Posts Tagged “brian darling”

The Darlings

By | September 26, 2017

Can an OUT Gay man be a pro race car driver? In an all straight sport, can Evan Darling succeed and make it back to the winners circle?

Evan Darling, Professional Race Car Driver and extreme sports enthusiast is “Googling” his brother, Brian Darling on the internet and finds Business Manager Brian Darling instead. They strike up a conversation. Complete opposites, Evan and Brian bond as brothers, and quickly become the brothers they never had, forming a strong and unbreakable duo.

While looking for racing sponsors and getting back on the race track, Evan brings Brian out of his shell and they go on wild adventures at 150 miles per hour around a track. Evan was a successful pro until he came out publicly, and then lost all his sponsors. Brian kicks and screams the entire time, and struggles to keep up. Evan is very competitive. Brian would rather be in a spa or sitting by the pool.

Evan pushes Brian to find his inner sense of adventure and to try crazy wild new things. Will Evan find a new sponsor and be accepted in the all straight sport of Pro racing?

Business Management and building a solid financial infrastructure

By | February 21, 2015

It is more important than ever for everyone to always know the following four things:

  1. Your assets
  2. Your liabilities
  3. Your income
  4. Your expenses

Are you saving for retirement? Do you earn enough income to cover your current expenses? Are you living within your means? Are you adequately insured? How much savings and income will you need after you retire? Do you have an emergency fund?

Let’s face it, money DOES make the world go ’round. We all want financial stability and a huge bank balance, but often times there are unexpected expenses, health issues, and a myriad of other things that can deplete a savings account very quickly, and throw your life into financial chaos. What if you suddenly become unable to work? Do you have a plan B?

Planning for the future and giving your daily finances the proper attention can make all the difference. But this can be a daunting task. Many quickly feel overwhelmed with credit card offers, promotional “discounts”, and “no interest financing” deals. You get a new smart phone, and sign a 2 year contract, and then a hot new model comes out. Your friend turns you on to a “great investment” opportunity, your neighbor gets a nicer car than you have.

Technology has accelerated our lives to the point where many people simply cannot keep up, and they often amass huge debt, that they ultimately cannot repay. Your liabilities mount up, and perhaps your assets become depleted. You get laid off of your job. Your series does not get renewed. Your contract ends. You get a late notice in the mail. Your insurance lapses. Here is where a great Business Manager can help.

Your Business Manager will assist with bringing all your financial pieces and organize them all into one detailed financial statement. They will insure all your bills are paid timely, and accurately record all of your deposits and income as well. This service is particularly helpful and necessary for people with multiple sources of income, or multiple residences/rental property, etc. . A second set of eyes can help identify suspicious activity, eliminate duplication of services or work flow and most importantly, give you the peace of mind knowing that you are always aware of what is going on in YOUR financial life.

Ultimately this will SAVE money. Information is power, and financial organization is a key element. We all file tax returns, and we all have bills to pay. Business Managers work WITH your CPA, Investment Advisors and Wealth Managers, Attorneys and others on your team. They help you live within your means, save for retirement, or whatever your financial goals may be, and they do it efficiently, and accurately.

I’ve been a Business Manager in Los Angeles since 1988, and have assisted hundreds of clients predominantly in the Entertainment Industry, and high net worth clientele. The improvement of technology has allowed Business Managers and Accountants to bring these high end services to many more clients. We assist LGBT individuals and couples contemplating marriage, and help them navigate through uncharted tax situations and scenarios. Professional Athletes engage these services. Busy Executives, Attorneys, and Entrepreneurs find great value by outsourcing these services. Wealth Managers frequently refer their clients to Business Managers, and CPA’s. Your overall financial position is ultimately as strong as your financial “team”.

Invest in yourself; invest in your financial well being; live a happy life. I’d like to partner with you and help you get there, and put all the financial pieces together so you ALWAYS maintain a great financial balance, today, tomorrow, and every day. Please contact me directly to start on the path to building YOUR solid financial infrastructure. Your Business Manager is your financial quarterback and trusted advisor.

LGBT Pride Month Spotlight: Cyndi Lauper

By | June 3, 2014

Cyndi Lauper’s music let her rise to fame, but today she may be more well known for her LGBT activism than for her songs.

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Photo by Cary Bass-Deschenes. Used under CC 2.0

Beloved by the LGBT community, Cyndi played pride concerts all through the 80s and 90s when it wasn’t as cool and trendy as it is today. Her countless equality efforts include the massive True Colors Tour benefiting the Human Rights Campaign, the Forty to None campaign that seeks to eliminate the staggering problem of homelessness among LGBT youths, and her Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots, which addresses the acceptance of drag queens in society. She was even present at the White House when President Obama signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law in 2009.

