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Happier in Hollywood

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Veteran TV writers Liz Craft and Sarah Fain demystify Hollywood by making career and personal struggles universal. Friends since high school and writing partners for 17 years, Liz and Sarah have survived and thrived in Tinseltown’s male-dominated entertainment industry, guided by blind optimism and a Midwestern work ethic. Along the way they've learned a lot about kicking ass, kissing ass, and office yoga.

Veteran TV writers Liz Craft and Sarah Fain demystify Hollywood by making career and personal struggles universal. Friends since high school and writing partners for 17 years, Liz and Sarah have survived and thrived in Tinseltown’s male-dominated entertainment industry, guided by blind optimism and a Midwestern work ethic. Along the way they've learned a lot about kicking ass, kissing ass, and office yoga.
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Veteran TV writers Liz Craft and Sarah Fain demystify Hollywood by making career and personal struggles universal. Friends since high school and writing partners for 17 years, Liz and Sarah have survived and thrived in Tinseltown’s male-dominated entertainment industry, guided by blind optimism and a Midwestern work ethic. Along the way they've learned a lot about kicking ass, kissing ass, and office yoga.

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English


Episodes

Ep. 127: Why “Enough Is Enough”

10/17/2019
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Liz and Sarah explain that even a “put” pilot isn’t a sure thing. Then they discuss why “enough is enough.” It’s tempting to over-write and over-speak, but don’t do it! Going on and on makes you look weak and unfocused. In their new segment, You’re The Boss, Liz and Sarah talk to author Morgan Simpson about his new book, What’s Running You? How to Become the Entrepreneur of Your Life. Morgan’s advice? Create your own Board of Directors. This week’s fashion Hollywood Hack: choose a signature...

Duration:00:30:32

Ep. 126: Embracing Your Weird With Felicia Day

10/10/2019
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Liz and Sarah talk with actor, web series creator, and New York Times best-selling author, Felicia Day, about her new book Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity. Liz and Sarah’s big take-away? They really need to be more playful. Then, in Take A Hike, they discuss why we should all be reacher-outers (in a not creepy way). This week’s Hollywood Hack is the perfect baby gift: affordable, customizable canvas tote bags. Finally, Liz has a Kardashian-adjacent Celebrity...

Duration:00:34:11

Ep. 125: Starting A Work Marathon, Ending A Heath Lull

10/3/2019
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Liz and Sarah share an email from a listener who gives a counterargument to their advice to “arrive early.” Then they announce their new development projects! They’ve sold two pilots — one to ABC and one to CBS. They discuss strategies to maintain their endurance for the months-long journey toward (hopefully) series pickups. In Take A Hike, Sarah reveals her health lull is over, and she’s diving headlong into a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. Sarah’s friend and real estate agent to the...

Duration:00:36:08

Ep. 124: Financial Insecurity, The Real Housewives, & Being An Only Parent: A Listener Questions Episode!

9/26/2019
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It’s a Listener Questions episode! Liz and Sarah open the mailbag and answer your questions. How does Liz feel about working at Sarah’s house? If they could be flies on the wall at someone else’s work, what would it be? How has Happier In Hollywood helped or hindered their TV writing career? Sarah and Liz give up the dirt on these and so many other questions. This week’s Hollywood Hack also comes from a listener: keep a twenty dollar bill tucked in your phone case for emergencies! The Real...

Duration:00:36:43

Ep. 123: How To Be A Happy Camper At Work With Audrey Monke

9/19/2019
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Liz and Sarah give an update on a listener suggestion that they coordinate their meeting outfits. They did it! And it was surprisingly easy. Their new vow? Try a personal shopper together. Then they discuss how to be — and create — happy campers at work with parenting expert Audrey Monke, author of Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults. Audrey owns Gold Arrow Camp, and her tips for developing a positive culture at camp are just as relevant to the...

