Thursday, January 28, 2016

Run, Don't Walk, to Get Into the Cricket Feet Showcase!

It's a miracle!  Bonnie Gillespie has resurrected her amazing Cricket Feet Showcase!  If you need rep or exposure to casting, PLEASE GET YOUR BUTT into this SHOWCASE!  It is always GREAT, Bonnie makes sure you LOOK great, and GREAT people come to see you!  This is a no-brainer!!!! Get ON it!!!!

https://t.co/34TQ5DgQEj
http://bonniegillespie.com

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Made With Love: Custom Designed Invitations, Cards, and Stationery

Do you need invitations, cards, or stationery? If so, check out Made With Love by Rebeka M.! Her work is gorgeous and is custom designed for you!


Here's a link to her Instagram page, with more examples of her work:



Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hair & Make Up Artist Sommer Anzaldo

If you need to look fabulous for a photo shoot, etc., call Sommer; she is amazing!

Sommer Anzaldo
Tel: 424.337.2412
Email: lovinmkup@yahoo.com

Personal Trainer Patrick Murphy

My good friend and fab actor Jesse S. recommended Patrick Murphy to me as a trainer, and Jesse's only advice was "Listen to everything Patrick says."

Patrick Murphy
Tel. 310.406.6799

Dr. Paul First - Eye Doctor

If you are looking for a fantastic eye doctor, I highly recommend Dr. Paul First. His office is conveniently located at 7080 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 902, Los Angeles, CA 90028, and you can reach him on 323.462.6753. He's amazing!

I Care About We Care More than Ever

This place is too magical not to write about yet again. Yes, vacation is vacation, and one always feels pretty damn good when on vacation, but We Care is a completely different level.

It remains gorgeous. The landscaping, which was already stunning, is now beyond breathtaking. The desert views - ridiculous. The quiet, the wind, the heat, the aridity (is that a word?), the bougainvillea everywhere -- it feels like you're in another world.


A basket chair with a huge white pillow sways in the wind near the fire pit; I sat and watched the roadrunners speed by with wind chimes as my soundtrack. Here's the view.


Right?!

And now, in addition to the floating ones, there's another bed -- like a futon except it's not hard, and is like two feet thick -- from which you can view the hawks circling, bask in the wind, read, listen to Jeff Meacham's amazing Kahnversations podcast (in the iTunes Store!), or watch the sun sneak through the leaves of the trees above you as you fall asleep in the freakin' middle of the freakin' afternoon. Because you CAN.

It seems like all of the rooms have been updated, but not so that they are off-puttingly-non-We-Care-like-ritzy. They're just more deeply comfortable and comforting: the yummiest bed, the silkiest soft sheets and the most perfect of pillows; they've replaced some of the furniture but maintained the this-is-really-all-you-need style; and everything is beyond clean.  Housekeeping here is unparalleled.

On Monday I did a yoga class with Patricia Thompson, who, to me, is the spirit of We Care.


She's an amazing teacher: so giving, so warm, with such unbridled energy, and a passion for life and learning. I've never met anyone like her. She started the class off with a meditative walk in the desert. 


Later, I had the MOST incredible System Recovery Treatment with the One and Only Alicia. That woman has The Touch. So gentle. So nurturing. Basically, she rubbed castor oil all over me while I lay on a heated table. Then she wrapped me in who knows what and made it even warmer while she gently and hypnotically rubbed anything that stuck out. People? I fell asleep. I NEVER fall asleep during the day. The woman is a witch. A very, very, very good witch.


The next day I hauled myself outta bed to do an early yoga class with Bridgette Becker. This was def my fave yoga class ever, and I've taken a LOT of yoga classes. Hated most of them (primarily because I have an aversion to perspiration and effort) (I do not hate YOU, Myla. Just exercise.) I dunno what it was that she did exactly -- I know she included all different schools of yogic thought in the class, and she was all about being gentle with yourself -- she kept saying stuff like, "Are you at your edge? Pull back a little.You don't need to be right at your edge." Dear God, what a concept! Not doing my very best? Not trying my hardest? Not killing myself every moment of every day?  Is such a thing even possible? It was, apparently.

I also did a breath class with Bill Bastian. Man, breathing is so irritating. Bill is great though. He asked us to focus on what we wanna release (some anger, maybe?). Then he suggested that we make a list, rip it up into teeny weeny pieces, spit on it and bury it in the desert. So ... I did! I wrote the list, went to the desert, ripped it into teeny weeny pieces, dug lots and lots of holes and buried those fuckers out there in the blasting sun. It was fun. (A few days later, I made another list and burned it in the fire pit. That was even MORE fun.)

Then I took a walk in the desert.


No filter.

We're always drinking stuff here. You don't miss food. You're so busy taking care of yourself that eating would be a nuisance.

I attended a nutrition and cooking class with Bridgette/Susana and got to have a strawberry smoothie (don't panic; only like two ounces), and Susana's famous brown rice, quinoa, and lentil mix with her amaze tahini sauce (perhaps an ounce). Then? Yup! Castor Oil. Yum! Bridgette ALSO has THE TOUCH. If Patricia is the Spirit of We Care, Bridgette is the embodiment of it. She is such a healer.


Susana used to sort of represent We Care to me -- I mean the woman started it out of her HOUSE, for God's sake. (I relate!) We're all here because of her and she's a MIRACLE (you can get her book from We Care or Amazon - it's called DETOX & REVITALIZE by Susan Belen, and she has a new one coming out soon). I have such admiration for Susana -- everything was against her and not only did she prevail but she has saved so many other people as well. And now she's taking more time for herself and I'm so thrilled that she has people like Bridgette and Jenny (see below) and Patricia and her daughter Susie, and their manager Margaret to carry on for her. We are all so lucky.

Everyone is so nice! From Eugenia, who showed me how to turn the tv on (I'm challenged), to Margaret, who has run the joint ever since I've been coming, to Sophia whose hands are like feathers. Even if they don't remember you, they act like they do, and they don't need any coaching at all. I buy it. (They must be . . . listening.) You don't for a second get the sense that it's bullshit, or not real. I love The Four Seasons and there's no comparison, but it's different. Here, somehow, you get a sense that they . . . care.  Hmmmm.


(That's a bug, but don't worry. It was way out in the desert.)

The pool is not heated, which I personally think is cray. Why not? How much could it cost? We don't need TWO saunas! We need heat in the pool! (And salt, maybe?) I do hear that they're building another pool (along with seven, 12 or 16 new rooms), and hopefully THAT one will be heated, but still. And naturally I worry about what all this new building will do to the integrity of the place. With new rooms they're going to need another yoga room, more treatment rooms, and more technicians. The current technicians are superb. Will they be able to maintain this level of fabulosity?

The next day, lovely and warm Sophia gave me a Body Splash. Essentially she put me on a table, poured warm, womb-like water over me and scrubbed the hell outta my skin. Then she poured more womb-water. Then she washed me. More womb-water. Then she washed my hair. More water. Water, water, water. (I'm a Pisces; I like water.) And all of this took place in the middle of the desert with the wind softly whispering at the folds of our tent/yurt?/outdoor cabana while Native American music played softly. This must be what it was like for ancient Egyptian royalty, I thought. I couldn't get over the fact that it was happening to me. I've had massages (which have been wonderful -- Patricia Smets, Juan here at We Care, Salvador and Mariel at Halo Chiro, to name but a few fabu practioners), and I've been scrubbed, but this was different. Another world. I felt transported.


Plus, I slept like The Dead on that gorgeous bed.

