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Happier in Hollywood

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

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

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Episodes

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

2/14/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:38:25

Ep. 91: Irons In The Fire

2/7/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:30:03

Ep. 90: Have A “Why”

1/31/2019
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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...

Duration:00:29:01

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

1/24/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:34:16

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

1/17/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:29:29

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

1/10/2019
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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...

Duration:00:29:21

Ep. 86: Up Your Wardrobe Game!

1/3/2019
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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...

Duration:00:32:32

Ep. 85: New Year’s Resolutions!

12/27/2018
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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...

Duration:00:33:18

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

12/20/2018
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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...

Duration:00:31:46

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

12/13/2018
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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...

Duration:00:30:11

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

12/6/2018
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Duration:00:34:07

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

11/29/2018
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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...

Duration:00:29:33

Ep. 80: Power Down After Production!

11/22/2018
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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...

Duration:00:33:45

Ep. 79: Gratitude Is Good For You

11/15/2018
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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...

Duration:00:33:15

Ep. 78: The Art Of Conversation

11/8/2018
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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:...

Duration:00:28:20

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

11/1/2018
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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...

Duration:00:41:24

Ep.76: Surviving Hell Month

10/25/2018
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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:...

Duration:00:22:55

Ep. 75: Growing Up Hollywood

10/18/2018
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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:...

Duration:00:35:24

Ep. 74: Embrace The Unknown

10/11/2018
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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:...

Duration:00:27:58

Ep. 73: Who's Your Professional Crush?

10/4/2018
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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:...

Duration:00:30:19