Duration:00:30:03

Introducing Bachelor Happy Hour with Rachel & Ali

9/12/2019
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“Bachelor Happy Hour with Rachel & Ali” takes fans behind the scenes with all things Bachelor Nation-related in the first ever, official Bachelor podcast. You’ll hear from current cast members and get the details on what really happened when the cameras stopped rolling. Start listening now at: wondery.fm/inhollywood

Duration:00:09:37

Ep. 122: Everything Takes Forever

9/12/2019
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Inspired by an overheard conversation (and a thousand notes calls), Liz and Sarah ask listeners to weigh in on what makes a character “likable.” Then they discuss how to deal with the fact that everything— from a home remodel to a series sale— takes longer than you think it will. In their new segment, You’re The Boss, Liz and Sarah discuss their recent realization that doing the podcast has improved their pitching ability. How can we all develop skills that transfer to other elements of our...

Duration:00:28:23

Ep. 121: How To Conquer A “Health Lull” — We Asked, You Answered!

9/5/2019
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After an update on the great how-to-pronounce “gif” (is it a hard “g” or a soft “g”) debate of 2019, Liz and Sarah discuss the back-to-school productivity boost that September brings. Then they do a listener inspired Take Two deep dive on how to get out of health lull. Some favorite ideas? Reconnect with your “why” and treat being healthy like it’s a job. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from Sarah’s recent obsession with Candy Crush Saga: what’s the goal? “Gif” Pronunciation:...

Duration:00:29:39

Ep. 120: Sheri Salata’s Beautiful No— A Happier Labor Day Episode

8/29/2019
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The Onward Project is celebrating Labor Day with #HappierLaborDay! Liz and Sarah invite Sheri Salata (author of The Beautiful No, co-host of the podcast The Sheri & Nancy Show) to be their special Labor Day co-host! Sheri shares how a “beautiful no” led to her job as the powerhouse Executive Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Then they discuss how we can all have a happier work life by reframing work as creativity and innovation. Sheri’s Hollywood Hack? Make a radical change! Finally,...

Duration:00:36:37

Ep. 119: How To Get More Instagram Followers With Marketing Expert Jessica Berberian

8/22/2019
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Liz and Sarah have an update on their new office space in Sarah’s house. It’s done! And they love it! In From The Treadmill Desks Of, they reveal that Liz recently hit the wall and declared they needed a break. Turns out, taking a few days off made them way more productive when they came back. Then Liz and Sarah debut a new segment, You’re The Boss, about how we can all be in charge of our own careers. Starting with our social media presence. Umpqua Oats Director of Marketing, Jessica...

Duration:00:35:21

Ep. 118: Writing Blind: An Interview with TV Writers Jess Burkle and Ryan Knighton

8/15/2019
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Liz and Sarah share the details of their first Happier In Hollywood Q&A Cocktail Party. It was a huge success! Then they interview TV writers Jess Burkle and Ryan Knighton from the CW show “In the Dark” about how they navigate Hollywood while being blind, their superpower in the writers’ room, and why they hate being called “inspirational.” Then Liz and Sarah answer a listener question about whether we should all be wearing Mom Jeans/overalls to meetings. This week’s Hollywood Hack makes it...

Duration:00:38:31

Ep. 117: Creating A Room Of Our Own

8/8/2019
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Now that Liz and Sarah don’t have an official office, they’re creating “a room of their own” at Sarah’s house. While Sarah insists on following the feng shui guidelines in the book Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life, Liz just wants a functional, pleasant space to work in. Then they debut a new segment, The Craft (And Fain) on the craft of writing. Their first topic? Swim out. This week’s Hollywood Hack will make your legs red-carpet ready: Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs. Then Liz has a...

Duration:00:25:37

Ep. 116: The Compartmentalizing Struggle Is Real

8/1/2019
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Liz and Sarah discuss a listener suggestion that they coordinate their meeting outfits. Are they up for the task? Then they talk about the difficulty of compartmentalizing when they need to work on several projects at once. Next, Liz and Sarah answer a listener question about whether they think a different network president would have kept The Fix on the air. In Take A Hike, Sarah shares her “health lull.” She was so motivated to keep improving her health for so long, but now she feels over...