A true hero to the LGBT community, Cyndi Lauper is one of the most important and influential advocates for equality of the last 30 years.

Buy The Essential Cyndi Lauper on Amazon – CD & MP3, Great Deal!

Documentary BEFORE YOU KNOW IT by PJ Raval opens in LA June 13

By | June 1, 2014

The award winning documentary Before You Know It will be making it’s Los Angeles theatrical debut on June 13th at Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills. Director PJ Raval followed three gay seniors as they go through the usual struggles of reaching old age while being gay in today’s society.

The film has been praised by critics for its intimate profile of an often overlooked group within the LGBT community. Many have found the doc emotional and inspiring as it sheds light on some important issues while delving into the personal stories of three very different men united by their common sexuality and challenges.

IndieWIRE called Before You Know It “A crucial addition to the LGBT doc canon”. Now, after appearing in theaters and festivals all over the world, the film is set for its Los Angeles run. Click here to go to the event page on Facebook for all the details. 

Watch PJ Raval on The Brian Darling Show where he talks about the film, his inspiration as a director, and the state of the LGBT community. 

For more information about the movie, visit the website: www.BeforeYouKnowItFilm.com

PJ’s website can be found at www.unraval.com

PJ Raval: Documentary Filmmaker

By | December 3, 2013

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Season 1, Episode 5

Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s ‘25 new faces of independent film 2006′ and Out Magazine’s ’100 OUT 2010′, PJ Raval discovered film and video after working with photography and media installation art. His latest film BEFORE YOU KNOW IT follows three gay seniors as they navigate life and the challenges of being gay in your golden years. The documentary has played at festivals and theaters all over the world. Brian and PJ talk about the film, his inspiration as a filmmaker, and the star of the LGBT community.

PJ’s previous film TRINIDAD is a feature documentary that uncovers Trinidad, Colorado’s transformation from Wild West outpost to “sex change capital of the world” and follows three influential transgender women who may steer the rural ranching town toward becoming the “transsexual mecca”. Called “a must see” by Ellen Huang (GLAAD), TRINIDAD won the Cleveland International Film Festival Documentary Jury Award and currently can been seen on SHOWTIME as well as MTV’s LOGO network.

For more about the film, visit the website: www.BeforeYouKnowItFilm.com
For more PJ, go to www.unraval.com

Lorri L. Jean: LA LGBT Center

By | November 26, 2013

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Season 1, Episode 4

Lorri L. Jean is nationally recognized as one of the most seasoned and effective leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) civil rights movement. In 2007 and 2008, OUT Magazine listed her as one of the 50 most powerful gay and lesbian people in the nation.

In November, 2006, Los Angeles Magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people in Los Angeles. Jean currently serves as CEO of the L.A. LGBT Center (formerly L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center), the world’s largest LGBT organization with nearly 400 full time employees and 3,000 volunteers serving over a quarter million people each year.

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3 Significant Events in LGBT History

By | September 25, 2013

September is a milestone month in LGBT history. Today, I read an article about three different events that happened on September 20. The events happened in three different decades and really helped move the LGBT movement forward and backward (according to how you look at it).

I was very young when the first one took place so I don’t remember much about it but the other two I remember very well.

So what are these three events? Well, in 1973, Tennis superstar Billie Jean King faced Bobby Riggs in the ‘Battle of the Sexes.’ King Won. In 1996, President Bill Clinton announced he would sign the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which recognized married being between a man and a woman. Then, in 2011 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the US policy on gays serving in the military, was repealed.

Of course, this month Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated at a friend’s same-sex wedding so September continues to deliver.

Check out the entire article about September 20 here. It includes great videos.

Moustache Masquerade Ball for AIDS Life Cycle

By | May 25, 2013

I had the pleasure of spending an evening with Traci Dinwiddie during her fabulous Moustache Masquerade Ball in support of her AIDS Life Cycle involvement.

Traci recently appeared as a guest on our show, and we had a ball discussing LGBT topics, yoga and her acting career.

Watch Traci Dinwiddie on The Darling Show.

Brian Darling & Traci Dinwiddie

Visit www.TheDarlingShow.com.

Opening Night of Peter Pan at the Pantages Theatre

By | January 17, 2013

Brian Darling at the opening night for Peter Pan, Pantages Theater

For tickets and more information go to www.broadwayla.org

Barack Obama Concert in Los Angeles

By | October 8, 2012

I had an incredible time with my good friend and fellow Beverly Hills Chamber Ambassador Fauna Hodel during the Obama concert, which took place yesterday at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Such an amazing atmosphere!

Fauna Hodel & Brian Darling

President Barack Obama speaking at the Los Angeles, Nokia Theatre

Stevie Wonder at Obama concert, Nokia Theatre

Jon Bon Jovi at Obama concert, Nokia Theatre