Whether you’re excited for awards season, the Super Bowl, or any other winter/spring occasion, Blue Marble Cocktails
wants you to know that they are more than worthy for your consideration at your next gathering! Sure, boxed wine may be the latest trend, but Blue Marble makes all-natural, pre-mixed, ready-to-drink premium cocktails perfect for any occasion, or whenever you want to enjoy a quick, easy way to sip your favorite mixed drink. And we’re happy to say that you’ll never complain about a lack of alcohol, because these canned cocktails pack a punch!
Offering nine different mixed drinks, including classics like the Mojito, Moscow Mule and Greyhound, Blue Marble’s cocktails use ultra-premium distilled spirits, all-natural juices and handmade syrups. For a light refreshment, Blue Marble offers premium spiked seltzers, using vodka instead of beer malt, for a delicious beverage that has only 95 calories
! Loved by consumers and drink conniesours alike, these cocktails are making a splash in the food & beverage world. Last year, the World Premix Awards recognized Blue Marble’s Bloody Mary drink as the best ready-to-drink cocktail in the world!
When you drink Blue Marble, you’re also giving back to the Earth! Drawing its name from the iconic photo taken in 1972 by NASA’s Apollo 17 crew, Blue Marble is committed to ensuring their products are both high quality and earth-friendly. Created by co-founders Danyelle Rabine and Alan Miller, Blue Marble honors their ethos by using recyclable packaging and working with organizations dedicated to ocean conservation. Read on for a quick Q&A session, with answers provided by Alan Miller, about Blue Marble’s beginnings, name, and the process to decide new flavors and creating cocktails.
Q.: How did you get started?
A.: Danyelle and I wanted a better cocktail experience. We wanted a cocktail that could be served on a moment’s notice but it had to be premium and all-natural. After exhausting our efforts to find something for our family and friends, we set out to make something spectacular for the world. Honestly we were so frustrated with what was in the market we said to each other – let’s do it. We changed people’s perception on how good a cocktail out of can could be. It took years to develop the brand, formulate and build our own state-of-the-art factory. Working with your spouse can be challenging. Long days and nights with lots of stress could take a toll on most couples but it fortified our love for each other and the business. We both share a passion of creating smiles and that’s what our spirits, seltzers and cocktails do, they make people smile.
Q.: Why did you choose the name “Blue Marble”?
A.: We wanted our company name to represent who we are! The NASA astronauts coined the term Blue Marble when they looked back at from outer space but to us we wanted the name of the company to resonate all-natural and bring awareness to the single-use plastic problem and the destruction we are doing to our oceans, reefs and beaches. Blue Marble was a natural fit!
Q.: How did you decide on flavors and ingredients?
A.: Easy we wanted to give people popular drinks that can be difficult to make themselves. The ingredients were more complex as we wanted to use only the best ingredients from around the world. The best ingredients make the best beverages. We haven’t cut cost by using cheap artificial flavors, substitutes or dyes. All of our products are gluten free and you will know you are drinking premium from your first sip. We made our new seltzers with vodka – not with beer malt like a lot of the popular brands use. We want only the best for our customers.
Q. What is the process for creating new seltzers, spirits or cocktails?
A.: Extremely difficult! When you are mixing 20,000 gallons a day of product, consistency is everything. We had to build our own manufacturing facility to ensure quality, and now we are producing products for some of the biggest companies in the world. Years of work go into each flavor and our mixing teams are some of the best out there. Lots of things go into our beverages; needs assessment, route to market, development timeline, branding, and success plan and a lot of love. I guess the one big benefit creating new cocktails, spirits and seltzers, is lots of taste testing!
With award season in full swing, there will be parties and celebrations of all kinds. However, who can say that they’ve attended the most coveted party of all — and how would they describe the most over-the-top way to celebrate and watch the Oscars? It’s likely that not many can attest to the experience being offered by Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills.
Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is providing a (nearly) front row seat to the hottest award show this season! For those wishing to view the star-studded Academy Awards ceremony in style in the heart of Beverly Hills, Viceroy L’Ermitage is offering an exclusive private viewing party package for up to 15 people. This glamourous $15,000 package is complete with a multi-screen broadcast for the most ideal viewing experience outside of a seat at the show itself. Guests receive exclusive access to the famed Pavillion, a private wing of the building originally built as Michael Jackson’s personal suite. Celebrate your favorite winners with free-flowing Dom Perignon and Regiis Ova Caviar for the duration of the ceremony as well as a selection of special menu items, made specifically for the evening, courtesy of the hotel’s French bistro, Avec Nous.
This offer will surely be swept up quickly, so it’s recommended that those interested move with haste.
To learn more about this package, please call 310-860-8660.
Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is located at 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
About Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
“Since opening in 1975, Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills has been the epitome of Hollywood glamour. It all starts with the uncompromising privacy of our location on a tree-lined residential street that’s less than a mile from the bustle of Rodeo Drive. Take in our breathtaking address. You’ll soon discover that the peaceful surroundings are just a prelude to the understated elegance and unrequited privacy you’ll enjoy inside.
That’s because this is more than a hotel. It’s an institution that has stood the test of time and long attracted Hollywood’s brightest stars. Since 2000, we’ve earned the Forbes Five-Star designation and were named #1 Hotel in Los Angeles by Travel + Leisure 2018 World’s Best Awards. The industry, as well as anyone seeking the star treatment, still considers us ‘the place’ for modern luxury and it only takes one visit here to feel the vibe and see why.”
If you’re a fan of international flavors, the latest seasonal offerings from AllBright West Hollywood‘s restaurant will have you swooning. Having just opened this past September and situated in the heart of Melrose Place, the women’s social club adds an elegant dining experience to Los Angeles. AllBright’s Executive Chef, Sabrina Gidda’s award-winning culinary expertise is appraised internationally including BBC’s Great British Menu. Encompassing the mission to champion women, AllBright’s restaurant spotlights local female-led farms, businesses, and fantastic artisanal producers who create incredible ingredients, ensuring all of our dishes are as vibrant and effortlessly delicious as possible.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, AllBright’s latest fare features dishes including, Baja Fish Tacos, Caulifower and Kale Orzo, Korean Spiced Salmon and Burrata and Pumpkin. Not to mention, AllBright is one of two restaurants in LA where you can find OMISO by I Fujimoto (her delicious miso sauce sells out in the first hour every Sunday at Hollywood’s Farmers Market!). Working with female supplies from farms, artisanal producers, and female businesses at the farmers market Gidda has created an impeccable menu and dining experience.
In addition, AllBright features a phenomenal beverage menu curated by their in-house mixologist featuring a seasonal selection of crafted cocktails, each inspired by powerful women. AllBright’s signature cocktails, “Paloma Del Carmen” named after Carmen Villareal of Los Vecinos Mezcal — the first female-ran mezcal distillery in Oaxaca, Mexico — and the “Lovelace Gin & Tonic” featuring Ada Lovelace gin, inspired by the first female computer programmer. In addition, if you’re participating in Dry January, AllBright is also offering mock-tails!
About AllBright West Hollywood
Here in our kitchen at AllBright West Hollywood, we have sourced the best ingredients for the menus we create. Wherever possible, we have chosen to champion female led farms, businesses, or fantastic artisanal producers who create incredible ingredients, ensuring all of our dishes are as vibrant and e ortlessly delicious as possible. We use cage free eggs, grass fed beef, wild caught seafood and free range poultry and meat. Our produce is sourced daily from local Southern California farmers markets. In living by these guidelines, we’ve managed to create a rotating menu highlighting the incredible Mediterranean microclimates, and the fruits and vegetables that represent the richness of the state of California. We welcome you to visit the list bellow to better familiarize yourself with the incredibly hard working people who have made this meal possible.
With the new decade upon us, famed actor and acting coach, Zak Barnett, is using his talents to provide one of the best resources to the emerging acting and film industry hopefuls of L.A. The Zak Barnett Studio is officially open, giving young talent the opportunity to get a VIP learning experience from some of the industry’s top professionals. Check out our Q&A with Zak below on everything the membership has to offer.