I walked a labyrinth with the divine Bridgette prior to more incredible yoga. Another thing I love about her class is that it feels like she's WITH me the whole time. It's as though she GETS how miserable I am. She is AWARE that I wanna stop and do ANYTHING else, she's a few seconds ahead of me and before I even start gathering my things to leave, she's said exactly what I need to hear in order to stay, deepen the pose, do the work, to try to connect my body to my mind and my spirit. Not a small feat, in my lunatic case.

I spent time on the swing machine and the ol' Vibra-Trim, and did ab stuff on the slant board pursuant to the advice of Jenny, the wonderful colon therapist who told me my problem was carbonation. She's gotta be right. Ever since I got sober 23 years ago I've been mainlining club soda like it's the fountain of youth (club soda with lemon is as close to a cocktail as I'm gonna get).


Koren was also an amazing therapist. Kind but aggressive and so knowledgeable. I felt so lucky to get her.

And then? There's Juan. What a superb massage therapist he is. He finds a knot and that sucker' is GOING. No matter what. He's gonna beat it DOWN. And once he does, he whispers stuff like, "Yeah! Gotcha!" Or, "There ya' go!" He is, if possible, happier about a loosened knot than I am!

During the trip I read a book called INTUITIVE EATING by someone and Dr. Elyse Resch (http://www.amazon.com/Intuitive-Eating-Revolutionary-Program-Works/dp/0312321236). This book just MIGHT be the answer to my food-related issues and in my opinion, We Care was the perfect time to read it.

Over the years I've met some pretty amazing people at We Care. Cecilie, Daniela and Lee, to name but a few. Each one has taught me something valuable. This trip was no exception as I met the human personification of Fearlessness. So outgoing and warm and interested and smart and crazy and, as he put it, "addicted to chaos, adrenaline and drama." His parents, he said, provided unconditional love (among other things), not only when he was a kid, but even more so when he became an adult. He never feared that the other shoe would drop because it never had. I guess if, when terrible things happen, you continue to be loved and adored, you end up looking for the highest mountains to climb. (For the hell of it. Not to jump off of.) How amazing. But what's most admirable? Is that he gets it. He gets how lucky he is. And is wildly appreciative.

What a thing to see. What a thing to be, I imagine.

Thank you, Susana Belen and everyone at We Care for everything.





Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Zen Dog

For all of your dog's needs, whether it be training, boarding, dog walking, or dog sitting, go to Matt Beisner at The Zen Dog! Here's how they describe their approach:

THE ZEN DOG method is intended to develop the deepest possible relationship between you and your dog with the least amount of tension. We don’t promote choke chains, shock collars, alpha rolls or other popular aversion techniques. Nor are we that interested in clickers, treats and/or other methods intended to create obedience. We want to help you look at, see and feel your dogs’ energy, understand their needs and assume your natural role as leader.

Location: 1754 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031.

Contact:

Telephone: 323.487.3647

For Private Training and all questions for Matt: wag@thezendog.com

For Boarding and Dayplay: stay@thezendog.com




Friday, November 21, 2014

Personal Trainers

K.C. Morgan
Tel.: 310.592.2739
Email: kcmorgan1@mac.com

Christine Hazelton
http://christinehazelton.com/

Addiction

If you are having trouble with drugs, alcohol, gambling or other dependence, please contact:

Alcoholics Anonymous: http://www.aa.org/
Narcotics Anonymous: http://www.na.org/
Overeaters Anonymous: http://www.oa.org/
Gamblers Anonymous: http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/

Voice Over Class

Mari Weiss
Email: mari@mariweiss.com

Hosting Class

Marki Costello
Tel.: 310.207.7333
http://www.becomeahost.com/

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Halo Chiropractic

I started going to a new chiropractor down the street from the Kahnstitute.  Her name is Iris Williams and she runs Halo Chiropractic, which is in that 24 hour gym on the corner.  And she rocks!  And not only does SHE rock, but Salvador Lopez, her massage therapist, is a dreeeeeammmmmm!  Highest of all possible recommendations for all of it, y’all!  -Les

Halo Chiropractic
Iris Williams (chiropractor)
Salvador Lopez (massage therapist)
1551 N. La Brea Ave., #300 (between Sunset and Hollywood – Free parking)
Hollywood, CA 90028
323 874 2225
halochiro@gmail.com

Yoga

1.) Nine Treasures Yoga

2.) Private yoga classes:
  • Myla Ivers
    Tel.: 720.938.0669
    Email: mysteriouskae@hotmail.com
    On Instagram and Twitter @mysteriouskae
  • Claire Byrne
    Email: maryclaire212@yahoo.com

Massage

Patricia Smets:
Tel.: 213-392-3567
Email: smetsmorneau@aol.com


Salvadore at Halo Chiropractic
Tel.: 323.874.2225
1551 N. La Brea Ave., #300, Hollywood, CA 90028

Spiritual Guidance

1.) Tej Kaur Khalsa at Nine Treasures Yoga.

2.) Books, tapes, videos, etc., by Abraham-Hicks.

Meditation

Heather Prete:

Tel: 310.871.0243
Email: heatherprete@hotmail.com

Headspace Meditation App

Stand-Up Comedy Classes

Pretty Funny Women
Judith Shelton

Thursday, August 21, 2014

How To Chow Online Weight Loss Program

Christy Meyers has put together an online weight loss program! Her description of the program is below:

90 Day Weight Loss Program

This 90 Day Program takes you step by step to your weight goals.  It is customizable to fit your body and lifestyle; and affordable for your wallet.  The entire program will be online so you can participate regardless of where you are. Next program dates are Sept 9th - Dec 8th .  Perfect to get you ready for the holidays and pilot season!

Here's what it includes:
Daily emails with weight loss, lifestyle and health tips, recipes, plus a recommended plan for the day
Step-by-step Nutrition and lifestyle plans to help you get specific with food options and lifestyle changes
4 Bonus Videos with us, the gals of How to Chow! We’ll go over high-value information, get you inspired and keep you on track with the program!
Email and online support throughout the program from health experts – Christy and Crista!

Cost for the program is $299.  Please take a look at our website, www.howtochow.com, to get to know us. And email info@howtochow.com to reserve your spot.

Pete Goldfinger Announces His New Classes

From screenwriter Pete Goldfinger:

Classes Are Back!

So contrary to Alice Cooper's claims, school was not, in fact, out forever. And it is the time to come back from the beach, roll up your sleeves and get back to writing.

Due to my present workload, there will not be a Sunday Class for now, which means that the only ongoing class I am teaching will be the Thursday Night Master Class, so if you're interested, please contact me before they fill up (there is an A Class and a B Class).

Additionally, many of you have asked if I'll be teaching another Screenwriting 1 class and the answer is yes.  Starting in September (I always appreciate your referrals).

For this and all other information, you can always go to the website.

Hope you all had a great summer!

Pete

You can learn more about Pete's classes here: www.petesport.com.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Myla: My Personal Yoga Savior!

Myla has been my personal yoga savior for seven months. SEVEN FREAKIN’ MONTHS, people! I’ve been doing yoga religiously for all that time! And if you know me at ALL, you know exercise? Is not my friend. Yet, I keep coming back to Myla. There is just SOMETHING about her. Meanwhile, she teaches hot- and plain old kill-yourself-with-eighteen-zillion-impossible-poses yoga and yoga sculpt as well, so she’s totally capable of torturing you if that’s your preference. She is spiritual, warm, fun, funny, EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE about all things body- and health-related and just plain rad. I am ONE lucky beeyatch. I cannot recommend her more highly.
 


She writes:

Feeling low in energy? Uncreative? Stiff in your body or blocked in your mind?...

