Happier in Hollywood

Happier in Hollywood

By The Onward Project

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.

Episodes

Ep. 169: Set Safety, Mariachi, & The “Do We Want To Talk About It” Test

Liz and Sarah talk to director Dr. Rachel Raimist (Queen Sugar, Roswell New Mexico) about how she’s shooting safely during the time of Covid-19. What exactly are “color coded pod sets” anyway? In The Craft (And Fain), they reveal one of the key factors they use to determine their interest in a potential TV project. Does it pass the “Do We Want To Talk About It” test? This week’s Hollywood Hack is a great (affordable) way to celebrate a loved one while maintaining social distance: Hire a mariachi band! If you want to order a Happier In Hollywood rainbow Silipint travel cup with lid, email happierinhollywood@gmail.com for more information.  Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, Do The Thing, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Dr. Rachel Raimist https://www.rachelmakesmovies.com/ The White Paper: https://laist.com/2020/06/01/studios_guilds_release_guidelines_to_resume_production.php https://www.indiewire.com/2020/05/hollywood-safety-white-paper-film-tv-back-to-work-1202232613/ Mariachi Divas https://www.mariachidivas.com/
06/08/2038m 18s

Ep. 168: Are Your Goals And Your Time Aligned?

Liz and Sarah realize that they need to pay attention to whether their goals are in alignment with how they’re spending their time. It’s easy for all of us to get caught up in tasks and projects that don’t take us where we ultimately want to go. In Take A Hike, they discuss why “catastrophizing” is always a huge waste of time. Then they Amplify The Spinster Diaries, a new novel by TV writer Gina Fattore and their latest TV obsession — Vida, created by Tanya Saracho. This week’s Hollywood Hack is a life-changer for anyone desperately in need of a pandemic pedicure: foot peels. Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, Do The Thing, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! What’s Running You podcast (Liz’s interview with Morgan Simpson): http://www.morgansimpson.com/whats-running-you-ep-3-liz-craft/ The Spinster Diaries: https://bookshop.org/books/the-spinster-diaries/9781945551734 Vida: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7725422/ Dermora Foot Peel Mask: https://www.amazon.com/Pairs-Exfoliating-Foot-Peel-Mask/dp/B078WCTVV9/ref=sxts_sxwds-bia-wc-p13n1_0?cv_ct_cx=Foot+peel&dchild=1&keywords=Foot+peel&pd_rd_i=B078WCTVV9&pd_rd_r=625feb11-edb6-4942-a44b-63040c93c376&pd_rd_w=f1zz5&pd_rd_wg=mg6Ui&pf_rd_p=13bf9bc7-d68d-44c3-9d2e-647020f56802&pf_rd_r=KSPFHS5S323AJWG7CHJ1&psc=1&qid=1595963614&sr=1-1-791c2399-d602-4248-afbb-8a79de2d236f
30/07/2023m 46s

Ep. 167: Timeliness And Revisiting Ripcords

Good news! Liz and Sarah are selling their Happier In Hollywood rainbow Silipint travel cups again. Just email happierinhollywood@gmail.com to order ($25 including shipping). In From The Treadmills Desks Of, they discuss why the timeliness of a project is more important than ever before. Then Liz and Sarah do a Take Two about pulling the ripcord. Turns out a lot of our listeners have done it — and are glad they did. This week’s Hits & Bombs is just Hits. Liz gives a Hit to the USA show DIrty John: The Betty Broderick Story, while Sarah gives her step-mother, Anna, the biggest Hit ever for being her pandemic savior. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack: Do one small thing a week to make the world a better place. Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, Do The Thing, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story: https://www.usanetwork.com/dirty-john
23/07/2026m 6s

Ep. 166: Remember The Mah Jongg Card

Liz and Sarah try to envision work and the workplace post Covid-19. On the plus side, they expect less traffic and to save on dry cleaning. The downside? It may be harder to make friends at work. In Take A Hike, they remind themselves to “remember the Mah Jongg card.” At first it’s just a confusing jumble of symbols, but over time it all begins to make sense — like so many things in life. This week’s Hollywood Hack will improve your next road trip: the Wagan 12V cooler/warmer (a plug in cooler for your car). Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, Do The Thing, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Brooks Brothers Files For Bankruptcy: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/08/business/brooks-brothers-bankruptcy/index.html The National Mah Jongg League: https://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org/store.aspx# Mah Jongg Scene In The Movie “Crazy Rich Asians”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN6VvdPnOzM Wagan 12V cooler/warmer: https://www.amazon.com/Wagan-12V-Cooler-Warmer-Capacity/dp/B00NHBYOA6/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1D2VHK6R0NKP1&dchild=1&keywords=wagan+12v+cooler%2Fwarmer+-+24l+capacity+6224&qid=1594413763&sprefix=Wagan+12v%2Caps%2C237&sr=8-2
16/07/2032m 29s

Ep. 165: Improve Your Mental Flexibility And A Discussion About “How to Broach Race When You’re Not the Most Powerful Person in the Writers Room”

Liz and Sarah discuss how we can all improve their our mental flexibility during this global pandemic. One tip? Tweak your routine. In their new Amplify segment, they talk to up-and-coming TV writers Jackie Decembly and Jerrica Long about their Hollywood Reporter piece, “How to Broach Race When You’re Not the Most Powerful Person in the Writers Room.” Jerrica’s advice: Don’t call people out. Call them in. This week’s Hollywood Hack: avoid the creep. It’s easy to let bad habits creep back in, especially right now. Halt the creep ASAP! Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, Do The Thing, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Flexibility Thinking: How To Encourage Kids to Go With the Flow: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/flexible-thinking-how-to-encourage-kids-to-go-with-the-flow Amelia Bedelia: https://www.amazon.com/Amelia-Bedelia-Peggy-Parish/dp/0062209698/ref=sr_1_4?crid=17PR9IVFKS3FW&dchild=1&keywords=amelia+bedelia&qid=1594150356&sprefix=Amelia+%2Caps%2C231&sr=8-4 Jackie Decembly: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8872137/ Jerrica Long: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5568944/ How to Broach Race When You’re Not the Most Powerful Person in the Writers Room: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-broach-race-youre-not-powerful-person-writers-room-guest-column-1299442 This Is What Racial Trauma Does To The Body And Brain: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/what-racial-trauma-does-body-brain_l_5efa43b1c5b6acab28459220?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAFeLdQOctx8rDZARkQwPw1eBHiM5LEKk7JKmyNMARqYWK47bCgZO3hipe8e0Qf0wTaNKwqB1zzPSjhY6nsR529kbnubI_htQYE7m3NM-sUc5dumerk5ms8-9hdAIhx1Bom5nQS80ETtjlwWyyCmMDKPQHbXOWcLhof1-gClt37E8
09/07/2036m 31s

Ep. 164: Pulling The Ripcord And The Beauty Of An Unexpected Interlude

Liz and Sarah discuss challenging works situations. When do you stick it out, and when do you pull the ripcord and escape? In Take A Hike, they explore the beauty of an “unexpected interlude,” and Sarah reveals the unexpected interlude she has coming up in her own life. Hint: There’s a lake involved. They also answer a Mailroom question about how NOT to freeze up in a pitch. This week’s Hollywood Hack is perfect for a socially distanced summer: buy a lawn chair. Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, Do The Thing, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Bailey Blue masks: https://baileyblueclothing.com/collections/facemasks Beta Blockers:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/beta-blockers/art-20044522 Sarah’s Lawn Chair: https://www.amazon.com/ALPS-Mountaineering-Leisure-Chair-Rust/dp/B00AZOXDCS/ref=sr_1_1?crid=294I0QASTQG8T&dchild=1&keywords=alps+mountaineering+chairs&qid=1593468321&sprefix=ALPS+mount%2Caps%2C213&sr=8-1
02/07/2028m 37s

Ep. 163: How To Pick Projects With Manager Dianne Fraser

Liz and Sarah discuss their decision to believe in a positive post-Covid future in their work — and how they’re also trying to apply that belief in real life. Then, in their new Amplify segment, Liz suggests everyone listen to an episode of the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast in which former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay (the sole Black lead of the franchise in forty seasons) discusses racism both behind and in front of the camera. In Call Your Manager, they talk to Dianne Fraser of Industry Entertainment about how she helps guide clients when they’re picking projects. Her advice? Never take a job for the money. This week’s Hollywood Hack: virtual training.  Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, Do The Thing, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Links: Bachelor Happy Hour "Race, Diversity, and Bachelor Nation" Rachel Lindsay Dianne Fraser Industry Entertainment
25/06/2025m 57s

Ep. 162: Making Space For Creativity

Liz and Sarah strategize about how they can make space to be creative in this pivotal historical moment. Then they introduce a new segment — Amplify — in which they amplify the voices and work of women and people of color. In the Mailroom Segment, Liz and Sarah answer a question about the real life houses used in television shows. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack will help you be a better listener: Don’t interrupt for one week! Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, Do The Thing, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi: https://www.esowonbookstore.com/book/9780525509288 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: https://www.esowonbookstore.com/book/9780812993547 A Kids Book About Racism By Jelani Memory: https://www.amazon.com/Kids-Book-About-Racism-ebook/dp/B088GYYHJX/ref=sr_1_4?crid=29AB6ZK4FRBTB&dchild=1&keywords=a+kids+book+about+racism&qid=1592335420&sprefix=A+Kids+Bo%2Caps%2C219&sr=8-4 Little Stories for Tiny People podcast: https://www.littlestoriestinypeople.com/ Silk Stalkings: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101198/
18/06/2023m 24s

Ep. 161: Tackling The Lack Of Diversity In Hollywood

Liz and Sarah talk to Jeanette Volturno of Catchlight Films and Julie Harris Walker of Catch A Break Podcast about how they’re working to make Hollywood more diverse. One promising tool: Crewvie — a worldwide application database for sharing and sourcing qualified crew and production support for film and TV. Jeanette and Julie also talk about their podcast, Catch A Break, which educates people on the nitty-gritty of working in entertainment. Their current focus? A live series on how to resume production during Covid-19. This week’s Hollywood Hack is an app that will let you work together when you’re apart: Scribble Together. Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, Do The Thing, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Catchlight Films: http://www.catchlightfilms.com/ Catch A Break Podcast: https://www.catchabreakpodcast.com/ Scribble Together: https://scribbletogether.com/
11/06/2035m 41s

Ep. 160: Take Control Of Your Career

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, Liz and Sarah answer a question about how they organize their creative process. Pro tip: use Google docs. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack: do some in-house excavating. Sarah unearthed her air popcorn popper, and Liz rediscovered her NutriBullet.  Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, Do The Thing, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Catch A Break podcast: https://www.catchabreakpodcast.com/ Presto PopLite Hot Air Popper https://www.amazon.com/Presto-04820-PopLite-Hot-Popper/dp/B00006IUWA/ref=sr_1_4?crid=3GKW1RJ2VKQJL&dchild=1&keywords=air+popper+popcorn+maker&qid=1591127610&sprefix=Air+popper%2Caps%2C428&sr=8-4 NutriBullet: https://www.nutribullet.com/
04/06/2026m 59s

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

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).  Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, Do The Thing, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Chill RV: https://www.chillrv.com/ Dolores Huerta Foundation: https://doloreshuerta.org/ Dolores Huerta’s Si Se Puede 90th Birthday Celebration on May 30: https://doloreshuerta.org/si-se-puede-at-90-celebrate-dolores-90th-birthday-on-saturday-may-30th-2020-5pm-pst/ The Little Market Candle: https://www.thelittlemarket.com/pages/dolores-huerta-foundation-collaboration?utm_campaign=May%202020%20-%20Dolores%20Huerta%20Foundation%20Collaboration%20%28UFkx6Q%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Palisades&_ke= Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens podcast:  https://katebowler.com/podcasts/
28/05/2029m 20s

Ep. 158: Managing The Personal To Manage The Professional

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 recommitting to her personal health goals, and Liz gives herself a Bomb for expecting something different from what ALWAYS happens. This week’s Hollywood Hack adds some colorful whimsy to quarantine: dye your gray roots purple (or pink or blue or green)! Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/HappierinHollywood/ Get in touch on Twitter: @sarahmfain & @elizabethcraft Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft Visit our website: https://happierinhollywood.com Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, Do The Thing, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Sunlighten Sauna:  https://www.sunlighten.com/saunas/?leadsource=GoogleAds&utm_source=GoogleAdwords&utm_medium=Sunlighten-Branded-US&utm_campaign=General-SUN&gclid=CjwKCAjwh472BRAGEiwAvHVfGsyEqXNacrplTBENxCmHC4UqDyv4i3iF9wd7ly4sv2vpX-wLjFlE_xoClfgQAvD_BwE The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/book/9780062909046 Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Dye: https://limecrime.com/pages/hair-dye?gclid=CjwKCAjwh472BRAGEiwAvHVfGvgnH_jWBNt7uXOJFj__4burJM6yrlUwVllBsZFfSi7XT66tC-uzzhoCVg8QAvD_BwE&utm_content=s-dc_pcrid_377738770440_pkw_lime%20crime%20unicorn%20hair_pmt_e_
21/05/2026m 13s

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

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: https://www.facebook.com/HappierinHollywood/ Get in touch on Twitter: @sarahmfain & @elizabethcraft Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft Visit our website: https://happierinhollywood.com Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, Do The Thing, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! The Little Project scarves: https://www.instagram.com/thelittleproject/?hl=en Dianne Fraser: http://www.diannefraser.com/meet.php The Actors Fund: https://actorsfund.org/
14/05/2029m 1s

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

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 Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/HappierinHollywood/ Get in touch on Twitter: @sarahmfain & @elizabethcraft Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft Visit our website: https://happierinhollywood.com Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, and Do The Thing, and . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Allyson Fanger: https://www.instagram.com/allysonfanger/?hl=en Cadiss glasses: https://caddislife.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwncT1BRDhARIsAOQF9Ln6RzofrEFHGC7jioB-faHnHWFcUL94JFesrLh4E4wYlFCF-0X4GRUaAo5eEALw_wcB Molly Pepper masks: https://molly-pepper.com/
07/05/2027m 28s

Ep. 155: More Lightning Listener Questions!

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 they’re safer at home? And so much more... Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/HappierinHollywood/ Get in touch on Twitter: @sarahmfain & @elizabethcraft Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft Visit our website: https://happierinhollywood.com Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, and Do The Thing, and . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!
30/04/2027m 24s

Ep. 154: What Makes A Good Idea Good?

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 home: I Love Hue and Real Mah Jongg. Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/HappierinHollywood/ Get in touch on Twitter: @sarahmfain & @elizabethcraft Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft Visit our website: https://happierinhollywood.com Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, and Do The Thing, and . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Links: I Love Hue: http://i-love-hue.com/ Real Mah Jongg: https://realmahjongg.com/
23/04/2029m 58s

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

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 advice on how to cut down on her chips and salsa snack bursts. Bonus? Dr. Melina shares her recipe for Healthy Quarantine Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Spice Muffins (see below). Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack: the Xenvo Squidgrip Flexible Tripod. Dianne Fraser: http://www.diannefraser.com/meet.php Dr. Melina Jampolis: https://www.drmelina.com/ Xenvo Squidgrip Flexible Tripod: https://www.amazon.com/Xenvo-SquidGrip-Flexible-Phone-Tripod/dp/B06XKX4DPJ
16/04/2033m 19s

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

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 appearance” feature! Chris Guillebeau  https://chrisguillebeau.com/about/ The Money Tree: https://www.amazon.com/Money-Tree-Finding-Fortune-Backyard-ebook/dp/B07XXDK34S/ref=sr_1_2?crid=QEJWC4IEBHXD&dchild=1&keywords=the+money+tree+chris+guillebeau&qid=1586282707&sprefix=the+money+tree+chris%2Caps%2C251&sr=8-2 Zoom: https://www.zoom.us/
09/04/2028m 1s

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

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, Liz and Sarah answer a question about how they come up with character names. Finally, this week’s practical Hollywood Hack will help you grocery shop safely: the You Tube video, PSA Safe Grocery Shopping In Covid-19 Pandemic. Sarah Watson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0914872/ Most Likely: https://www.amazon.com/Most-Likely-Sarah-Watson/dp/0316454834/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1585691412&sr=8-1 PSA Safe Grocery Shopping In Covid-19 Pandemic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjDuwc9KBps
02/04/2030m 47s

Ep. 150: Maximizing Work Hikes And Building Community

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 happierinhollywood.com and scroll down to the bottom where you’ll see a box that says “join the party.” Next, from The Mailroom, they answer a listener question about the best material to submit to TV writing contests. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from their Facebook group: ask people to do something at the last minute. Hollywood Forever: https://hollywoodforever.com/ Happier In Hollywood: https://happierinhollywood.com/
26/03/2022m 30s

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

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 culture for children. Audrey’s message to those of us overwhelmed by.... everything? Lower the bar! Audrey Monke: https://sunshine-parenting.com/ Sunshine Parenting Podcast: https://sunshine-parenting.com/podcast-2/ Happy Campers: https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Campers-Secrets-Raising-Thriving/dp/1546081798/ref=sr_1_1?crid=OVPHG3MNRBN&dchild=1&keywords=happy+campers+audrey+monke&qid=1584663883&sprefix=Happy+Campers+audre%2Caps%2C362&sr=8-1
21/03/2025m 47s

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

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 of their most useful writing secrets — use the good stuff RIGHT AWAY in a script. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack: jump on a trend RIGHT AWAY.  https://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/golden-goose-young-metallic-western-booties-prod220900074?childItemId=NMX4NM8_&navpath=cat000000_cat000730_cat63400744&page=0&position=109&uuid=PDP_PAGINATION_2585fe3f57cd26d81a9b547a542dcea1_SHXPv47xQ5rXX_Rsd6ZZ-eHfdTakpbwYxkFBd_8S.jsession
19/03/2028m 6s

