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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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United States

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Panoply

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep. 160: Take Control Of Your Career

6/4/2020
Note: This episode was recorded before the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer led to nation-wide protests. We stand with the African-American community and believe black lives matter. Liz and Sarah relearn a lesson they’ve learned before. It’s time to take control of their career! Spec pilot, here they come. In Take Two, listeners offer suggestions about how Sarah can “choose a smaller life” during Covid-19. One idea? Say “no” to at least one thing a day. In The Mailroom,...

Duration:00:25:32

Ep. 159: Dolores Huerta On Activism, Feminism, And Resilience

5/28/2020
Sarah gives a shout out to all the truck drivers who made her grueling RV drive to Kansas City and back better and safer. Then Liz and Sarah talk to iconic labor leader and activist, Dolores Huerta, about her decades long fight for social justice. At ninety years old, is she finally able to relax? The answer is absolutely not. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from Everything Happens host, Kate Bowler: reassess the Covid-19 situation every two weeks (and don’t stress about it in between)....

Duration:00:28:51

Ep. 158: Managing The Personal To Manage The Professional

5/21/2020
Liz and Sarah discuss the need to get their personal situations in order so that they can more effectively focus on work during this global pandemic. Sarah’s solution to her childcare issue? Renting an RV to go pick up her step-mother, Anna, in Kansas City! In Hits & Bombs, Liz and Sarah give a shared Hit to Satellite Sister, Lian Dolan, for her new book, The Sweeney Sisters. They also give a shared Bomb to people who refuse to wear masks in public. Then Sarah gives herself a Hit for...

Duration:00:24:32

Ep. 157: Meet Our New Manager And Combating Zoom Fatigue

5/14/2020
Liz and Sarah talk to their new manager, Dianne Fraser, about exactly what a manager does, how managers are different from agents, and how aspiring writers can get a manager of their own. Pro tip? Follow up a query email with a call to the office. In Take A Hike, Sarah reveals her desire to “choose the smaller life” during this global pandemic. This week’s Hollywood Hack will help fight Zoom fatigue: instead of a Zoom work meeting have a walking conference call. Join our Facebook group:...

Duration:00:29:39

Ep. 156: Dressing For Zoom Meetings With Emmy-Nominated Costume Designer Allyson Fanger

5/7/2020
Liz and Sarah have their minds blown by Emmy-nominated Costume Designer, Allyson Fanger, who says dressing for Zoom meetings isn’t just about what you wear. It’s also about what else is in the frame. Pro tips? Production design your space, wear a shirt with a collar, and choose bold glasses. This week’s Take A Hike comes from Sarah’s daughter, Violet: take comfort in the notion of “eventually.” Finally, Liz and Sarah share a Hollywood Hack from Liz’s mom — bring in an expert. Join our...

Duration:00:27:00

Ep. 155: More Lightning Listener Questions!

4/30/2020
Liz and Sarah are answering your questions — and they’re answering them fast! What’s their favorite part of writing for television? When an actor gets an Executive Producer credit... what does that mean exactly? Will the current situation make it easier or harder for unrepresented writers to get hired? Are spec scripts still a thing? What will happen during the pandemic once networks run out of shows they have in the can? Will there be lots of reruns? How are Liz and Sarah working while...

Duration:00:27:04

Ep. 154: What Makes A Good Idea Good?

4/23/2020
Sarah shares her Covid-19 mantra: Does this matter? Liz’s is “closer, stronger, lighter.“ Then Liz and Sarah discuss how living through this extraordinary time is — surprisingly — making them want to take more professional risks. Is it finally time to “ride the dragon?” In The Craft (And Fain), they explore what makes a good idea good. The five elements: clarity, specificity, dynamics, legs, and relevance. In this week’s Hollywood Hack, both Sarah and Liz offer an app to keep you occupied at...

Duration:00:28:22

Ep. 153: Boosting Immunity And Tackling “Snack Bursts” With Dr. Melina

4/16/2020
Liz and Sarah reveal big news — they have representation. But they decided not to get an agent. Instead, they signed with badass manager, Dianne Fraser of Industry Entertainment! Now they have an all-female team — woot! In Take A Hike, Liz and Sarah talk to internist and board certified physician nutrition specialist, Dr. Melina Jampolis, about how we can use the food in our refrigerators and the spices in our pantries to boost our immunity while we stay safer at home. She also gives Liz...

Duration:00:32:47

Ep. 152: A Visit From Violet and Finding Money In Your Own Backyard

4/9/2020
Violet visits Happier In Hollywood to talk about being “safer at home” from a kid’s point of view. Then Liz and Sarah talk to author and host of Side Hustle School, Chris Guillebeau, about his new book The Money Tree. Chris says there’s money in your own backyard, and he challenges all of us to find it. In Hits & Bombs, Sarah gives herself a survival hit and Liz gives herself a writing bomb. This week’s Hollywood Hack will up your confidence level in Zoom meetings: use the “touch up my...

Duration:00:26:20

Ep, 151: How Covid-19 Has Shut Down Hollywood And Everywhere Else

4/2/2020
Covid-19 has changed our lives in big ways — and small. Sarah and Liz share some small, unexpected changes in their routines since they’ve been “safer at home.” Sarah gave up coffee — accidentally! Then they talk to fellow TV writer, Sarah Watson, about what it was like to have her Fox pilot shut down due to Covid-19. She went from producing a pilot and promoting her first novel, MOST LIKELY, to.... sitting in her house. How did she deal with the sudden absence of adrenaline? In Mailroom,...