Q: What first brought you to Hollywood / SoCal?
A: I came to L.A. in my late twenties. I had spent the decade previous teaching acting, as well as serving as the Artistic Director of a theater company where I wrote and directed plays. I had the opportunity to Co-direct and star in a feature film “Less” that was making the festival circuit–it seemed like it was time to make the move.
Q: How did you become an acting coach in Los Angeles and tell us about what your studio offers in terms of classes and coaching style?
A: How did I become an acting coach in LA?
I’ve been an actor, writer, director since I was a kid. I remember the first thing I ever said I wanted to be when I was a kid was a great poet. Never a fireman, or police officer– always a great poet. Although I’ve worked in many different art forms since I was a kid, including being a teacher, coach and business owner, being a poet has always been the throughline. To me, that means looking below the surface, and looking for the beauty, connection and meaning in all things.
When I was 17, I went to NYU, Tisch School of the Arts for Dramatic Writing. In my third semester, I suffered a traumatic incident, where I lost my proprioception-my mind’s ability to know where my body was in space. No one could explain to me what was happening, or how to fix it–I was deemed psychotic by a psychiatrist who never looked up from his prescription pad, and walked out into the world for the first time, without any roadmap, or path to healing.
Refusing the doctors diagnosis, I dropped out of school and moved to Japan in search of answers. At this point, the expression “wherever you go, there you are” comes to mind. Realizing I needed to find my own way through this, and running to some foreign land was not the answer, I moved to San Francisco and set up shop.
The only way I really had of putting the world together was acting, writing and directing, so I started a theater company with my late partner/creative genius, Dwayne Calizo, and attempted to put my mind, body and spirit, literally, back together again. Acting and creating new work, became a path to healing for me. The themes of spirituality and activism were steeped in my work and process, as they served as binding elements to my disassociated mind and body, and my creative and spiritual practices became my means of healing.
We performed one of our new works, at this radical college, New College of California, and the President and Dean of the school were so interested in the work we were doing, they asked us to create a BA, MA and MFA Performing Arts Program for them. I spent seven years Co-Chairing that program which was the first BA, MA and MFA program in the country that focussed on the themes of experimentation, activism and spirituality.
I then Co-directed and starred in a film called “Less”, which was about a man who gave up all of his worldly possessions, and “chose to be homeless” in search of meaning after losing his family in a rafting accident. The film brought me to LA.
While auditioning and getting to know the LA Market, I taught at one of the big acting studios in town. I worked there for nearly a decade with actors of all ages–taught 6 or 7 classes a week, coached literally thousands of actors, and got to know intimately the needs of auditioning and working in LA. It was a great Hollywood apprenticeship and I literally put in my second round of 10,000 hours.
In creating ZBS, I wanted to put together the focus on artistic process, healing, spirituality and activism from my healing and professor days, with the rigor and specificity of my Hollywood coaching days. The ZBS curriculum and culture focuses foremost on the art and craft of acting, while integrating deep personal development work drawing on the themes of activism and spirituality. We look at acting more as a martial art–a self study and application that is done in service to one’s spiritual balance as well as to the healing of the audience and society at large. This results in actors that are extremely connected themselves, know who they are, and how they want to influence the world. This kind of work breeds charisma, and a heightened presence, or as we say in Hollywood, “star quality”.
Q: What makes Southern California a unique place to pursue your acting career ? Are there any places that you recommend for students for motivation or inspiration (parks, museums, special resources.)
A: That’s such a cool question. The first answer is that LA is the entertainment capital of the world. It’s always been a huge part of my dream, and I think it is of many artists, to work with the most skilled, creative and accomplished artists there are. LA is the olympics. The place is overflowing with creativity and ambition, and that’s exhilerating. You can stay in a smaller market. You can be a big fish in a small pond, whether it’s Atlanta, or Chicago, or the small town you grew up in–OR, you can test your metal, and see how far you can go when you’re challenged far beyond what you think you’re capable of. Working as an actor in LA is a spiritual test. It forces you to let go, because the odds are just not rational, and you are forced to lead with your heart, your guts, and your faith in a destiny that you can only sense, and sometimes you can’t even do that.