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

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!  Time blocking: https://blog.rescuetime.com/time-blocking-101/ JuVee Productions: http://www.juveeproductions.com/ Karen Frost on Twitter: @revkarenfrost WOC Hikes on Instagram: @wochikes Photo by Icons8 Team on Unsplash
12/03/2033m 49s

Ep. 147: Wrestling With Schrodinger’s Cat

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. Finally, even though Liz and Sarah swore they’d never announce Beverly Hills Housewife Lisa Rinna as a Celebrity Sighting again, they can’t help but mention they saw her at Fryman Canyon this week. Twice.  Danielle’s favorite green juice: https://www.rebootwithjoe.com/mean-green-juice/ Schrödinger’s Cat: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=2ahUKEwj9yvyEn__nAhUB7J4KHWCuA7oQyCkwAHoECAIQBA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DUjaAxUO6-Uw&usg=AOvVaw0sZxC4Fo_a4emwbC2UiT5K Redfin: https://www.redfin.com/?&utm_source=google&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=1003207&utm_term=aud-315303801759:kwd-487284910&utm_content=338440899303&intent=Brand-HV&gclid=CjwKCAiAnfjyBRBxEiwA-EECLIzrMt_v1ckzx3dfOym3FTIOhdzScRg9wCHNBmulyctxL8EU9SreGRoCvxwQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds The Sozy Annotator https://www.sozypencils.com/the-annotator Lisa Rinna: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005362/
05/03/2025m 32s

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

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 herself a bomb for counting her wardrobe chickens before her pilot (failed to) hatch. They also had a Bonus Bomb for everyone who plays loud music while hiking at Fryman Canyon. This week’s Hollywood Hack ensures you won’t repeat meeting outfits: take a picture on your phone. Finally, Liz and Sarah had some repeat Celebrity Sightings — Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin (together this time) and Jon Voight. Lisa Rinna: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005362/ Harry Hamlin: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002122/ Jon Voight: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000685/
27/02/2029m 58s

Introducing The Baron of Botox

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 'Broken Harts,' comes 'The Baron of Botox,' a 10-part podcast series, available now.
25/02/204m 50s

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

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 listeners’ minds. As the WGA dispute with the ATA continues, what are their thoughts on getting a new agent? This week’s Hollywood Hack provides an easy alternative to shredding documents: the Wide Identity Protection Roller. Finally, Liz and Sarah had a RHBH Celebrity Sighting at Fryman Canyon — Lisa Rinna (and, yes, she was dancing when they saw her.) Kate Silver: https://www.thekatesilver.com/ Ben Acker: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0009921/ Ben Blacker: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3011071/ Cut And Run: https://www.audible.com/ep/title/?asin=B082YHVMCG&source_code=GO1GB12609141890JG&device=d&&cvosrc=ppc.google.%2Bcut%20%2Band%20%2Brun&cvo_campaign=1678393327&cvo_crid=415526018380&Matchtype=b&gclid=Cj0KCQiAkKnyBRDwARIsALtxe7hZq1Q_fll-BKF5NoWLnNwoo_B2Ss4mxJGgF8TpAF42_YgvsojyEjUaAkQZEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds Wide Identity Protection Roller: https://www.thegrommet.com/products/guard-your-idwide-identity-protection-roller Lisa Rinna: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Rinna
20/02/2027m 54s

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

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 Beverly Hills, Harry Hamlin. Moira Kirland: https://m.imdb.com/name/nm0215277/ Social Studies: https://social-studies.com/ Harry Hamlin: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Hamlin
13/02/2022m 49s

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

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 celebrity sighting of one of their all-time favorite celebrities — they had dinner with Marcia Clark! Marcia Clark: http://marciaclarkbooks.com/ Happier In Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts — Happier With Gretchen Ruben, Do The Thing, and Side Hustle School. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!
06/02/2023m 20s

Ep. 142: The Wonder Of Re-Networking (And Of Champagne)

Liz and Sarah talk about why it’s important to “re-network” with people you’ve worked with in the past. Then in Take Two, they share the questions that are guiding listeners through 2020. One favorite: “What would I do if I wasn’t afraid?” In The Craft (And Fain) they discuss how to create specificity of place in scripts and why it matters. This week’s Hollywood Hack guarantees you’ll never have to arrive at a party empty-handed: keep a bottle of champagne on hand. Also in today’s episode, Liz and Sarah announce a limited addition of their Happier In Hollywood merch — a rainbow Silipint travel cup featuring their logo and motto! If you’re interested in getting a cup, email us at happierinhollywood@gmail.com. For other Silipint products, go to Silipint.com and use coupon code HAPPY20 for 20 percent off your first order. Happier in Hollywood Episode 139: What’s Your QUESTION For 2020? http://happierinhollywood.com/episode139/ Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV: https://www.bevmo.com/shop/wine/champagne_sparkling/champagne/sparkling/veuve_clicquot_yellow_label_nv_750_ml/p/1564405684704472266 Veuve Clicquot Rose: https://www.bevmo.com/shop?id=1564405684704501374 Silipint: https://www.silipint.com/ Happier In Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts — Happier With Gretchen Ruben, Do The Thing, and Side Hustle School. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!
30/01/2024m 59s

Ep. 141: A Very Personal Episode: Sarah’s Mom Story & Liz’s Voice Challenge

Many listeners have asked Sarah to tell the story of how she became an only parent to her daughter, Violet. This is the day she tells that story! Then actor/singer Amanda Noret Reed coaches Liz on how to strengthen her voice. The keys are good posture and diaphragmatic breathing. This week’s Hollywood Hack will help save money on professional blow outs: Dry Bar’s heated straightening brush, “The Brush Crush.” Starfish Envy: https://starfishenvy.typepad.com/ Single Mothers By Choice https://www.singlemothersbychoice.org/ California Cryobank: https://www.cryobank.com/ Amanda Noret Reed: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0912073/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 Amanda Noret Reed Twitter: @amanda_noret The Brush Crush: https://www.thedrybar.com/the-brush-crush-heated-straightening-brush Happier In Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts — Happier With Gretchen Ruben, Do The Thing, and Side Hustle School. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!
23/01/2038m 32s

Ep. 140: Liz & Sarah Celebrate A Career Milestone!

Liz and Sarah are celebrating their twentieth anniversary as writing partners! They reflect on the last two decades and discuss what they should do to mark this career milestone. In Take A Hike, Liz and Sarah talk about why it’s a good idea to become an expert in something unexpected. Sarah’s new obsession? Spinning yarn! This week’s delicious Hollywood Hack: give John Kelly Chocolates as a business gift.  The Altered Stitch:http://www.thealteredstitch.com/contact-us John Kelly Chocolates:https://www.johnkellychocolates.com/
16/01/2025m 58s

Ep. 139: What’s Your QUESTION For 2020?

After what feels both like forever and no time at all, Liz and Sarah are approaching the finish line for both their pilot scripts. Now comes the hard part — waiting. In Take A Hike, Sarah and Liz reveal the question that will guide each of them through 2020. Sarah’s: Does this nourish me? Liz’s: Am I making this situation better? Then they answer a Mailbag Question from an aspiring TV writer about when to ask a co-worker or boss to read a script. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack will improve your next road trip: compile a group playlist.  Happier with Gretchen Rubin - Episode 254: Choose a One-Word Theme For The Year https://gretchenrubin.com/podcast-episode/254-one-word-theme-2020 Happier In Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts — Happier With Gretchen Ruben, Do The Thing, and Side Hustle School. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!
09/01/2027m 24s

Ep. 138: Here’s To A Happy, Healthy, Motto-vated 2020!

After a “Season of Failure” update, Liz and Sarah decide on their new team theme for 2020! This year, they’re going to Hike Into The Future! Then Sarah shares three food favorites that we can all make at home for a healthier and more delicious new year: forbidden rice, cashew milk, and air-fried french fries. This week’s Hollywood Hack is from our Facebook group: if you’re coming to LA, stay in two hotels. Forbidden rice: https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-forbidden-rice-1664717Cashew milk: https://cookieandkate.com/cashew-milk-recipe/Breville Smart Oven: https://www.amazon.com/Breville-BOV900BSS-Convection-Brushed-Stainless/dp/B01N5UPTZS/ref=sr_1_2?gclid=Cj0KCQiA0ZHwBRCRARIsAK0Tr-qmABGvAejLvEWCClK18Q6miMYeo2QQlCRBWh8WShzGE82MI5VNojgaAs_VEALw_wcB&hvadid=176942025810&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9031201&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t2&hvqmt=e&hvrand=11267160809367607566&hvtargid=kwd-11122039517&hydadcr=13935_9624584&keywords=breville+smart+oven&qid=1577405592&sr=8-2 Photo: Paul Gilmore - Unsplash Happier In Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts — Happier With Gretchen Ruben, Do The Thing, and Side Hustle School. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!
02/01/2022m 34s

Ep. 137: Remove Yourself From The Spin (Out) Zone

It’s almost pilot pickup season, and Hollywood has entered the Spin (Out) Zone. Liz and Sarah discuss the techniques they use to stay calm while others are freaking out. In Hits & Bombs, they look back at 2019 and discuss the highlights and lowlights. Liz’s biggest personal hit? Getting over her fear of public speaking. Sarah’s biggest bomb? Not going to therapy. Finally, this week’s travel Hollywood Hack will improve your visit to any sprawling city: stay in more than one hotel. The Altered Stitch: http://www.thealteredstitch.com/ Happier In Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts — Happier With Gretchen Ruben, Do The Thing, and Side Hustle School. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!
26/12/1924m 34s

Ep. 136: Down With Exclamation Points!

Down With Exclamation Points! Are Liz and Sarah riding a dragon or a camel? They update listeners on their 2019 exam development motto — Ride The Dragon. Then they check in with their former assistant, Mary Mehrkens, who offers advice to assistants (or anyone) between gigs. She also shares one of her new boss’s favorite apps: Fantastical. This week’s Hollywood Hack will help your emails seem more professional: eliminate exclamation points! Period. Happier In Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts — Happier With Gretchen Ruben, Do The Thing, and Side Hustle School. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Mary Mehrkens: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5766534/ Dayna Lynn North: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0635998/
19/12/1924m 35s

Ep. 135: Pain Points & The Psychology of Documents

Liz and Sarah talk to actor and friend Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse, Altered Carbon, Animal Kingdom) about the audition pain point that almost made her leave the business, and what she did about it. Then Liz and Sarah discuss the psychology of documents — how does the look of a document impact its audience? This week’s flu season friendly Hollywood Hack: Throat Coat tea. Finally, Liz and and Sarah had yet another Hugo’s Celebrity sighting: Jon Voight. Happier In Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts — Happier With Gretchen Ruben, Do The Thing, and Side Hustle School. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Dichen Lachman: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1901842/ Enver Gjokaj https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2222175/ Throat Coat: https://www.target.com/p/traditional-medicinals-organic-throat-coat-herbal-dietary-supplement-herbal-tea-16ct/-/A-13376466?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Grocery%2BShopping_Local&adgroup=SC_Grocery&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9031201&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1248099&gclid=CjwKCAiAlajvBRB_EiwA4vAqiH8VPaC0t40jJGLCZB8aIssDUot5NEdfseogrwVLYXKkClKDAAko4hoCsTYQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Jon Voight: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000685/ Mailbox Toluca Lake: https://www.mailboxtolucalake.com
12/12/1933m 24s

Ep. 134: Nichelle Tramble Spellman is NOT Failing On All Fronts (But Liz Is)

TILiz and Sarah talk to their good friend Nichelle Tramble Spellman, creator and showrunner of the fantastic new Apple TV+ show TRUTH BE TOLD, starring Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul, and Lizzie Caplan. Then, in Take A Hike, Liz reveals why she’s “failing on all fronts” during this extra busy time. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes courtesy of Nichelle: get a fabulous suit custom-made for a big event.  Truth Be Told: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_Be_Told_(2019_TV_series) Nichelle Tramble Spellman: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2838492/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 Happier In Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts — Happier With Gretchen Ruben, Do The Thing, and Side Hustle School. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!
05/12/1936m 40s

Ep. 133: The Care And Feeding Of Writers: A Thanksgiving Episode

Liz and Sarah offer tips to executives and producers who are giving notes to writers during the development process. Do be direct! Don’t be an asshole! In a hits-only Hits & Bombs segment, Liz and Sarah share the many things they’re thankful for — including their amazing listeners! This week’s Hollywood Hack is a Chinese Proverb: “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Finally, they reveal their work hike Celebrity Sighting: Marissa Jarret Winokur.  The Sheri + Nancy Show: https://thepillarlife.com/sheri-nancy-show/ Marissa Jarret Winokur: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0935441/
28/11/1928m 21s

Ep. 132: A Lightning Listener Question Episode

Liz and Sarah answer questions from the Happier In Hollywood Facebook Group — and they answer them fast! Do they ever feel like their kids deplete their creative energy? Do TV writers take ownership of specific characters? How does Sarah feel about Liz touring? If they hadn’t moved to Los Angeles, what would they be doing today? What was it like to work with Kurt Sutter? And, most importantly, how are they surviving without an assistant? These questions and so many more... Photo by Brandon Morgan on Unsplash
21/11/1928m 1s

Ep. 131: The Importance Of Mahjong

With development season at peak intensity, Liz and Sarah are putting their noses to the grindstone. What does that mean? They’re often giving up their precious nights and weekends — and accepting that they have to “just say no” to many social functions. Then in Take A Hike, Liz and Sarah talk about why there’s one activity they’re NOT giving up: their new monthly Mahjong game. They also answer a Mailbag question about how many scripts a writer should have under her belt before she makes the big move to Los Angeles. And this week’s Hollywood Hack will improve any presentation: if someone asks if you want to use a mic, the answer is ALWAYS yes.  Mahjong: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahjong
14/11/1927m 13s

Bonus Episode: Liz and Sarah’s “American Beauties” Pitch

Liz and Sarah pitch “American Beauties,” a pilot script they sold (twice) to Fox. After the pitch, they critique their own work— and reveal what they would change if they were going to pitch the show today.  Photo by Ameen Fahmy on Unsplash
08/11/1931m 5s

Ep. 130: How To Focus During Armageddon

Liz and Sarah give an update on their efforts to reject anxiety during development season. Then they strategize about how to stay focussed on work when it feels like they’re in the middle of Armageddon. Between the wild fires and the news, it’s all too much! The advice they get from Liz’s sister, Gretchen Rubin? Turn off phone notifications and schedule time to worry. In Take Two, listeners weigh in on the subject of how to create likable characters. Liz and Sarah’s favorite take away — it’s not important that a character be likable, as long as the audience understands why she’s doing what she’s doing. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from Liz’s recent touring: get a travel steamer. Finally, Liz and Sarah had another Hugo’s Celebrity Sighting: Mariel Hemingway.  Gretchen Rubin: https://gretchenrubin.com/ Travel steamer: https://www.amazon.com/iSteam-Steamer-Powerful-Handheld-Portable/dp/B072PY74HY/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2ETJIKV214XMI&keywords=isteam+steamer+for+clothes&qid=1572998381&sprefix=Is+team+%2Caps%2C212&sr=8-3 Hugo’s: https://www.hugosrestaurant.com/studio-city-menu Mariel Hemingway https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000446/
07/11/1933m 1s

Ep. 129: Anxiety, We Reject You!

Liz and Sarah wish listeners a Happy Halloween and share a tip from The Whole 30’s Melissa Hartwig Urban about how to resist the temptation to eat candy. In From The Treadmill Desks Of, they talk about their decision to reject anxiety when it comes to the notes process during this development season. Their new anxiety mantra: “There is no space for you here.” Then Liz and Sarah answer a Mailbag question about how they keep their creative juices flowing even when they’re not feeling inspired. In Hits & Bombs, Liz gives a hit to the new (and final) season of the podcast StartUp. And they have a shared bomb — despite the best of intentions, they haven’t hiked in ages. Finally Sarah shares this week’s homegrown microgreen Hollywood Hack: Hamama. Melissa Hartwig Urban: https://whole30.com/about/ Chef Chloe Coscarelli: https://chefchloe.com/ #AmWritingPodcast https://amwritingpodcast.com/ StartUp Podcast https://gimletmedia.com/shows/startup Hamama: https://www.hamama.com/
31/10/1926m 33s

Ep. 128: Conquering The Fear of New Things & The Warner Brothers Pitch Document

Liz and Sarah announce their upcoming Bonus Episode! They’re going to pitch American Beauties, a pilot script they sold (twice) to Fox. Then they discuss strategies for conquering the fear of new things. Sarah’s suggestion? Rip off the band aid NOW. In The Craft (and Fain) segment, Liz and Sarah discuss the ins and outs of the famous Warner Brothers pitch document. If you want a copy, email them at happierinhollywood@gmail.com. This week’s Hollywood Hack: use Instagram as a research tool. Finally, they had a celebrity sighting at Hugo’s Restaurant: Rizwan Manji. Fiona Nicholson: https://www.instagram.com/shetlandfi/?hl=en Dr. Melissa Doft: https://doftplasticsurgery.com/ Rizwan Manji: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0542492/
24/10/1927m 26s

Ep. 127: Why “Enough Is Enough”

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 designer. “Put” pilot : https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/abc-put-pilot-plastics-elizabeth-craft-sarah-fain-1203356105/ What’s Running You? How to Become the Entrepreneur of Your Life: https://www.amazon.com/Whats-Running-You-Become-Entrepreneur-ebook/dp/B07Z2MQ4VZ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=What’s+Running+You%3F&qid=1571177526&sr=8-1 Veronica Beard: https://veronicabeard.com/?gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=Cj0KCQjw3JXtBRC8ARIsAEBHg4nuUyAHy-1XnHnp_ZbP2Dh4ighq8EvpinbdLNTu8OlkNhAbHpNweP4aAgR6EALw_wcB Anthropologie: https://www.anthropologie.com/?mrkgcl=694&mrkgadid=586468124&utm_medium=paid_search&utm_source=Google&utm_content=anthropologie_-_Exact&utm_term=anthropologie&utm_campaign=US_-_Brand_-_Top_Traffic&creative=378700693422&device=t&matchtype=e&network=g&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=Cj0KCQjw3JXtBRC8ARIsAEBHg4mTVpp9JeLvXX5p_XnpyAd1kpoCknGVy5Zi8v7e4q59PjfiJIDJ4AMaAgdGEALw_wcB Photo by Jack Carter on Unsplash
17/10/1929m 37s