Meditation is key in manifesting what you want in life! For those of you that find meditation to be difficult, try YOGA! Think of yoga as a moving meditation. It creates not only a positive head space, but also a healthy, flexible, and strong body to move about your life in. Myla teaches a wide variety of yoga styles. She combines her classes with reiki healing, Acro yoga and Thai massage. You will leave feeling more open in the body and more clear in your mind. Watch as the universe shifts to bring you exactly what you've been asking for!

Myla teaches private lessons at your home for $100/hour, and if you are part of the Kahnstitute, take $25 off!

Contact Myla on 720.938.0669 or at mysteriouskae@hotmail.com. And follow Myla's crazy life on Instagram and Twitter @mysteriouskae!


Monday, April 28, 2014

Bravia Design

Daniela Amavia and Dale Brasel at Bravia Design “specialize in both commercial and residential turnkey properties, taking your project from the design stage through the remodel.”  THEY ARE AMAZING!  Their Queens Road property was just LA TIMES’ House of The Week (http://fw.to/E4PEsId)! 

www.braviadesign.com

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fantastic Massage Therapy by KO Massage!

Treat yourself to a fabulous, spiritual massage by the lovely Edward K-O.
So be good to yourself and get a massage.
His contact is edwardkiniryostro@yahoo.com or 323. 788. 8179, or you can visit his website at komassage.com.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Jenn at The Phoenix Hair Studio and Designer Fashions

A few months ago, I lost my beloved hair stylist of like TEN years. It was awful. (No, he didn’t die. He just became a wildly successful actor. Yay for him, not yay for my hair.) After some less-than-successful outings, I feel so lucky to have been blessed with yet another hair savant, this time in the person of Jenn at The Phoenix.

First let’s talk about what I didn’t want: I didn’t wanna have to go to Beverly Hills. I didn’t want a small army of people working on me (one to cut, another to color, two to blow dry, one to wash, one to provide beverages, and each one of these people with their own assistants). I didn’t wanna gossip. I didn’t wanna see and be seen. I didn’t wanna dress to get my hair done. What I did want? I just wanted a gorgeous haircut and color without STRESS. I wanted someone who was way better at figuring out what to do with my hair than I could ever be (but not someone who would “yes” me and then do whatever they wanted to do anyway). I desperately wanted someone who understood that orange, perhaps, was not the best color for my particular skin tone. Someone who understood how to create volume. Someone who could do it all – cut, color, wash, blow dry, and make the tea. I wanted easygoing, nice, no-frills people; a clean, tasteful, stylish, comfortable environment; no pressure and, frankly, a little bit of art. Some perfectionism and some je ne sais quoi. And folks, I got it. Jenn is the real thing. My hair is perfection. She listened to my concerns and preferences and drastically improved upon my fantasy of the result.

The Phoenix
Hair Studio and Designer Fashions
Phoenixisfashion.com
Jenn
Master Stylist and Colorist
3301 Cahuenga Blvd. West
LA CA 90068

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Scripts!

Look at this great resource for scripts both pilots and other episodes from Saku E! https://sites.google.com/site/tvwriting/us-comedy/show-collections

Saturday, October 5, 2013

FREE Introductory Alexander Class!

We love Jennifer Schulz! She teaches our own Alexander Classes here at LK&Co.!  If you're curious about the technique , or have posture or breathing or vocal issues, don't miss it!  http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4249d2b1fb0a9ab6fb45e3001&id=8ae3875ac9

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Clear Home Solutions with Marty Heebner


My dear friend Marty runs a business that helps us help our elderly parents, among other things. You couldn’t be in better hands. Here is an excerpt from her website:

          "Are you - or your parents - planning to move, downsize
           or declutter? At Clear Home Solutions, we manage all the
           hard work so you don't have to. We ease your anxiety with
           our individualized approach, and our list of a la carte services
           and packages makes it simple to decide how much of the
           work and stress you'd like us to manage for you."

You can read about all of her services here: http://www.clearhomesolutions.com/.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Application Solution Providers (ASP): For All Your Business' IT Needs!

We use 'em here in the LK&Co. office, they are quite fabulous and have excellent 24-hour support services. Here is what they have to say:

"Application Solution Providers provides our clients with all of the capabilities of a Fortune 500 IT department in one single outsourced and managed service: guaranteed application delivery, a professional helpdesk, access from anywhere, network administration, infrastructure management, bulletproof security, total redundancy, disaster recovery, and much more.

Any software can be hosted and accessed with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).  In addition to hosting all the applications you already own, we provide software hosting, application hosting, database hosting, website hosting, mail and exchange hosting.

The foundation of our solution is the elimination of your dependence on client-side equipment, software, and helpdesk personnel. In doing this, ASP essentially replaces the mundane tasks of an in-house IT department, freeing up staff for more important managerial and strategic IT roles. There are no servers to manage, no software to install, no computers to maintain, and no upgrades to perform. Users simply require an Internet connection and a browser. Everything else is delivered by ASP."

You can read more about them and contact them through their website, here!

Monday, July 1, 2013

WAX LA

WAX LA is the most fabulous place to get your brows waxed. It doesn’t hurt! I love Marissa and Rebecca. Check 'em out here: http://www.waxLA.com.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Fabulous Pool Contractor - Mike Monroe

Mike Monroe is a fabulous pool contractor!!!! You can reach him at 310.476.3675 (say that you were referred by Bob Hirsch).

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I Care Even More

How is it possible that I love this place even more than I did the last time – and this is my fourth visit????



Maybe it’s the wind.  I do love the wind.  And how dry it is.


It could be the friends I’ve made here – who are truly exceptional.


It might be the amazing treatments from Juan’s life-changing Deep Tissue Massage to Mercedes’ Digestive Releases to Alicia's Magnesium Therapy to Chenille's deeply cleansing facials. Or maybe it's the nutrition classes replete with Susana-made Strawberry Kefir “ice cream,” veggie smoothies and rice and tahini tastes,


or the spiritually uplifting yoga classes with the divine Patricia, Jivani and Kim. It might be my pristine room with the cool cross-breeze,


the property with the new hammocks and fire pit, jazcuzzis, floating beds, desert trail


and incredible flowers and other vegetation.



It might be the superb staff that somehow always knows all of our names, likes, dislikes, needs and desires. Who knows?  I just know that when I’m here I feel – different and free and hopeful and happy and -- dare I say it?  Occasionally in the moment!!!!

I’m an addict:  among other things, a recovered anorexic/bulemic and a probably-never-will-be-totally-recovered binge eater. Food stresses me the fuck OUT.  So being in a beautiful place where people do nothing but rub me, anoint me with natural, aromatic oils and take care of my every wish for an entire week -- without FOOD -- is my idea of Shangri-freakin’ LA.



I hear a lot of comments from people who complain that We Care is not what it used to be. And they’re right. It’s not. It’s much much MUCH better.  Things change.  It’s no longer three people in Susana’s (the creator of We Care) house having a daily massage and colonic with Liz (Susana's first employee who is still there!), drinking a lotta juice.

Now it’s this gorgeous property with bougainvillea, superb gardens everywhere, a pool, an infra-red sauna,  17 treatment rooms, 70 employees, 23 guests and who knows how many brand new, updated treatment rooms. Now you can be wrapped and scrubbed, have reflexology or four different kinds of facials in addition to all different kinds of date and salt and sugar scrubs and massages and other bodywork like Total System Recovery Treatments while hanging out in the labyrinth with like-minded people from all over the world. There is every kind of nutrition and food class, as well as yoga, breathing with LA-based Scott Schwenk, NLP and fire ceremonies in the desert. You can have one-on-one sessions with healers and teachers, hang out and talk health with any of the extraordinary support staff, and make eight different kinds of teas while you do so.You're fed delicious, homemade vegetable soups every night. There are rabbits and ducks and doves nesting on the property,


floating beds, hammocks, jacuzzis, phenomenal sculpture installations, trampolines, Vibra-Trim machines and Swing machines to keep you gently moving. You can even bring your dog.

