I'm currently considering going to LA for a few months & would like to know how difficult or fairly easy it would be to find a job either in bar, restaurant or retail work. The areas that i would like to work are Hollywood, Sunset Strip, or Santa Monica.Can anyone advise me please?
Umm, I don't think work comes easy for foreigners in the US. You could try going through an organisation such as BUNAC www.bunac.com but with them I think you have to be a student on a gap year or have a Uni placement I am not sure. I think also, maybe you could get work without being a student but it would be in a hot dog stand/fairground etc. and you would only have so much time but I am unsure. It isn't easy. Also you would have to make sure you have the necessary visa etc. sorted out beforehand. Ask at your travel agents and they may be able to help more with advise.
Visas have been harder to get lately to work over here in the USA, partly because of Sept. 11th and more so because the effects that day has had on the economy over here.
That being said, if you do have the proper paperwork in order to work over here L.A. is an easy enough place to find hourly wage work, such as the type you mention. I don't know about your language skills, but in LA it helps a lot if you can speak Spanish. There was even talk last year of California formally adopting Spanish as an official second language for the state. I don't think that happened, but it goes to show how much use Spanish gets there.
Be careful going to LA though, more so than most major cities I have spent time in there are places there you don't want to live/visit/accidently drive through.... For the most part though LA was a good time, even though I don't think I could ever live on the West Coast again myself.
San Diego in my opinion is a much more fun place to be, but if your heart is set on Hollywood(most of which is a crap hole) I wish you the best of luck with it.
It should be relatively easy to find work in the fields you're looking for. I live in a Suburb of the LA Area (Arcadia). Many of the local's love British accents so long as your diction is clear. Like any other large city, LA does have area's you want to avoid. Keep in mind it's often called the 2nd largest Spanish speaking city in the world.
to be honest, if you are good-looking, have a british accent, proper working papers, and some experiance in your field, i think you would be able to find SOMETHING in L.a.