Ep. 126: Embracing Your Weird With Felicia Day

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 Sighting — Malika Haqq. Felicia Day:http://feliciaday.com/ Amy Acker:https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0009918/ Dichen Lachman:https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1901842/ Kelley Wolf:https://www.flowbykelleywolf.com/ Ryan Serhant:https://ryanserhant.com/ LL Bean Boat and Tote Bags:https://www.llbean.com/llb/search/? freeText=Totes&qs=3091716_GOOGLE&Matchtype=e&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=CjwKCAjw5_DsBRBPEiwAIEDRWyH2GhiXsmebuqugWiC6EPKVo3M2U0umimGEJRomkR5ETYqNYJsv6RoCaakQAvD_BwE Land’s End Tote Bags:https://www.landsend.com/shop/womens-canvas-totes-bags-travel/S-xfd-y5c-xls-xec Malika Haqq:https://www.eonline.com/news/1080468/why-khloe-kardashian-and-expectant-mom-malika-haqq-s-bond-is-now-tighter-than-ever Photo credit: Christina Ganolfo
10/10/1933m 32s

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

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 stars, Victoria Massengale, drops in to offer support and tips on how to transition into a new meat and dairy-free existence. This week’s Hollywood Hack: talk to the chef. Wonderland Sound and VIsion:https://www.wonderlandsoundandvision.com/about Whole-Food, Plant Based Diet:https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/plant-based-diet-guide The Alzheimer’s Solution:https://teamsherzai.com/book/ Victoria Massengale:https://www.victoriaandmichael.net/ Chef Chloe Coscarelli:https://chefchloe.com/ Sun Cafe:https://suncafe.com/ Cafe Gratitude:https://www.cafegratitude.com/ Gracias Madre:https://www.graciasmadre.co/ Photo by Anna Pelzer on Unsplash
03/10/1933m 35s

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

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 Housewives:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_Housewives Single Mothers by Choice:https://www.singlemothersbychoice.org/ Get tickets for Liz and Gretchen's live podcast events in Chicago, Kansas City, Providence, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Charlotte and Brooklyn here:https://gretchenrubin.com/events Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash
26/09/1936m 11s

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

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 workplace. Some advice? Take a moment to say good morning. And build in time for compliments! This week’s Hollywood Hack: arrive early. Nordstrom stylist:https://shop.nordstrom.com/c/personal-stylists Happy Campershttps://www.amazon.com/Happy-Campers-Secrets-Raising-Thriving/dp/1546081798/ref=sr_1_1?crid=31953NQYNKAUF&keywords=happy+campers+audrey+monke&qid=1568760000&sprefix=Happy+Campers+audrey%2Caps%2C543&sr=8-1 Audrey Monke:https://sunshine-parenting.com/ Tony Dodds:https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3386150/
19/09/1929m 43s

Introducing Bachelor Happy Hour with Rachel & Ali

“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
12/09/1910m 22s

Ep. 122: Everything Takes Forever

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 careers?  Then Sarah has a Power Hour hit and Liz shares a slacking-at-home bomb. This week’s Hollywood Hack? The Scriptnotes podcast! Scriptnotes: https://johnaugust.com/scriptnotes Succession: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7660850/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 Jess Lewis: http://jefflewiscompany.com/ Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash
12/09/1927m 41s

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

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: https://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/23/battle-over-gif-pronunciation-erupts/ Prolon:https://prolonfmd.com/ Candy Crush Saga:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candy_Crush_Saga Get tickets for Liz and Gretchen's live podcast events in Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Chicago, Kansas City,  Providence, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Charlotte and Brooklyn here:https://gretchenrubin.com/events
05/09/1929m 51s

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

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, Sheri— who’s met literally EVERYONE— reveals her very favorite celebrity encounter: Tom Hanks. The Beautiful No: https://smile.amazon.com/Beautiful-No-Other-Transcendence-Transformation/dp/0062743198/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=The+beautiful+no&qid=1566950608&s=gateway&sr=8-2 The Sheri & Nancy Show: https://thepillarlife.com/sheri-nancy-show/ Tom Hanks: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Hanks
29/08/1936m 56s

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

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 Berberian, offers concrete tips for building an Instagram following. Hint — use hashtags. Lots of them. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from a wedding Liz recently attended: rent arcade games to make a party more fun. Finally, at that same wedding Liz had a celebrity sighting — Masi Oka from Heroes. The Strength Code:https://www.thestrengthcode.com/ Umpqua Oats:https://umpquaoats.com/ Masi Oka:https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1199811/
22/08/1935m 49s

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

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 easier to return clothes you ordered online: take them back to the IRL store! Jess Burkle on Twitter: @jessburkle Ryan Knighton on Twitter: @ryanknighton In the Dark: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7772602/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
15/08/1937m 55s

Ep. 117: Creating A Room Of Our Own

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 vicarious double Celebrity Sighting (Chris Pratt and Jeff Goldblum) courtesy of her husband, Adam. A Room of One’s Own:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Room_of_One%27s_Own Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Karen Rauch Carter:https://www.karenrauchcarter.com/ Best office color:https://cdispaces.ca/blog/best-office-colors/ A Room of One’s Own: Why We Need Space and Quiet The Shield:https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286486/ Vampire Diaries:https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1405406/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 The Fix:https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs: AirbrushLegs Chris Pratt:https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0695435/ Jeff Goldblum:https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000156/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 Photo by Laurie-Anne Robert on Unsplash Happier In Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts — Happier With Gretchen Ruben, Do The Thing, and Side Hustle School. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!
08/08/1925m 6s

Ep. 116: The Compartmentalizing Struggle Is Real

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 it. How can she get back in the zone? Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack: have a personal focus group. Channing Dungey on HIH:http://happierinhollywood.com/episode69/ Merrin Dungey: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0242257/ Photo by Hannah Morgan on Unsplash Happier In Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better.  Check out the other Onward Project podcasts — Happier With Gretchen Ruben, Do The Thing, and Side Hustle School. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!
01/08/1925m 23s

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

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 saving money. Liz and Sarah’s favorite new tip from a listener? Try a No Spend Week. This week’s Hollywood Hack: Apple Wallet. By The Book Podcast https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/stitcher/by-the-book The EveryDollar App https://www.everydollar.com/budget-app Iconsumer.com: https://www.iconsumer.com/ Let Go: https://us.letgo.com/en OfferUp: https://offerup.com/ Apple Wallet: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204003 Photo: TK
25/07/1938m 8s

Ep.114: Don’t Take the Meeting!

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 fellow WGA writers for supporting one another through a tough time in the industry. Finally, this a Hollywood Hack: make plans immediately! WGA-ATA Dispute:https://www.indiewire.com/2019/04/writers-agents-wga-ata-writers-guild-of-america-association-of-talent-agents-1202057979/ June Diane Raphael:https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2053085/ The Jane Club:https://www.janeclub.com/ Photo by Maria Krasnova on Unsplash
18/07/1930m 22s

Ep. 113: On Being A Staff Writer

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 — https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8223801/ The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning — https://www.amazon.com/Gentle-Art-Swedish-Death-Cleaning/dp/1501173243/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1ZS7B2KMCFXHB&keywords=swedish+death+cleaning+book&qid=1562009398&s=gateway&sprefix=Swedish+Death%2Caps%2C253&sr=8-3 Dry Bar — https://www.thedrybar.com/services/
11/07/1934m 30s

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

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 Netflix celebrity sighting (Gary Oldman) and a near-miss (Brad Pitt)! Rakuten: http://www.rakuten.com Her Money: https://www.hermoney.com/t/podcasts/ Offer Up:https://offerup.com/ Let Go: https://us.letgo.com/en Egg freezing: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/egg-freezing/about/pac-20384556 Michael Donaldson: http://www.donaldsoncallif.com/attorneys/ Gary Oldman: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000198/ Brad Pitt: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000093/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 Photo by Fabian Blank on Unsplash
04/07/1935m 5s

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

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: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0752841/ Starbucks: https://www.starbucks.com/menu?&utm_source=google&utm_term=starbucks&utm_campaign=BR+-+Brand+-+Starbucks+-+Desktop+-+Exact&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=Cj0KCQjw9JzoBRDjARIsAGcdIDVrs7hJHIGUOWLFAmHOUFE7DuZTRqztu0li9mZljRNhpMAUcFuQxUUaAmMpEALw_wcB
27/06/1934m 27s

Ep. 110: The Perils and Promise of Free Work

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 her achieve “meeting hair:” the John Frieda Hot Hair Brush and The Wrap Party Curling and Styling Wand from Dry Bar. Jenna Fisher’s The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide:https://www.amazon.com/Actors-Life-Survival-Guide/dp/1944648224/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1ZXHNTT6X8NC2&keywords=jenna+fisher+the+actors+life&qid=1560803920&s=gateway&sprefix=Jenna+Fisher%2Caps%2C235&sr=8-1 Skate land:http://www.skateland.net/ John Frieda Hot Air Brush:https://www.amazon.com/John-Frieda-Hot-Brush-inch/dp/B0056GDG90/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=1TA0R10JLEF5H&keywords=john+frieda+hot+hair+brush&qid=1560803849&s=gateway&sprefix=John+Frieda+Hot+h%2Caps%2C253&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1 The Wrap Party Curling and Styling Wand from Dry Bar: https://www.amazon.com/Drybar-Wrap-Party-Hair-Styling/dp/B074WNLK3Z/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3IBDQ5B64ZW1G&keywords=drybar+wand&qid=1560803997&s=gateway&sprefix=Dry+bar+wand%2Caps%2C425&sr=8-1 Photo by Sean Bernstein on Unsplash
20/06/1926m 14s

Ep. 109: The Brilliance of Resilience

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 find a reason to celebrate. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from Robot Chick co-founder Matt Senreich: Ask for favors! (And Liz has a bonus selfie hack.) The Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Chuck Reed: @sancolasound (Instagram) Sancola Sound: https://www.sancolasound.com/ Michelene Reed Laski: https://michreedlaski.artspan.com/home Hermes Pan: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Pan Hermes Pan obituary: https://www.nytimes.com/1990/09/23/obituaries/hermes-pan-dancer-79-is-dead-choreographer-of-astaire-classics.html Robot Chicken: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot_Chicken Matt Senreich: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1803552/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 Photo by Mel Elías on Unsplash
13/06/1924m 43s

Ep. 108: A Cacophony of Choice (And Goodbye To Mary)

Liz and Sarah start with a poetic update— a reading of Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese.” Then in From The Treadmill Desks Of, they discuss the “cacophony of choice” they’re dealing with now that their overall at ABC Studios is over. It’s exciting that they’re free to do ANYTHING— but also overwhelming. As they analyze how to navigate their opportunities, they decide to stretch but also stay in their wheelhouse. One this is for sure— they’ll be Riding The Dragon, which they discuss in The Mailroom segment. This week’s Hollywood Hack: Take No For An Answer (something they wish they’d done sooner on a recent endeavor). Finally, Liz and Sarah bid Mary farewell as she offers a final Celebrity Sighting — Damon Wayans Jr. at the HaHa Comedy  Club. Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese:” http://www.phys.unm.edu/~tw/fas/yits/archive/oliver_wildgeese.html Livingston Taylor: http://www.phys.unm.edu/~tw/fas/yits/archive/oliver_wildgeese.html Stage Performance by Livingston Taylor:https://www.amazon.com/Stage-Performance-Livingston-Taylor/dp/1461068843/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3UET3Q49X6AIP&keywords=stage+performance+livingston+taylor&qid=1559685914&s=gateway&sprefix=Stage+Performan%2Caps%2C196&sr=8-1 HaHa Comedy Club: http://hahacafecomedyclub.com/ You can follow Mary Mehrkens: Instagram — @marymerkdog and Twitter — @Mehrkdog If you want to watch the PBS pledge show Liz recorded with her sister Gretchen, click here to check your local listings for show times. Many stations start airing it on June 1st. Happier in Hollywood is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better.  Check out the other Onward Project podcasts-- Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Side Hustle School, and Do The Thing. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends to Do the Thing. Photo by Hans-Peter Gauster on Unsplash
06/06/1925m 40s

Ep. 107: Wish/Want/Walk Negotiation With Entertainment Attorney Michael Donaldson

The Fix has been cancelled! It’s not unexpected, but it still sucks. Liz and Sarah share what Season 2 would have been and how they’re moving on! Then they discuss all things negotiation with Michael Donaldson, renowned entertainment attorney and author of Fearless Negotiating: The Wish, Want, Walk Method to Negotiating Agreements That Work. Michael’s advice is crucial for everyone— but is particularly useful to Hollywood writers who have recently fired their agents. Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal a career-building Hollywood Hack: keep a Meeting Master List! The Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/Michael C. Donaldson: http://www.donaldsoncallif.com/attorneys/Michael C. Donaldson’s Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/copyrightguideNegotiating for Dummies: https://www.amazon.com/Negotiating-Dummies-Donaldson/dp/0470045221 Fearless Negotiating: The Wish, Want, Walk Method to Reaching Solutions That Work: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/331758.Fearless_Negotiating If you want to watch the PBS pledge show Liz recorded with her sister Gretchen, click here to check your local listings for show times. Many stations start airing it on June 1st.
30/05/1940m 13s

Ep. 106: A Revelation: Being Calm Vs. Acting Calm

Liz and Sarah discuss being calm versus acting calm — and how they were recently “Shawn Ryan Calm” during a tough conversation. Then in Take A Hike, Sarah shares why “not knowing if it’s going to snow in March” helped her stop anticipating the worst. Next, Liz and Sarah fess up to a Happier in Hollywood Retreat bomb, and Sarah gives a hit to her aunt for stepping up in a crisis. Sarah’s HOT Hollywood Hack has changed her life: a Sunlighten sauna! Finally, they reveal a listener’s British Celebrity Sighting: Jeremy Irons! Shawn Ryan: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0752841/ The Shield: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286486/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 Sunlighten Sauna: https://www.sunlighten.com/ Jeremy Irons: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000460/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 Photo by Bekir Dönmez on Unsplash
23/05/1926m 50s

Ep. 105: Time To Ride The Dragon

Liz and Sarah reveal their 2019 Development Motto: Ride The Dragon (just like Daenerys, but with less crazy)! With the ever changing waves in their career, they recite a poem from Safire Rose called She Let Go. Then in this week’s Mailroom segment, Liz and Sarah answer a listener question about writing thank you notes to showrunners. This week’s selfie Hollywood Hack is perfect for events: a selfie remote. Finally, Liz shares her Sugar Ray Celebrity Sighting: Mark McGrath! Women in Film: https://womeninfilm.org/ Safire Rose: https://safire-rose.com/ Selfie Remote: https://www.target.com/p/retrak-bluetooth-selfie-remote/-/A-52808250 Mark McGrath: http://www.markmcgrath.com/Katsu-ya: http://www.katsu-yagroup.com/encino/
16/05/1927m 6s

Ep. 104: Good Writing Is Good Writing: A Listener Questions Episode!

You asked, Liz and Sarah answer! What’s the best book on writing? Do extras wear their own clothes? How does collaboration work? Why does Liz consider the Housewives a feminist franchise? Liz and Sarah answer these questions and more in this very special listener questions episode! The Fix: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EoVvpfVUqvA Brook Sitgraves Turner: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8223801/?ref_=nv_sr_1 On Writing: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10569.On_Writing Story: https://www.amazon.com/Story-Substance-Structure-Principles-Screenwriting/dp/0060391685/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=Story&qid=1557262881&s=gateway&sr=8-4Save The Cat: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49464.Save_the_Cat Robert McKee: https://mckeestory.com/Roxane Gay: http://www.roxanegay.com/ Bitch Sesh: https://www.earwolf.com/show/bitch-sesh/Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM Damier Ebene: https://us.louisvuitton.comDirty John: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7945720/ Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash
09/05/1927m 58s

Ep. 103: The Hill Is Not As High As You Think It Is

The hill is not as high as you think it is! Liz and Sarah discuss how they're conquering both literal and metaphorical "hills," including The Fix Season 2 pitch, Fryman Canyon, and the prospect of writing a fiction podcast. Their advice? It's okay to take a break — just get right back to climbing! Then in Take Two, Liz and Sarah revisit office roles. This week's Hollywood Hack is an easy-to-use graphic design app: Canva. Finally, Liz reveals her New York City Celebrity Sighting: George Stephanopoulos! Strength Code: https://www.thestrengthcode.com/ The Fix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoVvpfVUqvA Cava: https://www.canva.com/ George Stephanopoulos: https://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek Good Morning America: https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/ Anderson Cooper: https://www.cnn.com/shows/ac-360 Happier Hour Live Events: https://gretchenrubin.com/about/live-events/ Photo by Tory Morrison on Unsplash
02/05/1924m 34s

Ep. 102: The Viper And The Asshole: Liz Dolan And Rico Gagliano Weigh In

Liz and Sarah talk to Safe For Work podcast hosts Liz Dolan and Rico Gagliano about all things work — from dealing with assholes and vipers in the office to making a career change in your 30’s, 40’s, or 50’s. Then Liz and Sarah give a 2019 New Year’s Resolutions update! So far so good! Sarah’s been focusing on progress over perfection, and Liz is on her way to hitting her weight loss goal. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack elevates any event: personalized cocktail napkins! Safe For Work: https://wondery.com/shows/safe-for-work/ Rico Gagliano’s Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/ricogagliano?lang=en Liz Dolan’s Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/SSLiz Satellite Sisters: https://satellitesisters.com/tag/liz-dolan/ Zazzle: https://www.zazzle.com/ Photo by David Clode on Unsplash
25/04/1933m 36s

Ep. 101: Working In An Atmosphere Of Growth

Liz and Sarah discuss their recent Happier in Hollywood writers’ retreat in Ojai — How To Get (And Keep) A Job As A TV Writer — and why it’s essential to live in an atmosphere of growth. Then they answer not 1, but 2 listener questions: one from a writers’ assistant who’s trying to be good at his current job while still pushing to make it to the next level, and a second question about podcasting! In Hits and Bombs, Liz and Sarah hand out hits to Mary, Brook, and The Fix writers’ assistant Laura for their amazing work at the writers’ retreat, and then give themselves a big, drunken bomb. Finally, this week’s grammar-perfecting Hollywood Hack was recommended by numerous HIH writers’ retreat participants: Grammarly! Links: The Fix: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PYX2elOGTKo Hustle and Grace Podcast: http://www.hilarysutton.com/podcast Brook Sitgraves Turner: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8223801/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Grammarly: https://www.grammarly.com Tell it to Sweeney Stand-up Show: https://www.flapperscomedy.com/shows/tell-it-to-sweeney/54697/
18/04/1927m 32s

Ep. 100: 100th Episode Special: Gretchen Declutters The Office!