We Care is my idea of heaven. The only thing that could improve upon it is getting my husband to come with me. But if you think I'm ever getting him to have a colonic, you'd be sorely mistaken.

His loss.



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Two Fabulous Movers

I have used both of these guys and they are professional, courteous, affordable, timely, and just fabulous.

Claudius Milton
claudiusmilton@yahoo.com
Main: (213) 500-1253

Jesus Arroyo
Main: (818) 503-7791
Cell: (818) 621-8397

WORK ON YOUR MIND GAME: Private Meditation Coaching with Heather Prete

Discount Package

I am offering a discount package for those who would like to begin or continue a personal meditation practice in 2013. I am offering four sessions (a month of coaching) for the price of three. These sessions can be pre-booked and used anytime in the year. This package may be used for couples, individuals, or given as a gift. The discount is for private in-home sessions and includes a free CD custom made for your personal practice.

Actors and Lesly Kahn students can apply this to their already discounted rate. Actors also may receive a free session for every referral made in 2013. To see more details about "Meditation For Actors" visit workonyourmindgame.org and click "to the actor."

Here's a quote from a client after his third session and three weeks of practice...

"Mindfulness has significantly helped me to take in the world, moment by moment. It helps me to see and experience details I easily overlooked in the past. I suspect this directly applies to acting because it particularly helps in listening. I'm so much less worried about the next thing or what I had prepared, [and am] instead just content to sit in the moment and (hopefully) have character thoughts, listen, and react." -Nelson C (client and Lesly Kahn actor) To see more quotes visit workonyourmindgame.org.

Please take this opportunity to begin your journey. To book a package please email workonyourmindgame@hotmail.com or call 323 801-6209.

Heather Prete

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Elana Brooks - Private Chef

Need a fabulous private chef who delivers healthy, local, organic meals to you? Meet Elana Brooks. She works with clients all around Los Angeles. Give her a call or shoot her an email if you are interested in using her service (312-401-9382 or littlemisslocavore@gmail.com).

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Lattie the Dog Trainer

When I finally found my beloved Khaleesi Kahn-Hirsch,

Khaleesi in Thursday day Class with Daniel, Tommy, Corsica, Molly, Yemi, Jeremy, Andrea and Jessica
 
I knew I'd need help in that I had no idea what to do with a dog. Lattie SAVED ME! He was referred by Sophia B and Nola S, as well as by Nikki, The FairyDogfather.

Maybe Khaleesi was already the world's greatest dog, but Lattie was so patient (with me, Khaleesi was fine), and such a great teacher (to me, Khaleesi was a quick study), and had such great advice for all of us, that we're all one not-so-big, happy family.

Lattie
323 393 5238

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Chef Dana

Chef Dana's vegan personal chef services: let me prepare your meals in your home or deliver them to you. We start with a personal consultation to tailor your menu to your unique dietary needs: vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, allergen-free, per day, per week, per party -- you name it. Call or email me to get started. 405-317-2911 or dana.m.weddle@gmail.com.

From Lesly: "If you do not inhale her veggie lasagne and veggie tamale pie in less than five minutes, there's something seriously wrong with you. And her Tahini Dressing is addictive like crack cocaine."

Monday, January 7, 2013

Jeff Enden Photography - Headshot Special!

Do you need new headshots? Jeff Enden Photography is offering an exclusive headshot SPECIAL to all Kahnstituents!
 


This offer is good thru August 2014; be sure to mention Lesly Kahn for the discount.
For more info on Jeff Enden Photography you can visit his facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/endenphoto.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Connemara Ranch, Horseback Riding

Tally Willmont Hutcherson
Owner, Connemara Ranch

http://www.horsebackridinglosangeles.org/
Appointments are required.
Phone: 619-518-5828
Email: thutch46@gmail.com
Address: 34342 Mulholland Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

Founded and operated on a well known 10-acre horse ranch/riding stables designated by Los Angeles Magazine as “The best horseback riding in Southern California.” Equine “Promise Program” was designed to teach self-awareness, how to work in a group dynamic, develop and improve interpersonal relationships and explore new attitudes for dealing with addictive behavior, trauma and dysfunctional relationships. Program worked in conjunction with Team Works, an after-school mentoring program and was considered the cutting edge of equine therapy, using horses as healing tools.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tao of Wellness

Go to Tao of Wellness (http://www.taoofwellness.com/) for the best acupuncture!

Locations:
1131 Wilshire Blvd. #300
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-917-2200

359 San Miguel Dr. #200
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949-706-7770

171 South Los Robles Avenue, Suite A
Pasadena, CA 91101
626-397-1000

Doctors:

Dr. Daoshing Ni, D.O.M., L.Ac., Ph.D, Dipl.C.H.
Dr. Dao is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of California and is a Diplomate of Chinese Herbology NCCA. Dr. Dao has been active in the TCM profession as well as professional organizations. He was an examiner for the California Acupuncture Committee and also participated in the Chinese Herbology Exam development for NCCA. Well known and respected for his special interest in reproductive and gynecological conditions. Dr. Dao is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Pacific Coast Fertility Society, and American Association of Oriental Medicine.

Dr. Mao Shing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D., Dipl. C.H., Dipl. ABAAP
Dr. Mao is a Licensed Acupuncturist, a Diplomate of Chinese Herbology and a Diplomate in Anti-Aging. He is currently in general practice with special interest in immune, hormonal and aging related conditions. He was awarded the Outstanding Acupuncturist of the Year Award in 1987. Dr. Mao along with his brother (Dr. Dao) and their father founded Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Monica. He is currently director and a professor of Chinese medicine at Yo San University. Dr. Mao is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the AOM ALLIANCE, American Society of Acupuncturist, the American Association of Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine and National certification Commission for Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine Diplomate in Chinese Herbology.

Edsel Tan, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.
Edsel Tan holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Santa Barbara. His interest in pain medicine and physical rehabilitation led him to pursue advanced training in various bodywork modalities and to complete a special internship in Integrative Pain Management at the Venice Family Clinic. He has also learned about integrating healing modalities through his work with clinicians of multiple disciplines such as biomedicine, chiropractic, and physical therapy. At Tao of Wellness, Edsel Tan works closely with Drs. Dao and Mao as well as with other associates to continue developing an integrative healthcare model for women’s health, pain management and other health conditions.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Jill Alexander for Commercial Rep

Jill Alexander will help you get a commercial or theatrical agent, address your marketing and branding issues, and teach you everything you need to know about booking commercials.  Check her out!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Girls

Thanks to Alyssa P, I just discovered Jenette Bras, a store that is "For busty gals exclusively: The Overdeveloped and Underserved. We are the gals who skipped the training bra and went straight to the major leagues. We have drawn whistles from working men since the age of twelve. We have done foolish things like hitchhiking and dating musicians, but we have never, ever, worn a halter top." Ladies, if the bra fits . . . get thee to Jenette!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Angelina Panelli - HAIR STYLIST

Specials for Lesly Kahn actors. Ref'd by Kate Johnson

Color & Style:
Starting at $85

Haircut & Style:
$50

Extensions:
Consultation required

Headshot Photo shoot:
$75

AUDITION/EVENT STYLING PACKAGES (Blow Dry & Style):
1 style- $55
2 styles- $100
3 styles- $135
10 styles- $350

*These prices are for Lesly Kahn students and employees only. For further questions or to make an appointment, call or text Angelina @ 831-682-1399 or email AngelinaPanelli@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bravia Design

Bravia Design specializes in both commercial and residential turnkey properties, taking your project from the design stage through the remodel. Daniela at http://www.braviadesign.com/ (and http://www.residence360.net/) does truly stunning work. And she’s one of my favorite people on the planet!