In terms of sources of inspiration, they abound culturally and naturally. I’m someone that thrives in nature. At least once a week, I’m either wandering around Venice beach, on a hike in Malibu, or writing my book up in Ojai. I love that I am surrounded by all of these natural wonders. If it wasn’t for them, I’m not sure I could navigate the pressure and rigor of my career.
Q: Tell us about the new Membership Program and why it sets Zak Barnett Studios apart from other acting schools. What are the steps for joining?
I should start by saying that we will continue to offer classes, private coaching etc in the a la carte way we always have. Membership is simply a more economical way for committed actors to develop over a longer period of time.
Membership has been something we’ve wanted to do from the very beginning. As “A Whole Self Conservatory for the Working Actor”, we bring together many of the services and training an actor needs to be successful, with the practices that help an actor stay sane, grounded and connected to what makes them most unique and magnetic.
We offer two distinctive versions: one designed for actors that live in or around L.A., called the “L.A. Membership”, and one designed for actors that live outside of L.A., called the “Jetsetter Membership”.
Our “L.A. Membership” emphasizes weekly class as the primary component, accented with audition coaching, role prep, intensives, community events and mentorship. Our “Jetsetter Membership” is designed for actors that live outside of LA, that are either trying to transition into the LA Market, or have no intention of leaving where they are, but want quality, ongoing training. It’s primary component is Skype coaching, and it’s accented with our weeklong intensives, mentorship, classes and community/industry events when the student is in town.
We believe our membership programs are the answer to several ongoing struggles actors find themselves in:
1. It’s difficult for working actors to commit to a long term course of study, because of the unpredictability of bookings. We have created the memberships to have maximum flexibility for an actor’s busy life.
2. Aspiring and professional actors living outside of L.A. don’t have access to the quality of training they actually need to be competitive in the L.A. market. With our emphasis on individually tailored coaching and classes through SKype, as well as weeklong intensives thoughout the year, we bring LA training to the rest of the world.
3. L.A. can be a lonely place–add the extreme ups and downs of being an actor to the mix, and for many actors, it can just be too heavy of a burden to shoulder alone. In an industry that is so rife with ups and downs, knowing that you have a creative community where you can hang your hat, and will at the same time, challenge you to reach your greatest creative potential, is invaluable.
Q: What Sets ZBS Apart?
A: The ZBS curriculum focuses foremost on the art, craft and profession of acting, while integrating deep personal developmental work drawing on the themes of activism and spirituality. We look at acting more as a martial art–a self study and application that is done in service to one’s personal well being, as well as to the healing of the audience and society at large. This results in actors that are extremely connected themselves, know who they are, and how they want to influence the world. This kind of work breeds charisma, and a heightened presence, or as we say in Hollywood, “star quality”.
There are eleven teachers currently at the studio that come from very diverse backgrounds. Many acting studios are structured with one master teacher and then a series of “mini-me’s”. I was very clear in starting the studio that if this is my life’s purpose, which I believe it is, I want to be surrounded by the absolute best teachers I could find. All of us have at least twenty years of experience studying the craft of acting—many of us, including myself, have over twenty years teaching it. That said, the thing that unites us is the organizing principle of the studio, “The more connected you are to yourself, the more connected you are to any character”. There is a defined curriculum, with each class meeting an industry need, as well as a more artistic and personal development need.
I had a teacher once say, “If you know three things, you will see three things in a script. If you know a million, you will see a million, because essentially you are seeing yourself.” Our goal is to expand the student’s awareness in their life, so the characters they create are as complex, rich and layered as they are.
I think many acting studios may keep some of these elements as their goal, but none I’ve encountered give you the path to getting there. For instance, an actor may hear, “Just be yourself”. Problem is, telling someone to “be themselves” is like telling someone to “Just let go” when they’re stressed out. There is a “how” to learning to “just be yourself” and our curriculum, structures that out.
Q: How does someone enroll?