It’s the 100th episode of Happier in Hollywood! In television land, this would be the holy grail! To celebrate, special guest Gretchen Rubin declutters Liz and Sarah’s office on the Disney lot. Then in Take A Hike, Liz and Sarah (& Gretchen) read (the very few) negative reviews for The Fix and discuss how they deal with public opinion. Finally, this week’s foot-friendly Hollywood Hack is perfect for work: keep a pair of flip flops in your bag to minimize time in blister-inducing heels. Links: The Fix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoVvpfVUqvAGretchen Rubin: https://gretchenrubin.com/Gretchen Rubin Resources: https://gretchenrubin.com/resourcesOuter Order, Inner Calm: https://gretchenrubin.com/books/outer-order-inner-calm/about-the-bookThe Shield: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286486/Best Exotic Baby Names: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Exotic-Baby-Names-Historical/dp/0965733823Rothys: https://rothys.com/womens/best-sellers?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand+RL+181128+l_TE1+e16a Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash
11/04/1936m 23s

Ep. 99: Eat It With Grace

Liz and Sarah talk to Hollywood career coach Carole Kirschner about having a game plan. Her advice? Have it on the stage and on the page! Then in Take Two, they revisit being rewritten — it’s not just a TV writer thing! Lawyers and other professionals experience it, too. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from The Fix writers’ assistant, Laura Snow: widen the net to further your career when you’re feeling stuck in an overcrowded field. Finally, Sarah reveals her horse stables Celebrity Sighting: Lisa Vanderpump! Links:The Fix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkJhX-ccM5kCarole Kirschner: https://www.carolekirschner.com/Hollywood Game Plan: https://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Game-Plan-Digital-Entertainment/dp/1615930868CBS Diversity Writers Mentoring Program: https://www.cbscorporation.com/diversity_institute/writers-mentoring-program/WGA Showrunner Training Program: https://www.wga.org/members/programs/showrunner-trainingJoss Whedon: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0923736/Angel: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162065/?ref_=nm_knf_t4Lisa Vanderpump: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0888838/?ref_=nv_sr_1
04/04/1938m 7s

Ep. 98: What’s Your Role In The Workplace?

It happened! The Fix is on the air! Liz and Sarah discuss how they shook off the nerves of premiere night and enjoyed the moment. Then they discuss the various roles people play in a writers’ room including a Problem-solver, Amplifier, Builder, Analyzer, and more! Liz and Sarah talk to their assistant, Mary, about her upcoming first, big Hollywood meeting. Their advice? Go into the room with confidence! Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack will up your photo-posing game: turn your head at an angle to show your jawline! The Fix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkJhX-ccM5k Sugar Studios LA: http://sugarstudiosla.com/ The Wiltern: http://www.wiltern.com/Idle Hour: https://www.idlehourbar.com/ Ola Shokunbi: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8356628/ Brook Sitgraves Turner: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8223801/?ref_=nv_sr_1
28/03/1936m 32s

Ep. 97: Stay On Your Path

Liz and Sarah share why it’s important to stay on your path — and how they’re staying on their path during an unpredictable time. Then they answer a Mailroom question about how TV ratings are determined. In Take a Hike, Liz and Sarah discuss digital decluttering — unsubscribing from annoying emails and deleting apps. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from TV writer extraordinaire Jane Espenson: writing sprints! Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal their Fryman Canyon Celebrity Sighting: Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey! Links:The Fix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkJhX-ccM5kThe Federal: http://thefederalnoho.com/Nielson: https://www.nielsen.com/us/en.htmlOuter Order, Inner Calm: https://www.amazon.com/Outer-Order-Inner-Calm-Declutter/dp/1984822802Jane Espenson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0260870/Jane Espenson’s Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/JaneEspenson  Buffy The Vampire Slayer: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118276/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_21Game of Thrones: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944947/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_11Angel: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162065/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_28Jenna Fischer: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0278979/Angela Kinsey: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1526554/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t6The Actor’s Guide: A Survival Guide: https://www.amazon.com/Actors-Life-Survival-Guide/dp/1944648224 Photo by Karsten Würth (@inf1783) on Unsplash
21/03/1927m 52s

Ep. 96: Work From Home? Here Are The Essentials

Liz and Sarah talk to business owner and writer Crystal Ellefsen about working from home. Then they answer a Mailroom question about “beauty work” in Hollywood. Then Sarah discusses her recent solo trip to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. This week’s housing Hollywood Hack is affordable and great for making new friends: the Bungalow app! Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal their Kiwami Celebrity sighting: Nancy Carell! Links: The Fix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkJhX-ccM5k Consulting for Authors: http://consultingforauthors.com/ Crystal Ellefsen’s Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/crystalellefsen Satellite Sisters Episode: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/satellite-sisters/id443780324?mt=2#episodeGuid=gid%3A%2F%2Fart19-episode-locator%2FV0%2FJnkQKn4MNQ9WrdTzN64HTuwlsDyIKVJEPW3-SbvGrZM Broadcast Standards & Practices: https://interviews.televisionacademy.com/topics/censorship-standards-practices Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: https://support.bestfriends.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2884&mfc_pref=T&2884.donation=form1&gclid=Cj0KCQjwsZ3kBRCnARIsAIuAV_Skmn31sZ9RWwuw6B09MnuaPJEcWbjLXnrT4EQ0ddmHb3gHBoIVAHYaAtYqEALw_wcB Nancy Carell: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0909391/ The Office: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386676/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Steve Carell: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0136797/?ref_=tt_ov_st_smKiwami: https://www.katsu-yagroup.com/kiwami-by-katsu-ya/ Randy Jackson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1193098/ Photo by Jeff Sheldon on Unsplash
14/03/1931m 34s

Ep. 95: Be All In: Ola Shokunbi Talks About Making The Leap From Lawyer To TV Writer

Liz and Sarah talk to Ola Shokunbi about his journey from representing pharmaceutical companies as a lawyer in D.C. to being a staff writer for The Fix. His advice on switching careers? Be all in! Then Sarah shares her airplane hit, and Liz has a post-surgery bomb. This week’s Hollywood Hack is all about self-pampering: invest in a paraffin wax bath. Finally, Mary shares her Big Little Lies Celebrity Sighting: Laura Dern! Links:Outer Order, Inner Calm: https://www.amazon.com/Outer-Order-Inner-Calm Declutter/dp/1984822802 The Fix: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dkJhX-ccM5k Ola Shokunbi: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8356628/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Sade: https://deadline.com/2018/07/disney-sade-fairytale-african-princess-rick-famuyiwa-producing-1202434114/ Paraffin Wax Bath: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/homedics-reg-paraspa-trade-pro-heat-therapy-paraffin-bath/1040811918?skuId=40811918&&mrkgcl=609&mrkgadid=3301588810&enginename=google&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_beautywellness_local&product_id=40811918&adtype=pla&product_channel=local&adpos=1o4&creative=232742510542&device=t&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6qHF0Y3p4AIVoRx9Ch3phw4SEAQYBCABEgJc-_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Laura Dern: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000368/?ref_=nv_sr_1Mendocino Farms: https://www.mendocinofarms.com/
07/03/1934m 24s

Ep. 94: Good Work Doesn’t Happen After Dinner

Liz and Sarah discuss good (and bad) time management skills— for showrunners, and anyone else in a leadership position. A couple tips: give feedback instead of taking on the work yourself, and have an out time. Then, in Take Two, they revisit Sarah’s zen acceptance of L.A. traffic. This week’s business-savvy Hollywood Hack comes from Mandeville TV’s Director of Development, Lea Cuello: pre-Google the person you (or your boss) are meeting with! Finally, Liz shares her Fryman Canyon Celebrity Sighting: Kyle Richards! Links: WGA Showrunner Training Program: https://www.wga.org/members/programs/showrunner-training Carol Barbee: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0053322/ Chris Cantwell: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3437456/?ref_=tt_ov_wr Chris Rogers: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4815022/?ref_=tt_ov_wr Halt and Catch Fire: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543312/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Joss Whedon: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0923736/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Dollhouse: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1135300/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Mekhi Phifer: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001616/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Lea Cuello: http://mandfilms.com/about/lea-cuello/ Channing Dungey: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1055381/ Kyle Richards: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0724202/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Photo by Julian Hochgesang on Unsplash
28/02/1931m 15s

Ep. 93: Be Yourself But Better: Prepping For Press

Liz and Sarah discuss the importance of doing press for their new show The Fix, and their recent Television Critics Association experience. Their advice? Be yourself... and Drybar! Also — know your talking points. Then they answer a listener question about building a social media presence. This week’s Hollywood Hack helps you find your favorite show online: JustWatch! Finally, Liz and Sarah (and Mary) share the many stars they saw at the Television Critics Association including Eva Longoria, Dax Shepard, Scott Foley, Lauren Cohan, Pam Grier, and Demian Bichir! Links: Happier in Hollywood Writer’s Retreat: Will be up Thursday! The Fix: https://abc.go.com/shows/abc-new-shows/news/shows/the-fix-coming-soon-to-abc Marcia Clark: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1133849/ My Founder Story: myfounderstory.com Pepper Reed: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4213808/ Television Critics Association: http://tvcritics.org/ Drybar: https://www.thedrybar.com/locations/?gclid=CjwKCAiA767jBRBqEiwAGdAOr56ltxmBRQjMz0xFQE6Hc5UnsTddQsfaYqnPur58fgPMw1tGECy67hoCQ9gQAvD_BwE JustWatch: https://www.justwatch.com/us/apps Eva Longoria: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0519456/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Dax Shepard: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1009277/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Scott Foley: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004930/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Lauren Cohan: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1659348/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Pam Grier: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000427/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Demian Bichir: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0065007/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Colton Underwood: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9846206/
21/02/1933m 43s

Ep. 92: Ask Yourself: Does This Move The Needle?

Liz and Sarah discuss how they pick their battles when they're running a TV show. Their two most important questions: Is this inevitable? Does this move the needle? Then they call their agent, WME partner Matt Solo, to ask him a question from a listener whose dream is to be an agent herself. This week's Hollywood Hack was inspired by an Eco-friendly gift Sarah received: felted dryer balls. And finally, Liz and Sarah reveal this week's 80's Celebrity Sighting: Alan Ruck!  Links: The Fix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkJhX-ccM5k Lucia Apothecary: https://www.luciacompany.com/Default.asp WME: http://wmeentertainment.com/ Alan Ruck: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001688/ Ferris Bueller's Day Off: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091042/ Succession: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7660850/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_6 DIY Felted Dryer Balls: https://www.diynatural.com/how-to-make-wool-dryer-balls/https://variety.com/exec/matt-solo/ Photo by AbsolutVision on Unsplash
14/02/1937m 41s

Ep. 91: Irons In The Fire

Liz and Sarah discuss the pros and cons of having irons in the fire. Their advice? Have three to five GOOD irons in the fire at a time. Then they check in with their assistant Mary to talk about her adventures in stand-up comedy. This week’s Hollywood Hack is meaningful and fun: commission a piece of art. Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal The Fix editor’s restroom Celebrity Sighting: John Mayer! Ozark: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5071412/?ref_=nv_sr_1Mary’s Stand-up Show: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discount-tickets-to-the-comedy-store-comedy-madness-show-tickets-55784357515Amy Smith: https://artbycolorscape.com/Todd Barry: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0058178/?ref_=nv_sr_1Harland Williams: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005558/The Comedy Store: https://thecomedystore.com/Chris Rock: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001674Larry David: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0202970/?ref_=nv_sr_1Ali Wong: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4399227/?ref_=nv_sr_1Jordan Peele: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1443502/?ref_=nv_sr_1Bo Burnham: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3102998/?ref_=nv_sr_1Jen Kirkman: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1327303/John Mayer: https://johnmayer.com/Brad Katz: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1375461/
07/02/1930m 31s

Ep. 90: Have A “Why”

Sparked by a listener question, Liz and Sarah discuss the difference between writing for TV versus movies. One reason they chose to work in television: writers have more control. Then Liz and Sarah talk about why it’s important to have a “why.” In Hits and Bombs, Liz reveals her reading hit (Educated) and Sarah has a gyno bomb. This week’s earth-friendly Hollywood Hack is sweeping the entertainment industry: Scriptation. Finally, Sarah shares her vicarious Ojai Celebrity Sighting: Jason Segal! Links: Madison Reed: https://www.madison-reed.com/ Hairprint: https://www.myhairprint.com/ Educated: https://www.amazon.com/Educated-Memoir-Random-House-Large/dp/0525589988/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1548799491&sr=8-3&keywords=educated+a+memoir+by+tara Tara Westover: https://tarawestover.com/ Bad Blood: https://www.amazon.com/Bad-Blood-Secrets-Silicon-Startup/dp/152473165X Scriptation: https://scriptation.com/ Blackish: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3487356/ Hot in Cleveland: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1583607/ Jason Segal: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3777224/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Photo by Evan Dennis on Unsplash
31/01/1929m 34s

Ep. 89: Go Where The Fires Are With The Fix’s Michael Katleman

Liz and Sarah interview The Fix’s Executive Producer/Director Michael Katleman! He explains what it’s like to be an Executive Producer/Director for TV and why being on set makes him happier in Hollywood. His advice to aspiring directors? Get out there and shoot. It’s easier than ever. This week’s Hollywood Hack is earth-friendly AND high tech: Rocketbook Everlast. And finally, Sarah Fain was a Happier in Hollywood fan’s Celebrity Sighting! Links:Allyson Fanger: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0112999/Zara: https://www.zara.com/us/The Fix: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dkJhX-ccM5kMichael Katleman: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003150/Scandal: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1837576/?ref_=nv_sr_1The X-Files: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106179/?ref_=nv_sr_1Smallville: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0279600/?ref_=nv_sr_1ER: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108757/?ref_=nv_sr_1Justified: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1489428/?ref_=nv_sr_1How to Get Away with Murder: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3205802/?ref_=nv_sr_1Primeval: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808096/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Last Ship: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2402207/?ref_=nv_sr_1Life on Mars: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478942/?ref_=nv_sr_1Tru Calling: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364817/?ref_=nv_sr_1Gilmore Girls: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0238784/?ref_=nv_sr_1China Beach: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094433/?ref_=nv_sr_1Rocketbook Everlast: https://getrocketbook.com/
24/01/1934m 48s

Ep. 88: To Do List, Or Not To Do List

Liz and Sarah are DONE with the first season of The Fix! They discuss how they’re managing their anxiety before the big premiere on March 18th. Some coping mechanisms: planning for Season Two, focusing on “life stuff,” and a potential trip to the Integratron. After their new segment Take Two, in which Liz and Sarah revisit Personal Symbols, they debate To Do Lists in a spirited L v. S. Finally, Sarah reveals this week’s Hollywood Hack: an email account for your child. Links:The Fix: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dkJhX-ccM5kThe Fix Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/thefixabcThe Fix Writers Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/TheFixWritersBest Friends Animal Sanctuary: https://support.bestfriends.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2884&mfc_pref=T&2884.donation=form1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6brSnOrw3wIVzCCtBh0VnAswEAAYASAAEgJs1PD_BwEIntegratron: https://www.integratron.com/Levenger Next Level To-Do Organizer: https://www.levenger.com/circa-next-level-to-do-organizer-notebook-13655.aspx Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash
17/01/1929m 8s

Ep. 87: From The Mailroom: A Listener Questions Episode

Liz and Sarah answer all your questions about the entertainment industry in this very special Mailroom episode! What are some qualities of a script they can’t put down? How do they handle all the no’s that come before a yes? What does it mean to break a story? Liz and Sarah dive into all this and more! Links: The Happiness Project Experience: https://courses.gretchenrubin.com/happiness/?ref=8 The Fix: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dkJhXOz: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118421/ All About Us: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0858424/ The Shield: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286486/ For the People: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6437276/ Jane Espenson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0260870/ Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash
10/01/1930m 44s

Ep. 86: Up Your Wardrobe Game!

Liz and Sarah talk to the queen of Costume Design: The Fix’s Allyson Fanger! Allyson shares which actor was the most fun to dress, how to build a character through wardrobe, and tips on how to up your own style game. Then Liz and Sarah discuss their recent Ojai getaway and how a change of scene can help you make a difficult decision. This week’s comfy Hollywood Hack is a must: get a lounge outfit. Finally, Sarah reveals her Christmas tree lot celebrity sighting: Viola Davis! Links: The Fix: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dkJhX- Allyson Fanger: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0112999/ Jane Fonda: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000404/?ref_=tt_cl_t2 Lily Tomlin: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005499/?ref_=tt_cl_t3 Grace and Frankie: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3609352/ Scott Cohen: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0169753/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Ojai Valley Inn: https://www.ojaivalleyinn.com/ Viola Davis: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0205626/ Photo by Gursimrat Ganda on Unsplash
03/01/1932m 36s

Ep. 85: New Year’s Resolutions!