Friday, September 30, 2011

K & J Entertainment

K & J Entertainment: A service for actors who have no agent or who are frustrated with the work their agents are (or are NOT doing). Meet two actors who started a company twelve years ago to help themselves and other actors get their faces out there. They refer to themselves as "personal assistants" but they are really SO much more. They work hard to get you auditions and they have had HUGE success with many of Lesly's students. And their price is crazy cheap with a DISCOUNT to those of you studying at the Kahnstitute!

Call for more details or to set up a free consultation: 310-729-1823.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Beauty Is Your Lifestyle

Lilah Richcreek has a fabulous new beauty blog. Check it out!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Full-Service Reel Production

My client, actor-writer-director-producer Rich Tanne, has been making THE most exceptional tapes for people lately! I LOVE THEM! Check out his company’s website for info at www.thereelessence.com. He does the WHOLE thing for you and it doesn’t have that canned, “I-paid-some-stranger-a-shitload-of-money-and-it-looks-like-a-bad-telenovella feel.” If you need tape, read on!

Message from Rich:

NEED MORE AUDITIONS?

Then you need a reel. A great reel.

Need an agent or manager?

Still need a great reel.

Want those things for the upcoming pilot season?

Need. Great. Reel. Now.

But how?

How about hiring industry professionals to write, produce, cast, direct, and edit original scenes tailor-crafted for your unique essence as an actor? How about showing casting directors and reps who you are and what you're capable of?

Visit thereelessence.com to see our work.

A great reel is much closer than you think. It's simply you at your best. And bringing out your best...is what we do best.


Monday, August 29, 2011

New to LA?

1. Public Breakdowns – you can self-submit through Actors’ Access at http://leslykahnrecommendations.blogspot.com/2010/01/self-submitting.html. They will keep you busy and in the game.

2. Showfax is the service by which you get the sides for roles currently casting. I believe it is part of Actors’ Access above: http://leslykahnrecommendations.blogspot.com/2009/08/showfax.html.

3. Dallas Travers is the woman who helps actors formulate their marketing plans. Go to her website – she does free classes in which you will learn a great deal. You may also choose to buy her book, take a class or coach privately with her. http://leslykahnrecommendations.blogspot.com/2009/09/dallas-travers-at-sage-marketing.html.

4. Bonnie Gillespie also helps you address the business side of your career -- and she does it in LA, all over the world and online. Her course is called Self Management for Actors and you can work with her individually as well. She also has a great book. http://shop.selfmanagementforactors.com/products-page/in-person-classes/foundations/.

4. Sam Christensen will help you determine WHAT you are marketing if you are unclear. He has been in the business forever and knows everything. http://www.samchristensen.com/.

5. Casting Workshop Suggestions. You may not like them, but if you’re good and know what you’re doing and are not getting out otherwise, this is the only way (other than improv and sketch shows, stand-up, theatre and videos) that I know of to let the casting people know that you exist. http://leslykahnrecommendations.blogspot.com/2010/01/casting-workshop-suggestions.html.

6. If you are new to LA or thinking of moving here, or even if you just want a laugh, read this: http://secondcitynetwork.com/11-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-moving-to-la/.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wanna Learn Your Lines? There's an App For That! Rehearsal 2

What is Rehearsal 2?

A fantastic and effective new way to learn your lines, explore your character’s nuances, prepare for your shoot or stage performance, record continuity notes or plan shots, and submit VO auditions and more – and carry all of that work around with you on the devices you love, your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Anything you do with sides and scripts on paper in the real world, is accomplished with the PDF files you receive from casting for auditions or from production for on-set work. Rated 4+ stars in the iTunes Store, and the number one rated software at ActorRated.com for over a year. Just $20 to bring your acting to a whole new level of understanding and quality!

Click here to download Rehearsal 2 right now!

(From ActorRated.com via L. Stewart)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Rachael Lawrence, Vocal Coach

She's fabulous! And is also an amazing accompanist!

310.488.4571
Rachaellawrence.com
Rachael@Rachaellawrence.com
PerfecTune Productions - Perfectune.com

(referred by Alison H)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Seamstress - Elena Szilvagyi

You will not find a sweeter, kinder, more artistic woman anywhere. Rebuild a dress or suit, repair damage, hemming -- anything. She's your gal. 818-919-2651, mselena1@gmail.com

Monday, July 11, 2011

Guru Prem

436 N. Bedford Dr. Suite #308
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310-275-8476
gurupremk@gmail.com

Guru Prem Singh Khalsa "is an expert on body awareness in relationship to personal growth.  He travels all over the world teaching the tools and rules of Divine Alignment and the concept of having your Heart Rule!" "He is a Master Yogi and for the last 36 years has been practicing and teaching Yoga.  He is certified by K.R.I. as a trainer of Teachers of Kundalini Yoga.  He is an advanced Kundalini & Astanga practitioner."

http://www.yogatech.com/bios/guruprem.html
http://layogamagazine.com/content/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=597&Itemid=1
http://www.divinealignment.com/

Monday, June 13, 2011

I Care About We Care

I went to We Care Spa again a couple weeks ago.  It is so amazing, I can't help but kvell over it. 

My first time at We Care was about a year and a half ago. As I had no idea what to expect, I assumed I’d be getting massages, lying by the pool, getting a lot of work done that I hadn’t been able to get to for the last several months, and starving myself.


Boy was I wrong.

Instead, my whole life changed. I dashed from class to colonic, back to another class, to the desert, and back to yet another class. There was SO much to learn! I barely sat by the pool and got absolutely NO work done (though I did manage to squeeze in a plethora of fabulous massages).

When I got back to my real life from We Care the last time, I immediately got overwhelmed by work and couldn’t focus on all the changes I was now imspired to make in my lifestyle in order to maintain Susana’s program. I was able to incorporate a few things, but not as many as I wanted, and I was determined to change that this time around. I prepared my kitchen to the best of my ability before I even left home. As soon as I was clear about exactly how I wanted to proceed with the program once I was back, I called home and asked them to have everything ready and waiting for me so I’d have NO excuse to fail. (Thank goodness home is so wonderful, thoughtful and capable.)

What I love most about We Care Detox Spa is its purity: absolutely everything going on there is directed wholly at YOUR HEALTH. Everywhere you look – from the Kangen Water to the desert air,



to saunas and whirlpools and mud wraps and infra red heat (and cold plunge, of course), to the design and the landscaping, massages and lymphatic treatments, to yoga and walks and machines that shake and jiggle the shit out of you (and hoses that suck the crap out of you!), to the books and dvds and cds and sheets and products in your room like the salt rock light, to every single person who works there . . . NOTHING is there that is not one hundred percent meant to help, encourage and motivate you to get healthy. No distractions. Nada. It’s heaven. And so unusual! It is such a freakin’ RELIEF not to be assaulted, misled and, frankly, poisoned by advertising, bad food, alcohol, media and craziness everywhere you turn. The ONLY place anybody’s gonna try to getcha to buy something at We Care is on your TV. So if you keep it off, you’re freeeee!