A: Most people come to us through industry referral. I’d say 80% come from agents and managers, which creates a natural vetting process. That said, it’s not a necessity. When someone calls, we’ll have a conversation about their experience, we’ll look at resumes, reels and recent self-tapes, etc. and find the right fit. If they are less experienced, they may need to start with private coaching before entering a class–it just depends. Ultimately, membership does get granted through industry referral, audition (via self tape or reel), or invitation.
Q. How did you select the panelists for the upcoming launch event and what can members look forward to for 2020?
A: We wanted to focus on tv writers, producers and showrunners from a variety of genres, with diverse backgrounds that work on diverse networks. We really wanted to look at a wide swath of the voices that comprise television today, in order to discuss its collective cultural and artistic impact, and discuss them in the context of the studios three themes: spirituality, entertainment and activism. We pulled from our colleagues and friends to bring together this incredible group.
Q: What advice do you have for actors going into pilot season which begins early 2020?
A: Be ready. Frankly, be in class and/or working on your craft every day. Do your own self-tapes. Have an accountability buddy, and send each other self tapes. Some pilot seasons people will have fifty auditions, sometimes one, sometimes none. The idea is that as soon as you get called into the game, you’re warmed up and ready to go.
The biggest issue for actors is navigating stress and fear. Someone could have all the talent in the world, but if fear has the better of them, that talent will go unseen. Typically, the more talent someone has, the more fear and stress they also experience. By walking towards that fear and learning to take it in hand on a daily basis, you learned how to harness its energy and it becomes the force behind your talent. On the other hand, if you’re out of practice, your fear becomes the force that obstructs your talent.
So my advice is stay ready. It is not yours to know what opportunities will come your way, and whether those opportunities are meant for you in the end–that is the workings of some larger plan. Your responsibility is to be ready.
Q. How can students who don’t live in SoCal be involved with you or the studio? Are there online courses or ways to connect in other cities?
A: Our “Jetsetter Membership” is designed for actors from out of town. It combines private coaching via Skype, which can be used for auditions, or ongoing weekly classes personalized to your needs, with weeklong intensives, such as our upcoming “pilot season intensive”, and a class pass while you’re in town, with ongoing mentorship/student assessments, etc. It’s a fantastic way for actors living in other markets to get the highest quality training LA has to offer from wherever they are in the world. All of those services (skype coaching, intensives, class packages, etc) are also offered on an a la carte basis for actors as well.
Q: You started as an actor. If you could tell your younger self 3 tips you’ve learned from now coaching all these years, what would those tips be?
You must be willing to know yourself, and heal the parts of yourself that are broken–these parts of you are not a distraction, or an obstacle. They are the key to your talent.
Find a community. You cannot do this alone. As Kermit the frog says, “Life is better shared”.
Think of your art and your career like surfing–you are in SoCal after all! You are learning to join your will with the momentum of something much larger and stronger than you. Whether that something is the entertainment industry, your destiny, or the mysterious craft of becoming another person, you must be willing to move with what is given on any given day, and in any given moment. Be humble and know that if you’re doing it right, you won’t know where it’s taking you, but you will simultaneously, experience indescribable freedom.
Q: Where can we catch some of your students on the big screen? Or you on the screen next?
A: Frankly, my students are everywhere. Last year alone we had 78 students working as series regulars. Some of our coaching clients have won both Oscars and Emmys. I can’t mention some of the most well known actors, but I will say some recent breakouts include longtime students Danielle Macdonald (Unbelievable, Birdbox, Dumplin) and Madelaine Petsch (Riverdale), as well as former students Storm Reid (Wrinkle in Time, Euphoria, When They See Us), Austin Abrams (Euphoria, Less Than Zero, Brad’s Status), and Rosa Salazar (Undone, Alita: Battle Angel, Maze Runner)—all of which are making huge strides in their careers right now. I also work with production companies and networks—sometimes coaching the lead in the show, other times working with the directors to get the most out of their actors (which I do privately with directors as well). Most recently, I was brought on by the production company to prepare the lead in Kenny Ortega’s new show, “Julie and the Phantoms”, set to premiere on Netflix.