Liz and Sarah announce The Fix’s Premiere date! Tune in Monday, March 18th at 10pm! Then Liz and Sarah discuss their New Year’s resolutions for 2019. Liz vows to achieve her goal weight while Sarah wants to focus on progress not perfection. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from Bob Fisher, co-writer of the hit comedies, Overboard and Wedding Crashers: they don’t remember late, they remember bad. Finally, in this week’s Celebrity Sighting, Liz and Sarah met Lea Thompson at a holiday party! Links: The Fix Trailer: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dkJhX-ccM5k The Fix Premiere Date Announcement: https://deadline.com/2018/12/abc-midseason-schedule-a-million-little-things-thursday-dacning-with-the-stars-off-break-whiskey-cavalier-the-fix-premiere-date-1202518178/ Bob Fisher: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1462097 Wedding Crashers: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0396269/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Overboard: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1563742/?ref_=nm_knf_i4 Lea Thompson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000670/?ref_=nv_sr_1
27/12/1833m 13s

Ep. 84: From Expand To Explode: Pick YOUR Theme For 2019

What’s Liz and Sarah’s team theme for 2019? EXPLODE! They reflect on the ways in which they expanded in 2018 and discuss how they’ll explode in 2019, including their goals of hosting a TV writing retreat, getting a Season 2 pickup for The Fix, and producing a fiction podcast. Then they answer a listener question about how to help launch a teenaged aspiring writer. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from The Fix’s Director of Photography, Bob Humphreys: be nice to everyone because you never know who will be your boss one day. Finally, in this week’s Celebrity Sighting, Liz and Sarah switch it up a bit and share all the hip places to spot celebrities in LA, such as the Studio City Farmers Market, Il Segreto, and Craig’s. Gift of Podcast: giftofpodcast.com Alex Cunningham: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1017827/ Dirty John: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7945720/ Connie Britton: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0110168/?ref_=nv_sr_1 The Fix Trailer: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dkJhX-ccM5k Homecoming: https://www.gimletmedia.com/homecoming Harvard Lampoon: https://www.harvardlampoon.com/ Il Segreto: http://www.ilsegretoristorante.com/ Gwen Stefani: https://www.gwenstefani.com/ Danny DeVito: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000362/ Kyle Richards: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0724202/ Craig’s: https://craigs.la/ James Gandolfini: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001254/ Sky Zone: https://www.skyzone.com/ Jason Bateman: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000867/ Pinz: http://pinzla.com/ Lisa Rinna: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005362/ Harry Hamlin: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002122/ Michael Chiklis: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004821/ Mariah Carey: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001014/ Gracias Madre: http://graciasmadreweho.com/ Sugarfish: https://sugarfishsushi.com/our-locations/studio-city The Grove: https://thegrovela.com/ Photo by Edewaa Foster on Unsplash
20/12/1830m 50s

Ep. 83: Lightning Bolts and Daisies: Embrace Your Personal Symbol

Sparked by a gift from The Fix actor, Merrin Dungey, Liz has finally discovered her personal symbol: a lightning bolt! Liz and Sarah discuss what personal symbols are and how they inspire people to live up to their full potential. Then they answer a listener question about why Hollywood assistant salaries are so low. This week’s Hollywood Hack is fun and festive: have a work holiday party for your floor or building. Finally, in this week’s Celebrity Sighting, Liz was all a flutter when she and Sarah saw NUMEROUS Bravo celebrities including Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, and Teddy Mellencamp at the AC2 event. Links: Gift of Podcast: giftofpodcast.com Merrin Dungey: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0242257/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Electric Human: https://electrichuman.com/ Randall Winston: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0935631/ Tracey Robertson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0732053/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Larry Wilmore: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0932831/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Bob Humphreys: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1338122/?ref_=nv_sr_2 Sabrina Wind: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0934649/?ref_=nv_sr_1 AC2: http://www.ac2live.com/ Anderson Cooper: https://www.cnn.com/shows/ac-360 Andy Cohen: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0169212/ Kyle Richards: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0724202/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Teddi Mellencamp: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9487671/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Lisa Rinna: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005362/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Harry Hamlin: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002122/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Jeff Lewis: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2742730/?ref_=nv_sr_2 Photo by Mélody P on Unsplash
13/12/1829m 6s

Ep. 82: Put Yourself Out There (Even When You Don’t Feel Like It)

What’s one secret to success? Put yourself out there! Liz and Sarah share how they recently put themselves out there — by speaking at a Women in Film Panel — and they’re glad they did! Then they answer a listener question about parenting an aspiring TV writer. Their advice? Back the “F” off... in the kindest way possible. In Hits and Bombs, Sarah shares her no-makeup bomb, and Liz gives a hit to The Fix’s music composer, Greg Tripi, who brought his Halo Handpan into the office. Finally, Happier in Hollywood producer Chuck Reed reveals this week’s password Hollywood Hack: One Safe! Links: Gift of Podcast: giftofpodcast.com Homecoming: https://www.gimletmedia.com/homecoming Dirty John: https://wondery.com/shows/dirty-john/ This is 50: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/sheri-salata/this-is-fifty-with-sheri-and-nancy/e/51192721 Satellite Sisters: https://satellitesisters.com/ Pod Save America: https://art19.com/shows/pod-save-america Slow Burn: https://slate.com/slow-burn?utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Slow_Burn_S2&utm_content=Ad_4&utm_source=adwords Little Stories for Tiny People: http://www.littlestoriestinypeople.com/ Brains On: https://www.brainson.org/ Wow in the World: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510321/wow-in-the-world Inside Julia’s Kitchen: https://heritageradionetwork.org/series/inside-julias-kitchen/ Nichelle Tramble: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2838492/ Women in Film: https://womeninfilm.org/ Halo Handpan: https://www.pantheonsteel.com/ One Safe: http://www.onesafe-apps.com/apps Last Pass: https://www.lastpass.com 1Password: https://1password.com
06/12/1833m 33s

Ep. 81: Holiday Giving Guide — Don’t Gift Up!

The Holidays are right around the corner! Liz and Sarah discuss holiday business gifts. From tassel key chains, to Sugarfina, to empowering socks, they’ve got suggestions for any budget. (But the big question is... what are they going to get for Marcia Clark!?) Then they talk about turning a negative into a positive after experiencing terrible traffic that eventually led to an impromptu writing partner dinner date with great wine. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from The Fix Executive Producer and director Michael Katleman: chew gum on set. Finally, Sarah reveals her celebrity sighting: Travis Barker! Angel: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162065 Laurie Zaks: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1144175 Leatherology: https://www.leatherology.com Sugarfina: https://www.sugarfina.com The Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0015382/?ref_=tt_cl_t2 Note To Self Socks: https://www.notestoself.com Claire Vivier: https://www.clarev.com Topsy Popcorn: https://www.topsyspopcorn.com Burke Williams: https://burkewilliamsspa.com/giftcards/ Oprah’s Favorite Things List: https://www.oprahmag.com/life/a24483259/oprah-favorite-things-2018 Wallys: https://www.wallywine.com Marcia Clark: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1133849 Farm Shop: http://farmshopca.com Michael Katleman: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003150 Travis Barker: https://www.travisbarker.com Crossroads: http://www.crossroadskitchen.co Weingut Michael Frohlich: https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/escherndorf+silvaner+trocken+michael+frohlich Photo: Kira auf der Heide
29/11/1828m 8s

Ep. 80: Power Down After Production!

What do you do when you're facing verbal abuse in the workplace? Liz and Sarah answer this listener question and call their friend Nichelle Tramble who experienced this early in her career. Her advice? She walked on out and never looked back. The good news? Nichelle is now a hugely successful TV writer. Then Liz and Sarah talk about the sense of relief they’re feeling now that Season One of The Fix is over. In Hits and Bombs, they share a collective hit: the crew pulled off production after the fires in Malibu. The bomb of the week: forgetting to put "Season One" on the crew gift hoodies. Links:Nichelle Tramble: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2838492/ Are You Sleeping: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7821582/?ref_=nv_sr_1Lizzy Caplan: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0135221/?ref_=tt_cl_t2Octavia Spencer: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0818055/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Good Wife: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1442462/?ref_=nv_sr_1Justified: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1489428/?ref_=nv_sr_1Women's Murder Club: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0955353/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/?ref_=nv_sr_1Honey Baked Ham: https://shophoneybaked.com/ Photo by Malte Wingen on Unsplash
22/11/1834m 19s

Ep. 79: Gratitude Is Good For You

Is it possible to break in to Hollywood after age 40? Liz and Sarah say it’s possible... but not easy. Note: Having undeniably great material is the important thing— at any age. Then they talk about why their happy Gratitude Month (November) followed their October Hell Month, and how being grateful can help everyone feel happier and more positive. This week’s Hollywood Hack is inspired by Sarah’s recent loss: sympathy cards. And finally, Mary reveals this week’s celebrity sighting on the Disney lot: Spike Lee! Links: The Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/ Glory Days: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0281445/ Kevin Williamson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0932078/?ref_=tt_ov_wr Jenna Fischer: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0278979/?ref_=nv_sr_1 The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide: https://www.amazon.com/Actors-Life-Survival-Guide/dp/1944648224 Choose to be Grateful. It will Make you Happier: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/opinion/sunday/choose-to-be-grateful-it-will-make-you-happier.html Spike Lee: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000490/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Photo by Simon Maage on Unsplash
15/11/1832m 9s

Ep. 78: The Art Of Conversation

Want to make a better impression when you network? Liz and Sarah explore how to improve your conversation skills. Hint: be more interested to be more interesting. Then in L vs. S, they debate remodeling. Should Sarah renovate her house or move? Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal this week's Hollywood Hack courtesy of one of our listeners: crappy dinner party! Links: 3 Tips to have Better Conversations: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/16/smarter-living/tips-better-conversations.html Fortnite: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fortnite/id1261357853?mt=8 The Nature Fix: https://www.amazon.com/Nature-Fix-Happier-Healthier-Creative/dp/0393242714 Hiking Trails in LA: https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/blog/hiking-los-angeles-las-best-trails Photo by Milivoj Kuhar on Unsplash
08/11/1828m 9s

Ep.77: Being A Badass: An Interview With Director Liz Friedlander

In this week's "The Mailroom" segment, Liz and Sarah share tips on how to stand out as a Writers' PA. (Hint: It's more than just getting lunch orders correct!) Then they interview their professional crush, director Liz Friedlander, and discuss everything from being a female director in Hollywood to playing the "V card" when negotiating pay. Finally, Liz and Sarah share a stress-relieving Hollywood Hack: if you google a medical issue you're having, add the word benign. Links: The Happiness Project Tenth Year Anniversary Edition: https://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Project-Tenth-Anniversary-Aristotle/dp/0062888749 Writers' P.A.: https://amysuto.com/2017/09/writers-assistant-showrunners-assistant-and-writers-pa-what-these-jobs-are-and-how-to-get-them/ Liz Friedlander: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0295107/ Conviction: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5396572/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Jessica Jones: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2357547/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Vampire Diaries: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1405406/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Stalker: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3560094/?ref_=nv_sr_3 UCLA: http://www.tft.ucla.edu/ Jack Valenti: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0884122/ Kevin Williamson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0932078/ Nathan Fillion: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0277213/?ref_=nv_sr_1 The Rookie: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7587890/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_3
01/11/1840m 22s

Ep.76: Surviving Hell Month

Liz and Sarah are in the midst of Hell Month. They discuss how they’re getting through the time-management nightmare of writing, shooting, AND editing all at the same time on their show, The Fix. Then this week's Hollywood Hack is: always have a man in the room when you're interviewing candidates for a job. You’ll love the reason why. Finally, Liz reveals her husband's celebrity sighting at Craig's: Mariah Carey! eCornell: https://www.ecornell.com/Self Care Project: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/self-care-project-tickets-49106480806Election Day: https://www.usa.gov/election-dayThe Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/Ojai Valley Inn and Spa: https://www.ojaivalleyinn.com/Nichelle Tramble: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2838492/?ref_=nv_sr_1Lizzy Caplan: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0135221/?ref_=nv_sr_1Octavia Spencer: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0818055/?ref_=nv_sr_1Are You Sleeping: https://deadline.com/2018/01/are-you-sleeping-drama-series-octavia-spencer-star-apple-reese-witherspoon-peter-chernin-producing-1202234750/Michelle King:https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0455080/?ref_=nv_sr_1Mariah Carey: http://www.mcgtfo.com/Craig's: https://craigs.la/ Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash
25/10/1822m 3s

Ep. 75: Growing Up Hollywood

Prompted by a listener question about living paycheck to paycheck in Hollywood, Liz and Sarah introduce a new listener questions segment called "The Mailroom." Then they discuss growing up in La La Land with Autumn Chiklis, actor and author of the new bestselling novel Smothered. Her advice to Liz and Sarah to keep their kids grounded? Be there! Finally, this week's Hollywood Hack: to remember someone’s name, do a little online semi-stalking. Links: Autumn Chiklis: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1188915/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Smothered: https://www.amazon.com/Smothered-Novel-Autumn-Chiklis/dp/1250306787 The Shield: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286486/ Michael Chiklis: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004821/?ref_=nv_sr_1 USC: https://www.usc.edu/
18/10/1834m 28s

Ep. 74: Embrace The Unknown

Liz and Sarah discuss the notion that you never know what's around the corner, so you might as well embrace the unknown and enjoy the small victories along the way. Then in Hits and Bombs, Sarah shares her play date fail, and Liz joins a mahjong group! This week's Hollywood Hack: targeted therapy. Finally, Sarah reveals her Celebrity Sighting from the farmer's market: Jason Schwartzman. Links:The Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/Minneapolis: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/WME: http://wmeentertainment.com/Mahjong: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MahjongJason Schwartzman: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005403/ Photo by Shu xin on Unsplash
11/10/1826m 51s

Ep. 73: Who's Your Professional Crush?

Liz and Sarah have crushes -- professional crushes! Who are they, and why do they try to emulate them? Then Sarah shares why being less concerned about punctuality helps decrease stress, especially as a parent. Finally, this week's Hollywood Hack: keep a full makeup bag at work! Links:Marti Noxon: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0637497/Angel: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162065/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_20Joss Whedon: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0923736/?ref_=nv_sr_1Buffy The Vampire Slayer: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118276/?ref_=nm_knf_i1Unreal: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3314218/?ref_=nv_sr_1Dietland: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5869202/?ref_=nv_sr_1Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2817246/?ref_=nv_sr_1Code Black: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4452630/?ref_=nv_sr_1Channing Dungey: https://www.disneyabcpress.com/abc/abc-executives/Liz Friedlander: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0295107/?ref_=nv_sr_1Tracee Ellis Ross: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0743896/?ref_=nv_sr_1Diana Ross: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005384/?ref_=nv_sr_1Shawn Ryan: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0752841/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Photo by Leonardo Sanches on Unsplash
04/10/1830m 7s

Ep. 72: How To Staff A Writers' Room

Liz and Sarah discuss the art and science of staffing their writers' room on The Fix. What are they looking for? How many pages of a sample script do they usually read? What makes a writer stand out? Then they talk to their assistant Mary about her very "woo-woo" trip to the Integratron sound bath in Joshua Tree. Finally, this week's tech-savvy transaction Hollywood Hack: Venmo!  Kimonos:https://shop.nordstrom.com/sr?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=kimonos&typein=kimono&position=1The Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/Writers' Room: https://www.scriptmag.com/features/writers-room-101-first-writers-roomIntegratron: https://www.integratron.com/George Van Tassel: http://www.labyrinthina.com/amazing-integratron-at-giant-rock.htmlJoshua Tree: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htmSinging Crystal Bowls: https://www.amazon.com/TOPFUND-Singing-Crystal-Sticker-Included/dp/B00NM8MV2W/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1537896897&sr=8-3&keywords=crystal+singing+bowlsSound Bath: https://www.elitedaily.com/p/what-is-a-sound-bath-5-thing-to-know-before-you-bathe-in-the-sound-2975477Venmo: https://venmo.com/The Bachelor: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0313038/ Photo by Sasha • Stories on Unsplash
27/09/1831m 30s

Ep. 71: Take An Obligation Vacation

Sparked by Roxane Gay's Nemesis Twitter, Liz and Sarah discuss nemeses and how they can serve as motivation. Then they talk about Sarah's recent "obligation vacation" and the many obligations we could all use a vacation from—  order a meal service for a week so you don't have to cook, take a break from cleaning your house, or ignore the mail for a few days. Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal this week's Oprah-approved Hollywood Hack: the Abosu cold brew coffee maker. Links:RAICES: https://actionnetwork.org/groups/raices-refugee-and-immigrant-center-for-education-and-legal-servicesLive Reading of the Goonies: https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/the-goonies-liveTwitter: https://twitter.com/thegoonieslive?lang=enGina Rodriguez: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1752221/Brittany Snow: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0811242/?ref_=nv_sr_1Roxane Gay: http://www.roxanegay.com/ Roxane Gay Nemesis Twitter article: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nemesis-twitter-roxane-gay_us_5b8719bae4b0cf7b0031d083Roxane Gay's twitter: https://twitter.com/rgay?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5EauthorBad Feminist: https://www.amazon.com/Bad-Feminist-Essays-Roxane-Gay/dp/0062282719Difficult Women: https://www.amazon.com/Difficult-Women-Roxane-Gay/dp/0802127371/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537297636&sr=1-1&keywords=difficult+women+roxane+gayHunger: https://www.amazon.com/Hunger-Memoir-Body-Roxane-Gay/dp/0062420712/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537297651&sr=1-1&keywords=Hunger+roxane+gayAbosu Cold Brew Coffee Maker: http://www.asobubottle.com/product/99 Photo by Noemí Jiménez on Unsplash
20/09/1826m 7s