Classes

My first time at We Care I was so overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information there was to take in that I attended just about every class they had, like:

• Rejuvenation and Health
• Healthy Digestion
• Shopping for Healthy Foods
• Organizing your Kitchen
• Why Alkalinity?
• Reprogram Your Life for a Healthier You
• Transforming from Fasting to Food

I also took all the cooking classes like,

• Caffe Latte
• Sprouting Sprouts
• Kefir Demo
• Cooking
• Nutritional Guidance and Cooking Demo

I did some of the Healers’ classes as well like

• Psychology of Change
• Breathwork with the amazing Scott Schwenk
• Detox the Mind – Detox the Body
• Balance and the Medicine Wheel

But I was too busy the rest of the time having a hose shoved up my butt, getting massaged and brushed, and trying to fit in all the other stuff you’re supposed to do (like walk in the desert, shake on the Vibra-trim machine and the swing machine, hang out on the slant board, mediate in the labyrinth, sweat in the sauna, sweat more in the whirlpool, and jump on the trampoline, etc.), that I barely made it to one yoga class with Susana, the founder of We Care and my personal hero. And I totally missed

• Reiki
• Sound Healing
• Fresh Skin Analysis
• Creative Visioning
• Transformational Fire
• Shamanic Healing

and

• Meditation
• Tai Chi
• Mat Pilates

Alas.

My Week This Time Around

I got a LOT more done this second time around. But that is because I am the world’s most anal list/-schedule-maker.

Lest you should wonder what that means, voici!

No, you don’t have to make a schedule like this. I happen to be insane.

Every morning I got up early and walked in the desert.


(You don’t know me, so you don’t know that this is miraculous. My husband refuses to believe it actually happened.) I tried to do all the other stuff I wasn’t thrilled about in the mornings too – basically anything requiring physical effort. That left an hour or two in the afternoons to get some work done (theoretically) in the sun. There was really no time to hang out, as every spare moment was spent in some sort of class or treatment. It was truly divine.

Fellow Travelers

Part of the problem the first time I went to We Care was that I was so busy falling in love with the women that were there with me, that I hung out with them instead of working or lying by the pool. They were heaven sent. (You know like how you fell in love with your girlfriends in seventh grade? You just thought they were so much fun and so smart and so beautiful and you just wanted to BE with them and hear everything they had to say all the time? Like that.) All with careers (a brilliant film director, a determined hospital administrator, two highly motivated business consultants, and an inspiring writer), and responsibilities (kids, kids and more kids; plus husbands!), as well as health issues (cancer, more cancer, infertility, and some iron deficiencies, not to mention weight).

This time around I kept myself way too busy to hang out, but nevertheless managed to fall in love with a couple of my more spectacular comrades-in-fasting.

The Wind

I think one of my fave parts about this trip was the wind and the weather. All the fabulous people who work there kept warning us that it was not usually so cool (it topped off, I think, in the mid 80’s), or windy (the wind was UNbelievable – it never stopped blowing -- and blowing hard. It was sooo sexy and exciting and wild and thrilling, to me that is. The staff had, on the other hand, HAD it). Nevertheless, I kept the windows open in my room so I could hear it wail and listen to the leaves of the trees whip around. The sun was so bright and the sky was always so clear. The green of the leaves of the trees and the flowers on the branches made these magical pictures against the blue of the sky. I couldn’t stop staring. I was filled with wonder.


Irritation

I was extremely irritated when I overheard someone saying, “Uch, all they do is push their products on you here. Like that Kangen Machine. I got it for a lot less online. And there is NO way I’m buying Susana’s self-promotional [sic] book.”

I’m fairly certain this person was living in a nightmare of his own creation, because there was NO promoting of anything anywhere. I mean, it was like a vacuum of promotion. I actually had to ASK about things – nothing was pushed upon me. I’d see someone doing a liver flush and I had to REQUEST one. I fell in love with the sunset colored mineral lights and had to ASK for one.

This happened about five days in, and by then? I was relaaaaaxed. NOTHING was bothering me. But when I heard that statement, I turned on the poor, unsuspecting guest and said, “Susana’s book is about as far from self-promotional as humanly possible. For VERY little money ($15 on Amazon, $10 for the Kindle version) she hands you her ENTIRE program, replete with recipes, advice and her story. (This is ME promoting HER.) You don’t have to spend a zillion dollars to go to We Care. You can do it for fifteen bucks.

“What book?” Someone asked. The one sitting in your roooooooom, silly! She’s PUTS a copy in everyone’s room so you don’t even HAVE to buy it! You can READ it while you’re there! Gooood Loooooord, people! Susana is NOT one of the BAD GUYS! She just wants us to be well, like she is. It is her life’s work! (And it’s not like that’s the ONLY book in your room. A stack of books two feet tall is sitting in every guest room so you can read them while you’re staying at we care – From Wayne Dyer to . . . the list is too long. Some rooms also have dvds and cds to listen to – ALL health-related. So if you think she’s promoting HERSELF, then she’s also promoting the writers of books like ALKALIZE OR DIE, HEALING, KILLING CANCER NOT PEOPLE, MEET YOUR MEAT, THE RICHEST MAN WHO EVER LIVED, THE RELUCTANT HEALER, THE BOOK OF RELATIONSHIPS, etc. And the makers of the SALT ROCK lamps, and organic tampons, The Easy Sprouter, Amethyst Mats, Dehydrators, Chiropractic Pillows and everything from the Body Deli. Not to mention all kinds of blood-related supplies.)

And they don’t push their products at allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll! There’s a cabinet in the kitchen area in which they have a few books and some of the detox stuff used in the program. But it’s not even lit up! You can’t even see what’s in it unless you go right up to it and peer in. And it’s stored there! Not displayed! There are no price tags or anything. Moreover, there are no pictures of Susana anywhere -- no great, big ugly signs promoting her book, her videos, her cds, anyone else’s books, videos and cds, ANYONE’S ANYTHING. (In fact, the whole place used to be her home – little by little she added to it and now it’s this amazing spa. You never feel like you’re in some corporate enclave; you feel like a guest in this amazing woman's home.)


The ONLY people getting promoted at We Care are the “healers” – the meditation, sound healing, yoga, breathing, etc., teachers, and that was new this trip. My guess would be that she probably has to do this in order to make it worthwhile for busy practitioners to schlep to We Care once a week from wherever they are based (i.e., LA, San Diego or Northern California, for example). So again, she’s doing it for US, to give us the best possible experience. We Care offers the healers’ group classes at no charge, but if you wanna sit with them one-on-one for an hour, that can cost you $250. (The classes worked just fine for me.)

Susana simply does not promote herself or her products (and there are many, as you can see when you look in the folder of information you’re given upon arrival; and you’re given this list ONLY for ease of ordering, should you choose to do so, upon check out. At NO point does ANYONE push a product on you. If you want to continue her program, you have the OPTION to purchase her products to make it easier.)

Nor can I imagine that she gets a kickback from the Kangen Water people (click for a demo) or the makers of Vita-Mix for promoting their products. (And if she does? Good for her. It can’t be cheap to keep Shangri-La running like clockwork, which, by the way, it does.) I think she just thinks those products are the best. I think she truly believes that the Kangen machine is the best and the Vita-Mix Mixer is the best. I think she feels the same way about the Vibra-Trim and the Swing machine. I think that because she’s all about health, she’s had opportunities most of us have not had to try every brand, every type, every flavor of every thing health related, and she’s just telling us what she knows to save us time, mistakes, money, disappointment and energy. I think it’s LOVELY. I think people should get off her BACK. (Should you research and find a less expensive machine that does as good a job, I’m sure she would be thrilled to recommend it instead.)