Duration:00:30:19

Ep. 150: Maximizing Work Hikes And Building Community

3/26/2020
Note: This episode was recorded before life changed dramatically due to the Covid-19 virus. Following up on their discussion about whether to get an agent, Sarah and Liz share an email from a listener who has a definite opinion. Then they outline how they’ve maximized their work hikes by instituting best practices. Most important? Stop to take notes. In Take A Hike, they share big news about the Happier In Hollywood community: they’re a launching a weekly newsletter! To subscribe, go to...

Duration:00:21:52

Bonus Episode: Parenting And Staying Positive During The Covid-19 Crisis

3/21/2020
In the last two weeks, our world has turned upside down. Social distancing, remote learning, and WFH are now the new reality. Liz and Sarah talk to parenting expert Audrey Monke from the Sunshine Parenting podcast about how to stay positive and in the moment during an uncertain and frightening time. As owner of one of the top summer camps in the country for over thirty years, Audrey has spent her life researching and developing strategies for creating a fun, supportive, growth-focused...

Duration:00:25:02

Ep. 149: Say Something Right Away: A Seize The Day Episode

3/19/2020
Note: This episode was recorded before life changed dramatically due to the Covid-19 virus. Liz and Sarah follow up on their discussion about Schrodinger’s Cat (Episode 147). Some listener cats: IVF, college admissions, and moving. Then they talk about why we should all Seize The Day in work and life. In From The Treadmill Desks Of, they discuss why saying something RIGHT AWAY makes all the difference. The longer you wait, the harder it gets. In The Craft (And Fain), Liz and Sarah reveal one...

Duration:00:27:28

Ep. 148: Should We All Be Time Blocking? Probably.

3/12/2020
With so many irons in the fire, Liz and Sarah decide to try time blocking. Will task batching and day theming keep them on track? (We shall see...) Then, in Hollywood Jobs, they talk to JuVee Productions Creative TV Executive Karen Frost about her career trajectory and why being an agent’s assistant helped her get where she is today. Karen also shares how she co-founded WOC Hikes, a regular networking event for Women of Color in Hollywood. This week’s Hollywood Hack: share your successes!...

Duration:00:33:19

Ep. 147: Wrestling With Schrodinger’s Cat

3/5/2020
Liz and Sarah discuss the paradox of Shrodinger’s Cat — a thought experiment in which a theoretical cat is both alive and dead at the same time — and how it embodies their career right now. In Take Two, they revisit the subject of personal canaries in a coal mine. Some of their favorites from listeners? Browsing real estate sites, leaving cabinet doors open, cleaning pencil sharpeners, and green juicing. This week’s Hollywood Hack will help actors prep their scripts: the Sozy Annotator....

Duration:00:28:11

Ep. 146 Something From Nothing — It’s An Actual Thing

2/27/2020
Liz and Sarah discuss their realization that so much can come from something... even if nothing comes from it. An example? In preparing for a recent meeting that went nowhere, they came up with an idea for a new narrative fiction podcast — and read an amazing book that had been on their list for years. In Hits & Bombs, Sarah’s hit goes to her trip to Riverside to buy a loom — for the first time since her daughter was born she did something on the weekend JUST FOR HERSELF. And Liz gives...

Duration:00:30:15

Introducing The Baron of Botox

2/25/2020
Over two decades, Dr. Fredric Brandt went from a small dermatology practice in Miami to being Madonna's personal skincare consultant and the go-to for public figures desperate to stave off aging. His clients loved him. Fashion magazines profiled him. But as Brandt continued to build his empire—a best-selling product line, pristine homes in New York and Miami, and an absurd modern art collection—he was slowly becoming addicted to his own product. From Justine Harman and the team behind...

Duration:00:04:04

Ep. 145: The (TV Business) Times They Are A-Changin’

2/20/2020
It’s a small world! Liz and Sarah share an email from Kate Silver, the writer of the Spirit Magazine article “Turning Pink” that they mention in their American Beauties pitch bonus episode. Then they talk to writer Ben Acker about his new Audible Original, CUT AND RUN. The TV business is ever-changing, and more and more writers (like Ben and his writing partner Ben Blacker) are diving into the world of narrative audio. In The Mailroom, Liz and Sarah finally address a question that’s been on...

Duration:00:27:24

Ep. 144: What’s Your Personal “Canary In A Coal Mine?”

2/13/2020
Liz and Sarah talk about how to “hijack the meeting,” advice that comes from their friend and fellow TV writer, Moira Kirland. Then in Take A Hike, they each reveal their personal “canary in a coal mine.” What behavior reveals they’re more stressed out than they realize? Hint: Sarah’s “canary” looks a lot like a puppy. This week’s Hollywood Hack is a company that’s Rent The Runway for tablescaping: Social Studies. Finally, Liz had a Fryman Canyon Celebrity Sighting: Real House Husband of...

Duration:00:22:08

Ep. 143: Liz & Sarah Remind Themselves: It’s Not Personal!

2/6/2020
Liz and Sarah reveal that ABC passed on their PLASTICS pilot. They’re super bummed but bouncing back and moving on. One thing that’s helping them cope? Hiking. In The Mailroom segment, they answer a question from an assistant who’s wondering if she should stay at her well-paying job or go for a position that pays less but offers more opportunity. This week’s “Three C’s” Hollywood Hack will help listeners never miss an appointment: clarity, calendar, confirm. Finally Liz and Sarah had a...

Duration:00:23:52