Ep. 70: Make The Thing You Love To Make

Why do we ignore red flags? Prompted by Liz's recent read of the book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou, she and Sarah discuss how and why people dismiss red flags in their professional and personal lives. Then they interview TV/comic book writer Ben Blacker about his podcast The Writers Panel and his upcoming comic book Hex Wives. Finally, Liz reveals a parent-friendly Hollywood Hack she recently discovered: work while your kid is falling asleep. Links:RAICES: https://actionnetwork.org/groups/raices-refugee-and-immigrant-center-for-education-and-legal-servicesThe Goonies Live Tickets: https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=edc8f1f63e5ef70911c278b299e7f231&vqitq=fb116332-c926-48e5-b843-54c19322190d&vqitp=dbc92599-9b99-475b-a91c-d997eb9390f2&vqitts=1535339779&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=441f0539857bcbb450ec2184073df055The Goonies Live Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheGooniesLiveGina Rodriguez: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1752221/Brittany Snow: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0811242/?ref_=nv_sr_1Bad Blood: https://www.amazon.com/Bad-Blood-Secrets-Silicon-Startup/dp/152473165XElizabeth Holmes: https://www.businessinsider.com/theranos-founder-ceo-elizabeth-holmes-life-story-bio-2018-4Theranos: http://www.theranos.com/Jennifer Lawrence: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2225369/?ref_=nv_sr_1George Schultz: https://history.state.gov/departmenthistory/people/shultz-george-prattHenry Kissinger: https://www.henryakissinger.com/True Detective: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2356777/?ref_=nv_sr_1Dirty John: https://wondery.com/shows/dirty-john/Ben Blacker: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3011071/?ref_=nv_sr_1Ben Acker: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0009921/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Thrilling Adventure Hour: http://thrillingadventurehour.com/Supernatural: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460681/?ref_=nv_sr_1Hex Wives: https://www.comixology.com/Hex-Wives-2018/comics-series/123464?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVyComic Book Store Locator: https://www.comicshoplocator.com/Home/1/1/57/575The Writers Panel: http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/the-writers-panel/826 LA: http://826la.org/
13/09/1842m 46s

Ep. 69: Our Dream Guest! An Interview With ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey

Liz and Sarah's dream guest doesn't disappoint! They talk to ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey about everything from the benefits of compartmentalizing, diversity in Hollywood, the famous Roseanne decision, to television development and why her notes are so good. Then Liz and Sarah share this week's fitness Hollywood Hack: get your coworkers to do a plank with you every hour. Finally, Liz reveals this week's Celebrity Sighting at the doctor's office: Mindy Kaling! Links:Channing Dungey: https://www.disneyabcpress.com/abc/abc-executives/The Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1The Good Doctor: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6470478/?ref_=nv_sr_1Roseanne: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094540/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_1American Idol: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319931/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Goldbergs: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2712740/?ref_=nv_sr_1Grey's Anatomy: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0413573/?ref_=nv_sr_1UCLA: http://www.ucla.edu/Step Up: https://www.suwn.org/Suzanne Patmore Gibbs: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2616212/?ref_=nv_sr_1Morgan Wandell: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2325304/?ref_=nv_sr_1Ed McDonnell: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0568093/Steven Segal: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000219/?ref_=nv_sr_1Lucy Fisher: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0279651/?ref_=nv_sr_1Bob Iger: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2250609/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Conners: https://deadline.com/2018/06/roseanne-spinoff-the-conners-abc-no-roseanne-barr-involvement-1202415440/Merrin Dungey: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0242257/?ref_=nv_sr_1Mark Pedowitz: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1647392/?ref_=nv_sr_1Mindy Kaling: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1411676/Oprah Winfrey: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001856/?ref_=nv_sr_1Diane Keaton: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000473/?ref_=nv_sr_1
06/09/1845m 42s

Ep. 68: My Work Is Not My Worth -- A Happier Labor Day Episode

We want you to have a Happier Labor Day! This Labor Day, the Onward Project podcasts are all about improving your work life. (So be sure to listen to Episode 184 of Happier with Gretchen Rubin and Episode 611 of Side Hustle School!) Here on Happier In Hollywood we asked our listeners a question— does your job define you, and should it? And, wow, did you answer! We got tons of revealing responses— from Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers— and Liz and Sarah are going to share them in this episode. Liz and Sarah will also reveal whether we feel defined by our job as writers/producers/showrunners. Finally, we have a work-related Hollywood Hack: prepare a menu of personal stories to break out in meetings! Links: History Labor Day: https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history Happier With Gretchen Rubin: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/ Side Hustle School: https://sidehustleschool.com/ Channing Dungey: https://www.disneyabcpress.com/abc/abc-executives/ The Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/ Tapping Millennial Passions: http://www.millennialmarketing.com/2011/09/tapping-millennial-passions/
30/08/1839m 32s

Ep. 67: A Day In The Life Of A Showrunner

It's all about the "bullet train!" Liz and Sarah discuss the notion of quiddity (the inherent essence of someone or something) and how "bullet train" is the quiddity of The Fix. Then they share their hectic schedule on the first day of shooting -- and it's not all writing --  a 7am call time, a notes call, and a check-in with the lead actors all before 10:30am! This week's Hollywood Hack is sweeping Los Angeles: Kimonos! Liz and Sarah have even started a "kimono klub." Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal this week's Celebrity Sighting: Miles Brown from Black-ish! Links:Register to Vote: https://www.usa.gov/register-to-voteQuiddity Definition: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quiddityThe Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/Showrunner: https://www.businessinsider.com/what-does-a-showrunner-do-2016-7 Kimonos: https://www.crfashionbook.com/fashion/g19853087/are-kimonos-the-new-spring-cardigan/Miles Brown: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5077468/Black-ish: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3487356/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1Tracee Ellis Ross: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0743896/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash
23/08/1826m 38s

Ep. 66: Perseverance Pays Off - The Story of The Fix 102

Liz and Sarah share the lessons they learned writing The Fix episode 102. It's a tale of perseverance and a little bit of panic. Then they discuss a listener question about the pros and cons of getting a dog. (Spoiler alert: Liz is getting a dog. Well, thinking about it.) This week's Hollywood Hack: the on-demand massage app, Soothe! Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal a vicarious celebrity sighting from the Christopher Robin premiere on the Disney lot: Ewan McGregor!  Links:The Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/ Adopt A Pet: https://www.adoptapet.com/dog-adoption Wags and Walks: http://wagsandwalks.org/ Ewan McGregor: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000191/ Soothe: https://www.soothe.com/ Christopher Robin: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4575576/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_4
16/08/1823m 16s

Ep. 65: Be the Inevitable Choice: A Listener Questions Episode!

You have questions -- Liz and Sarah have answers! What advice does Sarah have for choice moms? Why does Liz feel so strongly about writers' assistant notes?  How do you approach a supervisor when a job you want becomes available? How do the roles of directors and producers differ? They answer all these and more in this special listener questions episode! Links: Happier With Gretchen Rubin: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Side Hustle School: https://sidehustleschool.com/Shawn Ryan: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0752841/TV Pilot: https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-a-pilot-episode-136877TV Testing: https://www.wsj.com/articles/test-audiences-can-make-or-break-new-tv-series-1463244543An Actor's Life: https://www.amazon.com/Actors-Life-Survival-Guide/dp/1944648224Satellite Sisters: https://satellitesisters.com/Choice Mom: http://www.choicemoms.org/about/about_choice_moms/Sarah's Interview on Sound Mind & Body: http://soundmindbodypodcast.com/health/wellness/e39-choosing-single-parenting-sarah-fain/Knock Yourself Up: https://www.amazon.com/Knock-Yourself-Up-Tell-All-Becoming/dp/1583332863Mikki Morrissette: https://www.amazon.com/Mikki-Morrissette/e/B001IOBLDWJane Mattes: https://www.singlemothersbychoice.org/about/aboutjane/Feed Your Fertility: https://www.amazon.com/Feed-Your-Fertility-Cultivating-Pregnancy/dp/1592336620 Photo by Emily Morter on Unsplash
09/08/1836m 13s

Ep. 64: Enneagrams And Fun, Fun Fridays!

Liz and Sarah discuss Fun, Fun Fridays — what they are and why they’re bringing The Fix team together. Then Liz and Sarah reveal their enneagram results and talk to world-renowned executive coach Michael Melcher about how personality type influences leadership style. This week’s fashionable Hollywood Hack: get a signature belt. Finally, Liz’s celebrity sighting this week is Rachel Lindsay from The Bachelorette. If only Liz had mustered the courage to ask for a selfie! Links: How To Start Knitting (And Learn To Love It!): https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/11/smarter-living/how-to-start-knitting.htmlMark Grossan: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0343523/Puppy Party: https://www.today.com/pets/puppy-parties-are-real-thing-one-happened-today-studio-t38301Michael Melcher: http://www.michaelmelcher.com/Meanwhile: A Podcast To Improve Your Life: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/meanwhile-a-podcast-to-improve-your-life/id1196203650?mt=2Next Step Partners: https://nextsteppartners.com/michael-melcher/Soft Skills: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/list-of-soft-skills-2063770Hard Skills: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/what-are-hard-skills-2060829Enneagram Types: https://www.integrative9.com/enneagram/introduction/Dana Walden: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0992861/Robin Tunney: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000677/?ref_=nv_sr_1Designer Belt Bags: https://www.neimanmarcus.com/c/handbags-handbags-belt-bags-cat67650739Rachel Lindsay: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8658068/?ref_=nv_sr_2
02/08/1835m 32s

Ep.63: From The Mailroom To Billion Dollar Blockbusters -- An Interview With Mega-Producer David Hoberman

Liz and Sarah are stressed out! During this insanely busy time for their ABC show, The Fix, they discuss their go-to tools for managing stress -- and whether or not they're working. Then they talk to their favorite mogul David Hoberman, founder and co-owner of Mandeville Films and Television, about being a producer, the #MeToo movement, and how to resolve conflict on the job. Finally, Liz and Sarah share the perfect gifting idea in this week's Hollywood Hack: BoxFox. Links: How to leave a review on iTunes: https://www.imore.com/how-rate-or-review-podcast-your-iphone-or-ipad How To Meditate: http://how-to-meditate.org/ Five Tips To Help Manage Stress: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/manage-stress.aspx The Benefits of Yoga: https://osteopathic.org/what-is-osteopathic-medicine/benefits-of-yoga/ Hot 8 Yoga: http://hot8yoga.com/ David Hoberman: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0387674/ Mandevile Films and Television: http://mandfilms.com/ Beauty and the Beast: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2771200/ Wonder: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543472/?ref_=nv_sr_2 Insurgent: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2908446/?ref_=nv_sr_1 The Fighter: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0964517/?ref_=nv_sr_1 The Proposal: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1041829/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Monk: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0312172/?ref_=nv_sr_1 The Negotiator: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120768/ Pretty Woman: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100405/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Father of The Bride: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101862/videoplayer/vi169124121?ref_=nv_sr_1_v_1 The Jungle Book: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3040964/?ref_=nv_sr_1 What about Bob: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103241/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Michael Eisner: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004894/ Alan Horn: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0394787/?ref_=nv_sr_1 #MeToo: https://metoomvmt.org/ Laurie Zaks: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1144175/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Anne Fletcher: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0281945/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Monk: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0312172/?ref_=nv_sr_1 BoxFox: https://shopboxfox.com/
26/07/1838m 51s

Ep 62: SOS: It's Okay To Ask For Help!

Happier in Hollywood is getting a new logo! Prompted by the graphic designer search, Liz and Sarah talk about why it's so important to ask for help in both professional and personal life. Then Sarah shares her puttering-filled weekend, and reveals why puttering is surprisingly productive and meditative. Finally, this week's Hollywood Hack will help you stand out in the office: quotes of the day! Links:Why Steve Jobs Cried: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2011/11/why-steve-jobs-cried/ Actor Vs. Actress: http://www.playbill.com/article/actor-vs-actress-self-esteem-com-101726 On The Art Of Puttering: https://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/opinion/25sat4.html The Lost Art Of Puttering: https://www.studiokatdesigns.com/the-lost-art-of-puttering Puttering Your Way To A Ripe Old Age: http://articles.latimes.com/2006/jul/17/health/he-activity17 Why Do Women Love Puttering: http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/puttering-2012-3/ Motivational Quotes: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/motivational Positive Quotes: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/g2401/inspirational-quotes/ Photo by Micaela Parente on Unsplash
19/07/1825m 31s

Ep. 61: Lead with Enthusiasm!

As Liz and Sarah prepare a story pitch for their new ABC show The Fix, they discuss why it’s vital to lead with enthusiasm! Then they interview Steven Tylor O’Connor and Dreux Moreland, the creator and admin of Awesome Assistants, a Facebook group where Hollywood assistants come for advice, to vent, and to network. This week’s Hollywood Hack: put “a” before lunch or dinner to give the impression that you’re working through mealtimes. Finally, a topical Celebrity Sighting: Roseanne star Sarah Gilbert. Links:The Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/Steven Tylor O'Connor: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4209685/?ref_=nv_sr_1Dreux Moreland: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4390861/?ref_=nv_sr_1Assistants Show Hollywood Has A Heart: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/rambling-reporter/assistants-show-hollywood-has-a-heart-1064756What Does A Casting Director Do: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/kate-mcclanaghan/what-does-a-casting-direc_b_9799558.htmlSarah Gilbert: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004960/Roseanne: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094540/?ref_=nv_sr_1John Goodman: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000422/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Talk: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740718/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash
12/07/1835m 18s

Ep. 60: When In Doubt, Give An Out

Give people an out! Liz and Sarah talk about why it's important to let people save face -- at work and at home. Then they discuss the importance of living in an atmosphere of growth. One idea? Take a class! (Sarah's learning all about neoglucogenesis in her online nutrition class) Finally, as The Fix revs up, Liz and Sarah discover a Hollywood Hack to keep them active: Office yoga! Links:Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue: https://www.laguineapigrescue.com/10 Ways To Allow Others to Save Face: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/are-you-allowing-others-to-save-face/Dale Carnegie Principle #26: Let The Other Person Save Face: http://www.dalecarnegiewaynj.com/2011/07/27/dale-carnegie-principle-26%E2%80%94let-the-other-person-save-face/eCornell: https://www.ecornell.com/eCornell Nutrition and Healthy Living Certificate: https://www.ecornell.com/certificates/nutrition/12 Ridiculous Online Classes You Should Take Just For Fun: http://www.businessinsider.com/most-obscure-online-courses-2013-12Office Yoga: https://www.yogajournal.com/practice/beginners/how-to/office-yoga Photo by Rima Kruciene on Unsplash
05/07/1831m 26s

Ep. 59: The One Where Sarah Changes Her Mind About The Flemish Giant Rabbit (And Why Changing Your Mind Can Be A Good Career Move)

Liz and Sarah talk about why it's important to be open to changing your mind at work. And Sarah shares how she changed her mind at home. Instead of getting a Flemish Giant rabbit, she got her daughter, Violet two guinea pigs. Then they answer a listener question about crying at the office, and disclose the times they've burst into tears in the writers' room. In Hits and Bombs, Liz reveals her hit this week! She bought two "sexy-adjacent" swimsuits, and Sarah has a bullet-journal bomb. Finally, this week's Hollywood Hack is not only "green," but charitable: the Give Back Box! Links:Zoe Kazan: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1443740/Flemish Giant Rabbit: http://flemish-giant.com/Guinea Pigs: http://petguineapigcare.com/Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue: https://www.laguineapigrescue.com/Bloomingdales: https://www.bloomingdales.com/Panda Planner: https://pandaplanner.com/Is It Ever Okay To Cry At Work: https://www.nbcnews.com/better/business/what-do-if-you-cry-work-ncna749026What To Do When You Cry At Work: https://twocents.lifehacker.com/what-to-do-when-you-cry-at-work-1823975547Broadcast News: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092699/The Giveback Box: https://givebackbox.com/
28/06/1829m 12s

Ep. 58: How To Make The Most Of Your Big Break

All over Los Angeles, first-time Staff Writers are starting their new jobs in the writers’ room. Liz and Sarah talk to a first-time Staff Writer on their new show The Fix: Brook Turner, their former assistant! They encourage Brook— and everyone who’s landed a big break— to hit the ground running and not be afraid to make mistakes. Then they debate Sarah’s decision to get a Flemish Giant rabbit, which Liz thinks is a disaster in the making. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack is a screenwriting MUST: Final Draft!                                                  Links:The Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/Staff Writers: http://getinmedia.com/careers/TV-staff-writerMindset: The New Psychology of Success: https://www.amazon.com/Mindset-Psychology-Carol-S-Dweck/dp/0345472322Flemish Giant Rabbit: http://flemish-giant.com/Final Draft: https://www.finaldraft.com/
21/06/1832m 45s

Ep. 57: Dress Up To Power Up!