At one point I stopped her and asked her if she’d read an email I’d sent. She apologized profusely and said, and I am paraphrasing, “No, I’m so sorry. I stay away from the computer. It’s a trap! If I start, I can’t stop, and then I don’t practice what I preach, I don’t have time to eat right and do yoga and walk and read and learn about new cures and procedures in order to pass them along to you!”

Ya’ gotta love that.

Specifics

1. Colonics - I had no less than five different women’s hands up my butt on this particular trip (colonic-wise), and I gotta say they were all lovely and wonderful and made it as painless as humanly possible. How there could be so many strangers so deeply concerned about my intestinal track I dunno, but I’m deeply grateful to Liz, Blythe, Rebecca, Denae and Tina for their unparalleled concern and care. I believe it was Denae who accused my colon of having stage fright (e.g., not wanting to perform on cue). Denae? If you’re listening? You were right.


(There was this owl on the Desert Walking Trail. I fell in love with it and couldn't stop photographing it. Then? There were the rabbits. Sigh.)

2. Yoga - You must take Yoga (and anything else offered) by Patricia. She is this sparklette of positivity, warmth and spirituality. I dunno what else to say. I still hate exercise, but she makes it palatable. Which is nothing less than a miracle! All the normal (non-perspiration hating) guests gushed over her as well.



3. Breathing - There’s something about Scott Schwenk’s breath class that is other-worldly. For the life of me I can’t explain it. Just go. If you let yourself get into it, something amazing, weird, terrifying and thrilling will happen. It’ll freak you out and kinda change everything for you. Just, as they say, DO IT. http://trustthebreath.com. http://scottschwenk.blogspot.com/.



4. Susana’s Lectures - GO TO THEM. She knows everything, has an answer for everything and if she doesn’t know, she’ll find out.



5. Alkalinity Lecture with Chris Young - If you dunno about Kangen Water and how everything else we drink is killing us, go.



6. Whatever you do, have the System Recovery Treatment, preferably with Alicia. Please GOD.



7. Let Juan massage you. You must.

8. Let Gina give you a Digestive Release massage. Sooo nice.


9. Have a facial with Patricia. Your skin will be soooo soft.

10. If you do nothing else in this lifetime, let Kaleo give you a combination massage. Enough said.


11. Oh, and don’t be afraid of the castor oil if your therapist recommends it. Just put the spoon in the back of your mouth, swallow the stuff and chase it with delicious organic apple juice. It’s nothing.

12. And you won't starve; you probably won't even be hungry! You’re so busy drinking that you’re actually full all the time.


13. The accommodations are lovely. Bring your own body lotion and face soap. And suntan lotion. Make sure to bring a hat or a visor to protect you from the sun. That's my room, below. The bougainvillea!


14. Be sure to call ahead to do your schedule, and let Karen help you with it. She’s great. Think about what services you want AS WELL AS what classes you’ll want to take and try to schedule it all way ahead of time.

15. Lie on the freakin' floating bed.



Before I got to We Care this year I’d had polyps in my colon removed, fibroid tumors in my uterus (not removed, that was fun), an ulcer, rickets, gallbladder attacks due to gallstones, too much estrogen, horrible low back pain, and a sprained ankle and knee. I needed help. Now I know that the polyps, the ulcer, the rickets and the gallstones are ALL a results of my STUPID EATING HABITS. And I know how to fix them. And I’m ON IT.

Thank goodness for Susana Belen and We Care.



(If you'd like to read the post I wrote after my last visit, go here.)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Need a Personal Trainer? Go to Kor!

Kor is this fabulous space on La Brea just north of Beverly. Be sure to train with Christine Hazelton who is also the owner. She TOTALLY rocks and motivates.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nine Treasures Yoga

This is fabulous, amazing "change your life yoga," says Angelique Cabral, among others. "Our classes bring together people of all backgrounds as a welcoming and loving community, focused on creating meaningful yogic experiences that can help you grow into your own strength and potential." Tej Kaur Khalsa is the most wonderful teacher you could ever hope to find. Nine Treasures Yoga!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Heather Prete

Heather Prete has acquired 4 years of psychology and religion at DePaul University, eight years of Buddhist Training, and nine years studying and working the 12 steps. She is also a working actor who has performed at such theatres as the Goodman and Steppenwolf and has worked with such directors as Robert Falls and Tina Landau. She is published in the book remembering Arthur Miller, and has done a variety of on camera work. She coaches actors and others to help them develop meditation practices specifically geared to their needs and challenges. Heather also teaches "Meditation for the Performer" in our Acting Buffet and Friday Night Bite's classes. Heather continues her studies at UCLA's mindful awareness research center.

Heather Prete
Direct: 310-871-0243
workonyourmindgame@gmail.com
workonyourmindgame.org

Monday, November 8, 2010

Hawaii?

On Maui

Restaurants: We love Mama's Fish House and Capische? (http://www.capische.com/)
Spas: Nothing compares to the Grand Wailea, but you might wanna stay elsewhere
Photographer: Mike Sidney (mike@mikesidneyphotographer.com)
Wedding Coordinator: A Dream Wedding: Maui (dreamwed@maui.net)

On Hawaii:

Hotel: There is nothing like The Four Seasons Hualalai (http://www.fourseasons.com/hualalai/)

On Lanai:

Hotels:  We love both Four Seasons there; Bob says the golf is UHmazing

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Lesly's Reading List


Books About The Business of the Business
Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman
Hello, He Lied by Lynda Obst
A Massive Swelling by Cintra Wilson
After Midnight by Susan Bluestein Davis
Where Did I Go Right by Bernie Brillstein
It Would Be So Nice If You Weren’t Here by Charles Grodin
You're Lucky You're Funny by Phil Rosenthal (creator of Everyone Loves Raymond)

Books About Being an Artist
The Artists Way by Julia Cameron
The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
The Dip by Seth Godin
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
Drawing on the Artist Within by Betty Edwards
Story by Robert McKee
Vein of Gold by Julia Cameron
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (watch this)

Books About Acting
A Challenge for the Actor by Uta Hagen
Acting: The First Six Lessons by Richard Boleslavski
The Actor and his Text by Cicely Berry
Anything by Konstantin Stanlislavksi
Audition by Michael Shurtleff
Auditioning by Joanna Merlin
The Camera Smart Actor by Richard Brestoff
Freeing the Natural Voice by Kristin Linklater
Harold Clurman on Directing
Michael Checkov on Acting
Michael Chekhov To the Actor
Michael Chekhov To the Director and Playwright
On Directing by David Mamet
Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen
Sanford Meisner On Acting
Self-Management for the Actor by Bonnie Gillespie
Shakespeare Lexicon
Theater Games by Viola Spolin
True and False by David Mamet

Self-Help Books
The 15 Second Principle by Al Secunda
The 48 Laws of Power
A New Earth by Eckhardt Tolle
Awareness by Anthony DeMello
Conversations with God by Donald Walsch
The Four Agreements
The Road Less Traveled
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tse
The Power of Now by Eckhardt Tolle
The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People
The Dip (suggested by Zach Lewis)

Other Books I Love
Everything by Malcolm Gladwell (BLINK, THE TIPPING POINT, OUTLIERS, etc.)
Everything by Seth Godin (THE DIP)
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
My Stroke of Insight by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
Right Brained Children in a Left Brained World by Steven Freed
Sacred Hoops by Phil Jackson
Tuesdays with Morrie
The Zen of Oz
Everything by Ayn Rand (FOUNTAINHEAD, ATLAS SHRUGGED, etc.)
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Here's an interesting reading list from James Clear: http://jamesclear.com/good-books-to-read.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Jesus Arroyo

Jesus Arroyo--Lesly's Mover
Main: 818-503-7791
Mobile: 818-621-8397

Monday, June 28, 2010

Karla Cavalli - Stylist

Karla has been working in NY and LA for the past six years as a wardrobe supervisor, costume designer, and fashion stylist for red carpet, print, and lifestyle projects. She has worked on many photo shoots, headshot sessions, and in television, and she is also one of the teachers in our own Acting Buffet. We love Karla and so do all of our actors!  She is such a find!!!!

