Meet Andy Henbest from London who moved to LA 14 years ago to pursue animation and production design

Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
I lived in NYC for 5 years and was curious about Los Angeles as I was contemplating a career in animation. I was a big fan of Klasky Csupo who were also in Hollywood. I ended up a production designer!

  What do you miss most from home? 
photo: E.Lee

 Lush green countryside and the pubs.


What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since ? I discovered it was idyllic for riding motorbikes & walking dogs, so I got 4 motorbikes and 4 dogs. Love it here! 

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus London/Surrey? Brilliant weather vs. Dreary weather.


Do you have any hidden gems in LA that you want to share with us?  
Los Angeles Crest for motorbike rides, Fryman Canyon & Bronson Canyon for hike with dogs and La Poubelle for dinner.

A lot of people have misconceptions about LA - did you ? I came here after living in NYC and it agreed with me although I love(d) NYC

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ? It is such an extreme opposite of England, but I can’t imagine not having this California lifestyle now. So go for it, as it will be a different journey for each person, so the only way to find out if it is the right one is to just do it .

Lots of our members join our group Brits in LA seeking out words of wisdom - what is the best piece of advice you've been given ? Be grateful for your surroundings… it could be a lot worse

Lastly, how can we find out more about you ? 

Find me via Franks Reps here 

I am also currently involved in a fundraiser for Great Ormond Street Hospital and we are looking for all the support we can get. 

Andy, Hugh, Oli, Tim & Sam fundraising for GOSH
Five of us are hoping to raise £10,000 by riding off road in Cambodia  for the next 8 days with 4 other British guys. 
Big thank you to our sponsors Go Pro, Belstaff & G Shock 
UK tax payers qualify for Gift Aid too

photography Justin Stephens
Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) 
is an international centre of excellence in child healthcare.

Together with their research partner, the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH), they form the UK’s only academic biomedical research centre specialising in paediatrics.

Since its formation in 1852, the hospital has been dedicated to children’s healthcare and to finding new and better ways to treat childhood illnesses.

Donations and fundraising allow the hospital to buy equipment, fund research and provide better facilities that would otherwise be unaffordable under the NHS.

To find out more about the charity and how the money we raise will be used go to:


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