Dress Up To Power Up! Can Liz and Sarah up their wardrobe game? As they prepare to run their new ABC show, The Fix, they’re determined to break out of their sweats and jeans rut and Dress Like A Boss. They also check in with their former assistant, Brook Turner, for some exciting news: Brook will be the writers' assistant on The Fix! Then, sparked by a listener question, Liz and Sarah talk about mom guilt and how to release yourself from it. Finally, this week's Hollywood Hack is... use a personal shopper! Links:Barbara Hall: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0355329/Alfred Hitchcock: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000033/?ref_=nv_sr_1Gretchen Rubin: https://gretchenrubin.com/Short and Sweet: http://www.shortandsweetpodcast.com/The Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/?ref_=nv_sr_1Writers' Assistant Network: http://writersassistants.com/home-2/Bloomingdale's Personal Shopper: https://www.bloomingdales.com/b/about-us/shopping/personal-shopper-complimentary-service/Barney's Personal Shopper: https://www.barneys.com/services/personal-shoppingSaks Personal Shopper: https://www.saksfifthavenue.com/Saks-Stylist Photo by Frank Flores on Unsplash
14/06/1826m 4s

Ep. 56: #BossGoals

Liz and Sarah discuss their Boss Goals and how they plan to run The Fix. Their philosophy? Be respectful of other people's time, be decisive, and no  "metaphoric" closed doors. Then they talk to film producer turned Montana cowgirl, Jeanne Allgood Gaisford about the 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge. Letting go of those fancy heels you'll never wear again can be tough. Finally, this week's Hollywood Hack comes from Liz and Sarah's assistant, Mary: all people are weird! Links:The Fix: https://deadline.com/2018/05/the-fix-legal-drama-series-order-abc-1202388858/Shawn Ryan: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0752841/?ref_=nv_sr_1O'Mamas Blog: http://omamas.com/Jeanne Allgood: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1699905/?ref_=nv_sr_140 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge: https://www.whitehouseblackshutters.com/40-bags-in-40-days/40 Days of Uncluttering Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/413778959060390/ Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash
07/06/1833m 37s

Ep. 55: Chuck Reed’s Secret To Success: No Job Too Small

Meet Happier in Hollywood's new producer, Chuck Reed! After a long and successful career in the music industry (where he worked with artists like Sting, Bono, Eminem and Dr. Dre— Liz and Sarah are only slightly intimidated), Chuck has spot-on advice for people who want to work in the music biz... or any other competitive industry. Then Sarah explains what a heavy metal detox is, why she did one, and how it's changed her health for the better. This week's Hollywood Hack: eyebrows, a.k.a. the curtain of the window of the soul. Finally, Liz and Sarah share a Hamilton celebrity sighting: Brandon Victor Dixon! Links:Chuck Reed: https://www.sancolasound.com/aboutSancola Sound: https://www.sancolasound.com/Eminem: http://www.eminem.com/Bono: https://www.atu2.com/band/bono/No Doubt: http://www.nodoubt.com/Guns N' Roses: https://www.gunsnroses.com/Marky Mark: https://www.billboard.com/music/marky-mark-the-funky-bunchSting: http://www.sting.com/Black Eyed Peas: https://www.blackeyedpeas.com/Enrique Iglesias: https://enriqueiglesias.com/Dr. Dre: https://www.drdre.com/Beats By Dr. Dre: https://www.beatsbydre.com/Heavy Metal Detox: https://draxe.com/heavy-metal-detox/NDF's: http://www.bioray.com/ndf/Anastasia Beverly Hills: http://www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com/brows/ Brandon Victor Dixon: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3436127/
31/05/1836m 54s

Ep. 54: The Fix Is Going To Series!

Liz and Sarah's pilot The Fix has been picked up by ABC! After a trip to New York for Upfronts, Liz and Sarah discuss why it's so important to enjoy the moment. Then they talk to Happier in Hollywood's resident transformational psychic medium, Marla Frees, about her intuitive powers -- and how she predicted that The Fix would go to series! This week's Hollywood Hack: stay ten more minutes! Finally, Liz and Sarah share the many celebrity sightings they had in New York including Roseanne Barr, Alec Baldwin, Julie Chen and Ryan Seacrest. Links:Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/903150719832696/When Calling 911 Makes The Emergency: https://www.thedailybeast.com/when-calling-911-makes-the-emergency?via=newsletter&source=WeekendThe Fix Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkJhX-ccM5kUpfronts: https://screenwriting.io/in-television-what-are-upfronts/Marla Frees: http://marlafrees.com/American Psychic Book: https://www.amazon.com/American-Psychic-Spiritual-Heartland-Hollywood/dp/1682615723American Psychic Book Launch Event: https://vitellosrestaurant.ticketfly.com/event/1696375American Psychic Book Signing - Barnes and Nobles Studio City: https://www.wilmettetheatre.com/conversations-with-weigelAmerican Psychic Book Signing - Willmette Theatre Chicago: https://www.wilmettetheatre.com/conversations-with-weigelAmerican Psychic  Book Signing - Paramount Theatre Chicago: https://paramountaurora.com/events/american-psychic/Liz Friedlander: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0295107/Rosanne Barr: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001683/Jimmy Kimmell: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0453994/?ref_=nv_sr_2Ryan Seacrest: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0780435/?ref_=nv_sr_1Robin Roberts: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0731533/?ref_=nv_sr_1George Stephaunopoulus: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0826888/?ref_=nv_sr_1Anthony Anderson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0026364/?ref_=nv_sr_1Alec Baldwin: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000285/?ref_=nv_sr_1Freddie Highmore: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0383603/?ref_=nv_sr_1Faith Ford: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004933/?ref_=nv_sr_1Michael Weatherly: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0915762/?ref_=nv_sr_1David Alan Grier: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004979/?ref_=nv_sr_1Julie Chen: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0155277/?ref_=nv_sr_1
24/05/1835m 44s

Ep. 53: Get Your Butt In The Chair

After an update on the "guys" debate, Liz and Sarah talk to authors and co hosts of the podcast #AmWriting KJ Dell'antonia and Jessica Lahey about the writer's life. It doesn't matter if you're in Hollywood or in the country as long as you get your butt in the chair and your head in the game. This week's Hollywood Hack will help you land any job: state the obvious! Finally, after the unexpected death of her father this week, Sarah shares a heartwarming memory. Links:Cambridge Dictionary Definition of Guys: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/guy"Eight words that reveal the sexism at the heart of the English language": https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/27/eight-words-sexism-heart-english-language"Why I'm finally convinced it's time to stop saying 'you guys'": https://www.vox.com/2015/6/11/8761227/you-guys-sexism-language"The language of sexism": http://www.classycareergirl.com/2017/10/sexism-workplace-gendered-language/"You don't like being called 'guys?' Come on, people!": https://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2016/jun/10/you-dont-like-being-called-guys-come-on-people#AmWriting: http://www.jessicalahey.com/amwriting-podcast/ #AmWriting Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/amwritingDrybar: https://www.thedrybar.com/How to Be a Happier Parent: https://www.amazon.com/How-Happier-Parent-Raising-Family/dp/0735210470The Gift of Failure: https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Failure-Parents-Children-Succeed/dp/0062299255/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526356195&sr=1-1&keywords=the+gift+of+failure&dpID=41JmkO844-L&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch
17/05/1836m 51s

Ep. 52: Trust Your Instincts

Description: As Liz and Sarah finish their ABC pilot THE FIX, they take time out to discuss why it's so important to trust your gut. Then they answer a listener question about the financial burden of being a starving artist. Their advice? Get a day job, but keep working toward your goals in the meantime. In Hits and Bombs, Sarah has a crabby bomb, and Liz has a life-altering mantra hit courtesy of Safe for Work podcast's Liz Dolan: "Strong. Calm. Kind." Finally, Sarah shares a dirty and delicious Hollywood Hack: Elevated Cedar Raised Beds.    Links: The Fix: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7942774/?ref_=nv_sr_1Editing: https://study.com/articles/TV_Editor_Job_Description_and_Requirements_for_a_Career_in_TV_Editing.htmlThe Gift of Fear: https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Fear-Survival-Signals-Violence/dp/0440226198Jenna Fischer: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0278979/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide: https://www.amazon.com/Actors-Life-Survival-Guide/dp/1944648224Gordon Lightfoot: http://www.gordonlightfoot.com/Liz Dolan: https://twitter.com/SSLiz?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5EauthorSatellite Sisters: https://satellitesisters.com/Safe For Work Podcast: https://wondery.com/shows/safe-for-work/ Shawn Ryan: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0752841/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Shield: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286486/?ref_=nm_knf_t1Elevated Cedar Raised Bed: https://www.gardeners.com/buy/planter-boxes-cedar-raised-garden/8587631.htmlFlemish Giant Rabbit: http://flemish-giant.com/ Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash
10/05/1833m 30s

Ep. 51: You're In Charge Of Your Own Career

Update: Happier in Hollywood has a resident psychic -- and Liz has her to thank for a new positive attitude. Liz and Sarah discuss how to be in control of your own career. Nobody cares more about your success than you do. Then Liz and Sarah talk to co-owner of Inform Fitness Toluca Lake, Sheila Melody about the Power of Ten Workout and starting your own business after 40. (Make sure to check out Sheila's podcast Sound, Mind, & Body) Finally, Liz and Sarah's assistant Mary shares a theater-related Hollywood Hack that's only $9.95 a month: Movie Pass! Links:Marla Frees: http://www.marlafrees.com/ Scott Brazil: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0106368/The Shield: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286486/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_1Sheila Melody: https://informfitness.com/staff/sheila-melody/Inform Fitness: https://informfitness.com/Power of Ten Workout: https://informfitness.com/about-us/power-of-ten-book/Sound, Mind & Body Podcast: http://soundmindbodypodcast.com/Movie Pass: https://www.moviepass.com/
03/05/1835m 53s

Ep. 50: No One Knows Anything In Hollywood — A Listener Questions Episode

Today is all about you! It’s a listener question extravaganza! What do Liz and Sarah wish they’d known when they were starting out in Hollywood? Do Liz and Sarah have any all-time favorite TV shows? Are they aware of how much they use the word "guys?" And we have multiple Hollywood Hacks all from you: Hoopla, Dear Book Hoarder candles that smell like old books, and Vivian Lou insoles!
26/04/1833m 45s

Ep. 49: Lessons Learned From The Vibrant Life Of Suzanne Patmore Gibbs

Liz and Sarah pay tribute to Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, the head of TriStar television, and share the many lessons they learned from her vibrant life. Then Liz and Sarah discuss their self-care getaway weekends after pilot production... and how they were sort of successful, sort of not. This week we have two Hollywood Hacks to up your selfie game: have the tallest person in the group take the selfie and use a PopSocket grip. Finally, Sarah reveals her celebrity sighting at the pet store while preparing to get a Flemish Giant rabbit: Gina Torres!
19/04/1829m 16s

Ep. 48: Pick Your Battles With ABC Studios Exec Juan Alfonso

Liz and Sarah are in post production! They discuss the crazy schedule, how they're sitting around A LOT, and the excruciating focus group testing process. In Name That Hollywood Job, ABC Studios VP of Drama Development Juan Alfonso discusses the development process. His advice to writers working with a network or studio: Don't come in with an "us vs. them" attitude. Finally, this week's Hollywood Hack comes from The Fix hair stylists Dugg Kirkpatrick and Myo Lai: Osis powder and Oribe dry texture spray keep your hair voluminous and fabulous.
12/04/1835m 57s

Ep. 47: "Live" From The Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Liz and Sarah are on location at Hollywood Forever Cemetery! They answer a listener question about how best to support a partner going through pilot production. Then they sit down with Marcia Clark to discuss the art of collaboration -- including how it can go oh so wrong. In Name That Hollywood Job, location manager Veronique Vowell shares the creative and logistical challenges of finding just the right spot to shoot a scene. Finally, this week's non-living celebrity sightings include Johnny Ramone, Toto the dog, and Mickey Rooney.
05/04/1841m 13s

Ep. 46: Liz Hasn't Showered In Days

Liz and Sarah discuss the things they AREN'T doing while making their pilot: showering, flossing, exercising, and dropping their kids off at school. Then in a new segment called "Name That Hollywood Job," Liz and Sarah interview Warner Brothers story analyst Sherry Carnes. What does Sherry look for in a script or book? Finally, this week's Hollywood Hack is all over the set of The Fix: the Lucky Cat!
29/03/1835m 34s

Ep. 45: Swing Sets And Stunning Couture

Liz and Sarah report on the status of their New Year's Resolutions. So far, so good -- Sarah is living sugar-freely and Liz is weighing daily! Then they dive deep into the pilot production glossary: Swing sets, story conference, and design meeting. what are the key terms to know while doing a pilot? Finally, this week's Hollywood Hack helps you look fabulous for less: Rent the Runway!
22/03/1826m 23s

Ep. 44: Sugar Detox And Hankering For A Hotel Bar

Liz and Sarah examine the pros and cons of doing a pilot in LA vs. out of town. Shooting in LA means they can sleep in their own beds and drop their kids off at school, but there's no hotel bar. Then Liz and Sarah talk to Certified Nutrition Consultant and New York Times best-selling author Diane Sanfilippo about how to avoid hidden sugar, eat whole foods while socializing, and prepare meals ahead of time. Are you always late? This week's Hollywood Hack can help: the Timeglass app! Finally, Liz and Sarah talk about all the celebrity sightings they've had during the pilot process -- and why they don't count!
15/03/1839m 54s

Ep. 43: Slap Happy In Hollywood

As Sarah and Liz prepare to shoot their pilot, Sarah reveals everything that’s in her set bag: snacks, keys, glasses, and even rain pants! Then Liz and Sarah check in with their assistant and pilot virgin Mary to hear what she’s learned so far during the pilot process — be meticulous about everything you write, revise the script to fit within the budget, and be aware of clearances. This week’s meal-related Hollywood Hack is efficient and prevents stress: weekly work lunch planning.
08/03/1831m 29s

Ep. 42: We Want Volunteers, Not Recruits!

It's pilot production time! As Liz and Sarah prepare to shoot their pilot for ABC, The Fix, they share their hiring philosophy: "Volunteers, Not Recruits!" Only hire people who WANT to be there -- not people who have to be convinced. Then they discuss how -- from the mundane to the cosmic -- timing is everything. Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal this week's old fashioned Hollywood Hack: get a library card! (This is not your mama's library!)
01/03/1820m 10s

Ep. 41: Deep In The Pilot Crazy

Liz and Sarah’s pilot got picked up by ABC! As they dive into production, they share the lessons they’ve learned on past pilots: if something is inevitable don't resist it, never test more than three roles at once, and always write in a horse because at some point you're going to be glad you have a cowboy. Then Liz and Sarah answer a listener question about why networks are all about reboots right now. This week's Hollywood Hack almost made Sarah want to go on a date: iPic Theaters! Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal what they think was a celebrity sighting -- Gwen Stefani.
22/02/1822m 30s

Ep. 40: Perfection Is Boring And Liz Is An Hysterical Female

Liz gets real about her fear of public speaking with speech coach extraordinaire Barbara Seymour Giordano. Barbara shares her tips on how to overcome fear and take control. She also talks about the importance of finding the love in your story. This week’s Hollywood Hack is chemical free and restores your natural hair color: Hairprint. Finally, in Hits and Bombs, Liz confesses her “hysterical female” moment while waiting for a pilot pick-up, and Sarah shares her heartwarming trip to Seattle to visit Violet’s donor siblings.
15/02/1834m 53s

Ep. 39: Taste Success, Not Failure

Sparked by a listener email, Liz and Sarah revisit the topic of freezing your eggs. Then they discuss Hollywood producing legend Robert Evans’ advice on making it: “You learn from success, kid, not failure.” Then Sarah shares how the three tiny diamonds on a ring helped her through challenging times— professionally and personally. This week's Hollywood Hack reduces motion sickness without medication: The Reliefband. Finally, Mary reveals her up close and personal Game of Thrones celebrity sighting: Kit Harrington
08/02/1831m 22s

Ep. 38: Only In Hollywood Do You Pray For Hell

Liz and Sarah discuss the rollercoaster that is pilot pick up season -- including the nail-biting anticipation that keeps them up for nights on end. In what other industry does so much ride on one phone call? Then they talk to Hollywood doctor and board certified physician nutrition specialist Melina Jampolis about her new book Spice Up, Slim Down. Who knew that adding a few spices to your diet could help control your blood sugar and fight Alzheimer's? (Also, is it pronounced Tur-mer-ick or Toom-er-ick?) Finally, this week's Hollywood Hack will keep you entertained until you're out of the game: the HQ trivia app!
01/02/1840m 15s

Ep. 37: Sorry, Not Sorry!

Liz and Sarah discuss the common phenomenon of over-apologizing. When SHOULD you say you're sorry? Then they debate the pros and cons of overbuying versus underbuying -- and share what compelled Sarah to buy a puppy stroller. This week's Hollywood Hack makes investing simple and easy -- the Robinhood app! Finally, Liz shares her Game of Thrones celebrity sighting: Peter Dinklage!
25/01/1823m 31s

Ep. 36: Liz's 6th Sense Says Expand

Liz and Sarah choose their "team word" for 2018: Expand! Liz's 6th sense tells her that this will be their best year yet. Sarah vents about the unexpected sugar bombs in her food as she embarks on her year of no sugar. She also talks about how Diane Sanfilippo's "21 Day Sugar Detox" program is helping her stay on track. This week's Hollywood Hack is good for the environment -- aluminum straws! Finally, Mary shares her RHOBH celebrity sighting: Mohamed Hadid. (And her almost celebrity sighting of Justin Bieber.)
18/01/1822m 57s

Ep. 35: You Asked -- We Answer! A Q&A Episode with Liz and Sarah

This episode is all about you! Liz and Sarah answer all of your pressing questions. How does Liz live with two first and last names? Where do sets go when no one's using them? How does Sarah manage her healthy lifestyle without obsessing? And more! Plus, their Assistant Mary offers advice on how to make friends in Los Angeles. (Insider Tip: start with finding an acquaintance.) Then this week's Hollywood Hack comes from listener Matt: Portrait Mode, the metaphor.
11/01/1827m 17s

Ep. 34: Peeking Behind the Podcast Curtain

Podcast Power! Liz and Sarah go behind the podcast curtain and talk to Panoply's Director of Nonfiction Programming and By the Book co-host Kristen Meinzer about what it takes to grow a successful podcast. Pro Tip: treat it like a college thesis. They also introduce their new assistant, Mary Mehrkens! What makes her Happier in Hollywood? Supporting her peers instead of stabbing them in the back. This week's Hollywood Hack: personalized stationery. Finally, Liz has a VEEP celebrity sighting.
04/01/1833m 10s

Ep. 33: Make People Love You (and the World Will be Yours)

Assistant extravaganza! We talk to our former assistant, Elysse Applebaum, about her super intense Writer's Group— there’s an admissions process. We also sit down with our very first assistant, Tony Dodds (now a successful sitcom writer) to talk about what it takes to be not just a good assistant, but a GREAT one. Tony also provides this week's Hollywood Hack: using the PDF Reader to prepare a pitch. Finally, a celebrity sighting: Mandy Moore!
28/12/1736m 10s

Ep. 32: "No Asshole Policy" With Executive Producer And Lupus Warrior Maurissa Tancharoen

No assholes! Liz and Sarah talk to ABC's Agents of Shield Executive Producer, Maurissa Tancharoen, about her "no asshole policy" -- and about being a high-powered, ass-kicking writer/producer, boss, and mom all while living with Lupus. One way she copes — embracing the Spoon Theory. Then Liz has a Hit this week — reading books to Jack’s class at school — and Sarah has an exercise-related Bomb. Finally, this week's Hollywood Hack will up your parenting game: create a kid bag for the car.
21/12/1735m 30s

Ep. 31: 2018 -- Our Year of Living Sugar-Freely and Weighing Daily

This episode is all about change! Liz and Sarah discuss big changes in their professional lives and how they’re managing to stay (more or less) calm despite the chaos. They also reveal the changes they plan to make in 2018. Yes, it’s New Year’s Resolution time! Then, this week’s Hollywood Hack will up your selfie game: the Lumee. Finally, Sarah dishes on her bowling alley celebrity sighting.
14/12/1725m 51s

Ep. 30: "Pain Is The Great Equalizer" With Former L.A. Gang Members Richard Cabral and Jose Arellano

Sarah and Liz talk to former L.A. gang members Richard Cabral and Jose Arellano about their new podcast "Without Your Permission." Richard (who's now an Emmy-nominated actor) and Jose share how they survived traumatic childhoods, gang life, and years in prison, and then came out the other side through faith, hard work, and the help of the organization Homeboy Industries. Also, Liz responds to a listener who wants to know why she uses bad language on "Happier In Hollywood," but NOT on "Happier With Gretchen Rubin." Plus, this week's Hollywood Hack, which comes from Sarah's Swedish high school boyfriend: the neti pot. Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal their latest Celebrity Sighting (which has a 90210 zip code).
07/12/1731m 7s

Ep. 29: From Adderall To Athleisure: Finding Balance With Author Melissa De La Cruz

They say "writing is rewriting," and this week Liz and Sarah talk about The Bad Draft. They've finally managed to finish a draft of their pilot script, but will it ever be... good? How do they move forward and dig in to make it not just good but great? Then they talk to Young Adult author extraordinaire Melissa De La Cruz (The Descendants series, Alex & Eliza, Pride And Prejudice And Mistletoe)about her experience with the popular prescription drug Adderall. Taking it helped her be insanely productive -- but at what price? Liz and Sarah also share this week's Hollywood Hack: rain pants! Finally, Liz shares the MANY celebrity sightings she had at the Hollywood Film Awards -- including Angelina Jolie, Harrison Ford, and Sean "Puffy" Combs.
30/11/1732m 27s

Ep. 28: The Holiday Episode -- To Business Gift Or Not To Business Gift?