Karla Cavalli
karlalcavalli@aol.com

Friday, January 29, 2010

Speech and Dialect Teachers


Bob Corff
323.851.9042 or http://www.corffvoice.com/great for voice work

Linda Brennan
310.444.9147 or lindabrennan@gmail.com

Carla Meyer
818.506.0413

Claire Corff
323.969.0565 or http://www.corffvoice.com/
great for speech work

David Farkas
farkasvoice@gmail.com
really intense voice classes and private coaching

Matt Beisner
310.425.9119
hi@mattbeisner.com

Also check out http://web.ku.edu/~idea/ (via Van H) and www.accenthelp.com (via Lila R).

Monday, January 25, 2010

We Care Spa - Juice Fasting and Spiritual Retreat

800-888-2523/760-251-2261
http://www.wecarespa.com/, info@wecarespa.com

A Letter to us from an appreciative guest:

"Are you trying to decide whether or not to go to We Care? Are you afraid of fasting? Concerned about colonics? Overwhelmed by the cost? Don't be. The time I spent at We Care Spa was seven of the best days of my life. And I've had a pretty good (and not all that short!) life.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Self-Submitting

http://www.actorsaccess.com/ -- union and non union student films, tv shows, films, commercials, and print work. You should also post your picture, resume, special skills, etc. I think you also get showfax through this service for about $70 a year. It's worth it. Don't pay by the page!

http://www.lacastingnetwork.com/ -- mainly commercials and print.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Need help with Dyslexia? ADD?

The Drake Institute - www.drakeinstitute.com
Rex Wilson - 310.656.7978

Monday, November 30, 2009

Rachel Pally Sample Sale - THIS WEEK

RACHEL PALLY SAMPLE SALE
Now Available
Fall '09, Spring/Summer '09 & Previous Collections, Including White Label
50%-80% OFF RETAIL!!!
Friday, 12/11 - 10am-5pm
Saturday, 12/12 - 10am-5pm
Stock up on great Holiday Gifts! There is something for everyone!
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2301 E. 7th St. Suite C100
Los Angeles, CA 90023
Just E. of Santa Fe St. @ Anderson St.
Contact at Sale - 818-512-9575 or 323-780-1249
Cash, Visa or Mastercard ONLY - No Checks
Collections can be viewed at http://www.rachelpally.com/

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Voice Doctors

I do not have personal knowledge of these medical practitioners, but I've heard great things about 'em:

Charles Schneider, 310-201-0717
Randy Schnitman, 310-275-5436
David Alessi, 310-657-2253

Colon Hydrotherapy

Carly Balsz, RN, carly@healingmovement.net, 310-829-4283

Script Doctor!

Howard March, Howywood@aol.com.

Nutrition

Christy Meyers, CHHC AADP, www.howtochow.com, 646-325-5539

Avtar Wagner, Avtardrbowagner@msn.com, 818-907-7542

Singing Performance Teachers

Carole D'Andrea teaches a fantastic singing performance class. Check her out here.

Michael Goodrich
Direct: 818-981-2481

Rachel Lawrence

Eric Vitro, referred by Alanna U.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Tammy Lynn and Spotlight PR

AFFORDABLE PUBLICITY! Don't wait for your series regular role to get publicity! And don't spend $3K per month for it! Tammy will publicize the crap outta your guest spots, co-stars, appearances -- whatever you want! And it won't cost you an arm and a leg! http://www.spotlightprcompany.com/; phone: 310-867-1952; email: info@SpotlightPRcompany.com

Tammy Lynn of Spotlight PR came to speak to LK&Co. on Saturday, November 21. Tammy’s company is tailored to actors, musicians, etc. who don’t yet need to hire a huge publicist, but who could definitely benefit from learning how to put PR to use right now.

She’ll be speaking again in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, here are some highlights:

· You do need to have something happening NOW in order for us to make the most of publicity. Something you did a year ago? Might be awesome. But it’s too late – opportunity missed. Which is why you need to be prepared with your PR approach so that the moment you’re cast, you can get the ball rolling.

· YOU need to build your buzz. Because no one is going to do it for you until much later in the game – even if you book a major supporting role in a killer feature, the studio is focused on the two already-famous leads and NOT you. So stoke your own buzz.

· Tammy Lynn will give free phone and email consultations – so we should feel free to ask her if we think what we did is “enough” to generate some PR.

· “Trust me, you do not want your first interview to be Entertainment Tonight.” – Tammy

AFFORDABLE PUBLICITY! Don't wait for your series regular role to get publicity! And don't spend $3K per month for it! Tammy will publicize the crap outta your guest spots, co-stars, appearances -- whatever you want! And it won't cost you an arm and a leg!

http://www.spotlightprcompany.com/; phone: 310-867-1952; email: info@SpotlightPRcompany.com

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Your feedback from Tammy Lynn's PR Workshop:

Really, really liked it. I have something in mind for which I want to get press. In addition to breaking down the basics of how things work she gave me ideas of what I can work on RIGHT now to collect materials and get myself ready to work with her. Awesome. Thank you!

-Dava K

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I really dug it... She was great and I got a lot out of it. And I won the raffle! So I'm hooked!

-Brendan H

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The PR workshop was great! I really didn't know ANYTHING about PR before the workshop. Now I see how I REALLY need it for my acting career. I especially liked how Tammy emphasized to start with your local hometown paper, they're always interested in natives who are now working in Hollywood, even when you book co-star roles. I can't wait 'til I have someting to promote so that I can call Tammy Lynn (cross our fingers it's soon)!!

-Tamika P

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I thought the workshop was great!! I knew nothing about PR going into it, and now I feel I have basic understanding of it and the importance of it. Tammy was terrific. She was very friendly and made a potentially dry subject very interesting and entertaining. I think she covered a lt of material and thoroughly answered questions for anyone who asked. The raffle was cool too!

-Alena M

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Kate VanDevender's FANTASTIC Reels!!!

Guys – I am soooooooooooooo impressed with this woman’s work. If you need to create a reel outta nothing (literally) or add to what you’ve got – well, all I can say CHECK HER OUT. Yum! Her webisodes are PERFECTION!!!! Love, Les
Steph J in my Thursday Day class says, “She really is a one-stop shop. She directs, edits, produces, writes, acts, programs. All top-notch. She's a huge believer in production quality. She's worked with a lot of actors on creating content for their reels too. She's a joy to work with and is beyond creative. She also has EXCELLENT comedic instincts.  Her own web comedy, "The Actor Diaries" can be found here: http://www.actordiaries.com/. The Actor Diaries has since been optioned, and FOX has offered her a deal after finding it online.  She will be writing and starring in a new Fox web series called "Temporary Insanity," which will eventually turn into a tv pilot.*

Kate loves, loves, loves editing actor reels and building actor websites.  Check out all her work at:
www.imagineedit.com. You can reach Kate at kate@imagineedit.com as well as 917-678-6155.

Of Note:
*Michael Eisner's company called her to set up a meeting to discuss working together on a web series. *ICM contacted her to discuss representation as a writer.