Duration:00:25:46

Ep. 115: Talking Work Wives With Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg of By The Book

7/25/2019
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Inspired by listener demand, Liz and Sarah announce their August 8th Happier In Hollywood Q & A Cocktail Party. (For more information email happierinhollywood@gmail.com.) Then Liz and Sarah talk to Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg, the cohosts of one of their favorite podcasts, By The Book, about being each other’s work wife. What IS a work wife? How is work marriage different from actual marriage? And what makes a work marriage successful? In Take Two, they revisit the subject of...

Duration:00:38:00

Ep.114: Don’t Take the Meeting!

7/18/2019
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Liz and Sarah discuss why they’ve recently decided NOT to take every meeting. Sometimes they need to go deep instead of going wide. Then Sarah’s recent bout of pneumonia is a reminder that we all need to listen to our bodies. In The Mailroom, Liz and Sarah tackle a listener question about whether they ever feel like the “weak link” in their partnership. Short answer? Yes! This week Sarah and Liz have a dual parenting bomb — failing to set up summer play dates. And they give a hit to their...

Duration:00:31:05

Ep. 113: On Being A Staff Writer

7/11/2019
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Liz and Sarah break down the experience of being a Staff Writer on a TV show with their former assistant turned TV writer, Brook Sitgraves Turner. Brook’s advice: show up prepared and stay late. In Take A Hike, Liz and Sarah discuss the concept of Swedish Death Cleaning and why we should all accumulate less stuff. Finally, Liz shares yet another Hollywood Hack that will help you achieve “meeting hair:” Dry Bar’s new 25 dollar 20 minute option! Brook Sitgraves Turner —...

Duration:00:35:06

Ep. 112: Shop Your Closet (And Other Strategies to Spend Less)

7/4/2019
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Liz and Sarah discuss the importance of saving money in Hollywood’s perennially unstable gig economy. Hint: avoid mindless spending. And shop your closet! Then they share a listener question about fertility and the problem/dilemma of waiting to start a family. Have they come to terms with having only children? Liz offers two Hollywood Hacks from entertainment attorney Michael Donaldson’s WGA workshop on negotiating: make the first offer, and negotiate in the other person’s space. Finally, a...

Duration:00:35:53

Ep. 111: Shawn Ryan on Picking Projects and Keeping Calm

6/27/2019
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Liz and Sarah talk to their mentor, the brilliant television writer/producer, Shawn Ryan (The Shield, S.W.A.T.), about how he picks projects. Spoiler alert: he actually needs to like the material. They also grill Shawn about his famous calm demeanor. Is he really as zen as he seems? In the Mailroom segment, Liz and Sarah answer a question about being a technical consultant for TV and movies. This week’s Hollywood Hack is an easy gift: a textable Starbuck’s gift card. Shawn Ryan:...

Duration:00:35:19

Ep. 110: The Perils and Promise of Free Work

6/20/2019
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Liz and Sarah discuss the issue of doing free work in Hollywood. It’s necessary, but how much is too much? And how can they do free work without resenting it? Then they answer a Mailroom Question about passion. Is it fair to expect people to be passionate about their work ALL of the time? And what do you do when you’re not feelin’ it? In L v. S (Lis versus Sarah), Sarah tries to convince Liz to try roller skating. Finally, in this week’s Hollywood Hack, Liz shares two tools that are helping...

Duration:00:27:03

Ep. 109: The Brilliance of Resilience

6/13/2019
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Everyone gets knocked down once in awhile— the question is, what do you do AFTER you get knocked down? If you’re resilient, you get back up! Liz and Sarah discuss the brilliance of resilience and share how working in the entertainment business has helped them develop their own resilience muscles. Then in a very special Take A Hike, executive producer Chuck Reed’s mom, Michelene Reed Laski, reveals why June 13th is a cherished anniversary for her Hollywood family— and why every family should...

Duration:00:25:25