It's officially the holidays! Liz and Sarah discuss how they cope with working over the holidays when they'd rather be drinking cocoa and making cookies.  Pro tip -- compartmentalizing, setting boundaries, and reframing help them NOT turn into Grinches. Then Sarah and Liz debate the merits of giving business gifts.  Will they get their lawyer wine this year?  They also explain the very Hollywood concept of a "crew gift." Plus a Hollywood Holiday Hack: hire a company to put up Christmas lights!  And Sarah and Liz reveal their past Holiday Celebrity Sightings -- Debra Winger and Matthew McConaughey (who told Sarah she has a great smile).
23/11/1731m 14s

Panoply Fall 2017 Trailer

We’re thrilled to present Panoply’s Fall 2017 lineup of shows. They include the satirical self-improvement show “Dexter Guff is Smarter Than You (And You Can Be Too),” the creepy paranormal series “Haunted,” “Family Ghosts,” in which people play detectives in their own family mysteries, “You Must Remember Manson,” which dives into the links between Charles Manson and Hollywood, the immersive fiction podcast “Tumanbay,” and “Battle Scars,” which features frank and sometimes funny conversations with the men and women fighting today’s wars. In addition to new shows, season 2 of “By The Book” launches with Jolenta and Kristen trying to go on a digital diet, “Why Oh Why” talks with the founder of a dating app for men with beards, “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” offers holiday happiness hacks, “Happier in Hollywood” considers whether holiday gifts are necessary in the workplace, and “Side Hustle School” revisits some of its best hustlers. Learn more about all our shows at https://www.panoply.fm
20/11/174m 18s

Ep 27: Jenna Fischer Talks Party Crashing, Pottery Barn Tears, and Patience

Emmy nominated actress Jenna Fischer (The Office, Blades of Glory) talks to Liz and Sarah about her new book The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide. From headshots gone wrong, to a breakdown Pottery Barn, to finally understanding that it takes fifty no's to get one yes, Jenna's experience will help anyone trying to make it in Hollywood and beyond. Then Liz and Sarah share an update on their Facebook group and the growing Happier in Hollywood community (hint — you should join!) and reveal this week's Hits and Bombs —  Liz bonded with other 2nd grade families at a resort in Palm Springs while Sarah traumatized Violet with a book about death. Plus, a Hollywood Hack that will make you feel like a professional photographer — portrait setting on the iPhone!
16/11/1739m 17s

Ep. 26: Embrace Your Space— Decorate!

Inspired by their Shondaland co-workers, Liz and Sarah reject the only-have-one-box approach to office space and embrace decorating. Then Sarah re-frames having to get up at 5 a.m. to write as a “Season of Sacrifice,” an approach she learned from a member of the Happier in Hollywood Facebook Group.  Liz shares how her fantasy self and real self merged into one when she went to The Promised Land! That's right, Liz and Gretchen went to Oprah's house for a gospel brunch, which means there were celebrity sightings galore! This week's Hollywood Hack: dry clean your t-shirts. (Seriously. Do it.)
09/11/1722m 17s

Ep. 25: Procrastinating? Forgive Yourself!

We've all caught ourselves binge-watching bad TV when we have deadlines that matter to us. Liz and Sarah talk to fellow writer and self-proclaimed procrastinator, Eileen Myers (Big Love, Hung, Masters of Sex), about why fear and resentment are the enemies of productivity. Eileen shares her techniques for conquering procrastination including the Pomodoro method. Liz and Sarah also answer listener questions about balancing career and family, and whether you can get a job when you're pregnant. Plus a new segment called Hits and Bombs where Liz and Sarah share their highest highs and lowest lows. Finally, this week's Hollywood Hack: a meditation chair!
02/11/1736m 57s

Ep. 24: Camping, Childbirth, and Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Push your boundaries! Liz and Sarah reflect on how stepping wayyyy out of their comfort zones to try new things (camping, unmedicated childbirth, even starting Happier in Hollywood) has ultimately helped them grow. Then they call their agent, Matt Solo, to answer one of Hollywood's most frequently asked questions -- How do you get an agent? They also share an update on horrible bosses. Plus, this week's Hollywood Hack -- have a morning list.
26/10/1733m 40s

Ep. 23: (Don’t ) F*ck Harvey Weinstein

Emmy nominated casting director Sherry Thomas-Lane (The Handmaid’s Tale, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead) joins Liz and Sarah to discuss Harvey Weinstein and the sexual harassment allegations that have rocked Hollywood.  Also, an update on work birthdays (we’ve seen the light!) and a Hollywood Hack about tipping.
19/10/1739m 31s

Ep. 22: Say Yes to the Drink!

What's your currency? Liz and Sarah discuss what motivates them— and why it’s important for everyone to know their own currency. They also share how telling each other "this will be over by dinner," gets them through challenging moments. This week's Hollywood Hack: Say yes to the drink! And a celebrity sighting on the Paramount Lot.
12/10/1723m 42s

Ep. 21: A Good Idea Gives You Goosebumps with Gretchen Rubin

Liz and Sarah have a guest co-host -- Gretchen Rubin! Liz's sister Gretchen takes a break from her The Four Tendencies book tour to weigh in on how to know if an idea is a good idea. She also offers Sarah advice on how to manage her Rebel daughter. They also debate gyms -- fancy vs. schlubby -- and share a Hollywood Hack that recently saved them a lot of money -- American Express Travel.
05/10/1744m 26s

Ep. 20: Liz and Sarah Take On Office Birthdays

Liz and Sarah embrace their inner grinch as they debate the merits of office birthdays. (Spoiler alert: They're not fans.) After an update on the ongoing saga of Sarah's hair color, they answer a listener question about the value of an MFA in Hollywood. Liz and Sarah also check in with their former assistant, Brook, who left them earlier this year to focus on writing. Then this week's Hollywood Hack -- look up the menu and parking before a lunch meeting.
28/09/1734m 12s

Ep. 19: Saunas, Smoothies, and Surviving Crazy Bosses

What's on Liz and Sarah's mind? Crazy bosses! Liz and Sarah reminisce about their crazy ex-boss "Sam" and discuss the best ways to deal with difficult people in the workplace. Then they talk to Dr. Sara Gottfried about her book Younger: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years. Dr. Gottfried tells us how to shampoo our brains and why saunas might help us live longer. Plus, today's Hollywood Hack: smoothie delivery!
21/09/1744m 20s

Ep. 18: Hollywood Vaginas (Are Just Like Other Vaginas) With Dr. Sherry Ross

Dr. Sherry Ross knows vaginas!  OB-GYN to the stars Dr. Sherry Ross talks with Liz and Sarah about women's health-- including fertility, vaginal steaming, the Mona Lisa (all the rage in Hollywood right now) and vejazzling. And Self Improvement September continues! Liz and Sarah tackle the complicated issue of asking for what you want at work, then share a Hollywood Hack inspired by their Meditation Declaration -- use the Insight Timer app.
14/09/1742m 7s

Ep. 17: Take Time For a Retreat (We Did!)

Writer's Retreat! After months of being stretched too thin, Liz and Sarah take a trip to Ojai for a writer's retreat. They discuss the productivity benefits of getting away from it all-- not just for writers, but for everyone. They also share the details of their "couples session" with spiritual guide Nancy Furst.  (There was smudging, there were tears.) Finally, Liz and Sarah share a Hollywood Hack that can spare anyone in any career from unnecessary drama: Don't talk smack in public!
07/09/1737m 41s

Ep. 16: Conquering Anxiety -- One Page at a Time

In this episode, Liz and Sarah invite you to celebrate Self Improvement September! Each day, they will post a picture of something that improves their lives and they invite you to do the same using the hashtag #happierinhollywood. Then, a listener takes Liz to task for using beta blockers to calm her nerves before pitching. Speaking of nerves, Liz and Sarah are dealing with them big-time as they prepare to write a new script. They talk to fellow television writer, Bill Krebs, about writer's anxiety and he shares his hilarious recurring anxiety nightmare and discusses how he learned to cope. In today's LvS, Liz tries to convince Sarah to let go of her high-maintenance Minnesota cabins while Sarah defends her family's "happy place." Then they share this week's Hollywood Hack -- write note cards for your colleagues!
31/08/1730m 49s

Ep. 15: Very Special Episode: Listener Questions!

Description: Do Liz and Sarah ever get jealous of other writers? What type of treadmill desks to they have? How do they deal with mansplaining? In this very special episode, Liz and Sarah answer listener questions! Plus, a listener Hollywood Hack -- buy and sell clothes on ThredUp.
24/08/1735m 30s

Ep. 14: Lesson: You Never Know Who You're Flipping Off

In this episode, Liz and Sarah share a wonderfully validating email from a listener who took their advice and had a professional headshot taken! Then they put in a call to their old friend, former high-powered film producer JEANNE ALLGOOD. After working on over 23 Hollywood films (including Terminator Salvation and We Are Marshall, which she executive produced), Jeanne decided move with her family to a ranch in Montana. Jeanne shares what motivated her to pack up and leave it all behind-- and shares some tips for happier living that she's picked up along the way. Also, Liz and Sarah make a Meditation Declaration -- a promise to meditate 10 minutes a day, everyday-- and they're asking you to hold them accountable. In this week's Hollywood Hack, their assistant Boafoa makes a case for Google Drive. And finally, Liz tells how a fight for a parking spot led to this week's friendly celebrity sighting.
17/08/1735m 5s

Ep. 13: Make Your Vice A Virtue: An Interview With Actress-Writer-Producer Felicia Day

In this episode, Liz and Sarah vent about their least favorite thing about living in Los Angeles - commuting! - and recommend the podcasts and audiobooks that help them survive LA traffic. Then they interview actress, writer, producer, and gamer FELICIA DAY about her trailblazing career in Hollywood. Felicia dishes on auditions, ComicCon, her hit web-series (The Guild), and offers advice on forging your own path to success-- in any business. Then Liz and Sarah share a Hollywood Hack long practiced by actors in the industry -- keep a change of clothes in your car.
10/08/1734m 41s

Ep. 12: It's Good to Be Self-Critical! (Unless It's Not.)

In this episode: Liz and Sarah asked for advice on drinking more water, and you came through! Happier in Hollywood producer Jennifer Lai shares her favorite water-drinking tips from our listeners. In "From the Treadmill Desks Of," Liz and Sarah discuss the pros and cons of self-criticism.  When should you expect more from yourself, and when does self-criticism become toxic? Then Liz and Sarah call their agent, Matt Solo, who dispenses advice on how to stand out when you're starting out.  Their favorite piece of wisdom, whether you're in a Hollywood agency mailroom or any other entry level job: "Your job is from 9 - 6. Your career is what you do from 7 until midnight." Finally, in this week's Hollywood Hack, Liz and Sarah share their newest obsession, discount luxury shopping on TheRealReal!
03/08/1730m 5s

Ep. 11: The One Where We Call Gretchen, Talk Botox, and Save Lives!

In this episode, Liz and Sarah share the (surprisingly strong!) listener reactions to the IgG food test that led to Sarah going gluten-free. Then they invite Happier's Gretchen Rubin (also known as Liz's big sister) to help them solve the age-old writer problem: How do I get myself to write? Gretchen breaks down her trademark Four Tendencies and explains how understanding your tendency can help you achieve your goals. Liz and Sarah debate the merits of plastic surgery and Liz reveals a secret that even her husband doesn't know. They also share a life-saving Hollywood Hack -- have an emergency kit! -- and reveal their latest celebrity sightings.
27/07/1741m 8s

Ep. 10: Pitching, (Side) Hustling, and Dressing for (Hollywood) Success

In this episode, Liz and Sarah tackle pitching-- for tv and beyond-- and share some exciting news about their most recent pitch with Marcia Clark. They also answer listener questions about the Hollywood dress code and discuss why it's important to feel powerful AND be comfortable. High-powered real estate agent Victoria Massengale shares her tips for pitching in any industry and Side Hustle School's Chris Guillebeau gives us this week's Hollywood Hack - get a side hustle!
20/07/1740m 21s

Ep. 9: Keeping Sane and Keeping Up with the Kardashians

In this episode, Liz and Sarah discuss the problem of feeling like they're being pulled in a million different directions.  How do they stay sane as they adjust to their new job? They also share listener opinions on whether or not Sarah should dye her hair, and Liz defends her love of the Kardashians. This week's Hollywood Hack: watch the TV shows your boss watches. And an "existential" celebrity sighting!
13/07/1737m 41s

Ep. 8: The Problem of Eating at Work

In this episode, Liz and Sarah discuss the torture of resisting the TV writer kitchen. Their new assistant, Boafoa, introduces herself. Sarah and Liz answer a listener question about the job they're happy they didn't get and share a healthy Hollywood hack.
06/07/1738m 13s

Ep. 7: You Can Have It All and Other Wisdom from Producer Laurie Zaks

In this episode, Liz and Sarah share their pre-new job rituals and discuss their role in the writers' room of ABC's upcoming "For The People." They also talk with their favorite producer, Laurie Zaks, about her big break at SNL, being a working mom, and why you should never let anyone tell you what you can't do. Plus, Sarah shares a Hollywood hack for busy parents.
29/06/1736m 30s

Ep. 6: 'Kill the Croc' and Other Life Mantras

In this episode, Liz and Sarah share listener opinions on having a "heart full of love," and discuss their life mantras. Sarah talks about the doctor's visit that changed her life forever. Liz and Sarah's outgoing assistant Brook shares her final Hollywood Hack.
22/06/1731m 1s

Ep. 5: Release the Banana!

In this episode, Liz and Sarah share their favorite listener work mantras; talk about letting go of bananas (AKA things that threaten their mental well being); and reveal a big update from their assistant, Brook.
15/06/1733m 56s

Ep. 4: What's Your Story?

In this episode, Liz and Sarah tell their "origin story" and ask "What's your story?" They also talk about why it's actually good to suck at something, and debate whether Sarah's salt and pepper hair is bold and sexy or totally misguided.
08/06/1730m 1s

Ep. 3: Marcia Clark Talks Rising From The Ashes

In this episode, Liz and Sarah talk about to give good meeting.  Then they're joined by special guest Marcia Clark, author and lead prosecutor in the case against O.J. Simpson. Marcia sits in for this week's Hollywood Hack: Don't live in Hollywood. Check out Marcia's latest best selling book series!
01/06/1735m 3s

Ep. 2: Burnout!

In this episode, Liz and Sarah discuss surviving burnout; check in with their assistant, Brook Turner, about what it's like to be on verge of making it in Hollywood; and debate the merits of bullet journals.  They also offer their latest Hollywood Hack (go pee!), and share their favorite celebrity sighting of the week.  Check out Brook's podcast, Short and Sweet.
25/05/1735m 21s

Ep. 1: Picking A New Work Mantra

Happier in Hollywood is here! In this episode, veteran TV writers/producers/showrunners Liz Craft and Sarah Fain pick a new work mantra to get them through development season; talk to their agent about the worst call he ever had to make to them; and discuss whether or not they have hearts full of love. They also offer their weekly Hollywood hack. Get in touch: @elizabethcraft; @sarahfain;  happierinhollywood@gmail.com; happierinhollywood.com; 949-HAPPY-21
18/05/1733m 48s

Coming Soon: Happier in Hollywood

A weekly podcast debuting May 18, 2017 with The Onward Project.  Subscribe now to ensure you get the episodes as soon as they are available!
15/05/172m 3s
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