it and of course second could be cash flow
Cheer up its going to get easier before the next month is over.

Any task you take on will be easier to deal with and as this will last until the end of this month  make it the priority to complete any thing outstanding because new situations and opportunities  will come up in a couple of months.

Travel is much on your mind and this can make you stressed or feel limited. The clue is to make an effort to keep busy or to take short trips to visit interesting places.
Until  you can easily afford the time or money to take off again.

.Your energy is all over the place this past week or so and it’s not going to help the fact that you have a lot on your mind for sure. Saturn the teacher of major life lessons living with you for a couple of years ahead will not let you get away with what’s the right thing to do..


Your boss Jupiter is sitting in your opposite sign Gemini who will dig in and make you think before you act ,so be good as he will be watching you and your level of commitment to the task at hand ..That means nothing should take second place to your own responsibilities.

The will to go it alone is very strong this week and use this energy to assist you to get the job done as this month is a great opportunity to move forward .You are sometimes cautious a tad too much however this month it’s a good way to be .

This is an important time of general rejuvenation and you will get information coming at you from all directions .The clue is not to think too much and to go with your gut feeling.
Take time out with good friends or family and enjoy a Birthday treat soon.

You have too energy to waste it on wishing and hoping find the right doorway you have been searching for  to happiness Go ahead peep behind  and dream what your future could turn out to be this month. As Jupiter is in your money house it’s also good to buy lottery tickets.



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