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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.

Happier in Hollywood The Onward Project

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    • 4.8 • 236 Ratings

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.

    Ep. 245: Miracles, Imposters, & Wordle!

    Ep. 245: Miracles, Imposters, & Wordle!

    Movie – and TV! – magic means making miracles happen each day, but sometimes those miracles aren’t enough. Liz and Sarah reflect on a remark from famed cinematographer Dante Spinotti that resonates with their current work on Fantasy Island. Then, in Take A Hike, they talk about the daily joy that’s sweeping the internet – Wordle! Next, in Amplify, Liz recommends a podcast that takes listeners on the twisty journey of one woman’s relationship with a conman – Imposters: The Commander hosted by Abby Ellin. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack is bloody important: know your blood type!
    Get in touch on Twitter: @sarahmfain & @elizabethcraft
    Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft
    Visit our website: https://happierinhollywood.com
    Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/HappierinHollywood/
    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
    Dante Spinotti
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005883/
    Women’s Murder Club 
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0955353/
    Brett Ratner
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0711840/
    Scott Winant
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0934525/
    Wordle
    https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle/
    The Washington Post | Opinion: Why Wordle is the perfect game for the moment
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/01/13/wordle-perfect-pandemic-game-together/
    Imposters: The Commander
    https://open.spotify.com/show/35nG81iVW9kbfMkMXkTym6
    Duped by Abby Ellin
    https://www.amazon.com/Duped-Double-Identities-Almost-Married/dp/1610398009
    Happier with Gretchen Rubin | Podcast 205: An Interview about False Identities with Abby Ellin
    https://gretchenrubin.com/podcast-episode/205-a-talk-with-abby-ellin
    Eldoncard Blood Type Test
    https://www.amazon.com/Eldoncard-Blood-Type-Test-Complete/dp/B00JFTSPMW/
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    • 26 min
    Ep. 244: Working Weekends & Trying Versus Doing

    Ep. 244: Working Weekends & Trying Versus Doing

    Liz and Sarah have a confession to make — despite swearing Season Two of Fantasy Island will be different, they’re already working weekends. Arg! Then, in their new HIH WFH (Happier In Hollywood Work From Home) segment, they explain how the Writers’ Room is breaking story remotely using WritersRoom Pro®. Next, in Take A Hike, Sarah has an “ah ha” therapy moment about the difference between trying and doing. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack tackles time management: set aside ten minutes to do online research for every hour of writing.
    Get in touch on Twitter: @sarahmfain & @elizabethcraft
    Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft
    Visit our website: https://happierinhollywood.com
    Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/HappierinHollywood/
    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
    WritersRoom Pro®
    https://www.writersroompro.com/
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    • 29 min
    Ep. 243: Liz & Sarah Answer Listener Questions!

    Ep. 243: Liz & Sarah Answer Listener Questions!

    Liz and Sarah open the floor to listener questions! Hot topics include: parenting, chickens, Corgis, and more! How do Liz and Sarah know if a story has “legs”? What financial advice do they have for a career in Hollywood? And between it all, do Liz and Sarah actually sleep? Lastly, this week’s Hollywood Hack gives you ergonomic support in your car or home: BackJoy’s SitSmart Core Traction Back Support.
    Get in touch on Twitter: @sarahmfain & @elizabethcraft
    Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft
    Visit our website: https://happierinhollywood.com
    Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/HappierinHollywood/
    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:
    BackJoy’s SitSmart Core Traction Back Support in Black
    https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/sitsmart-core-traction-back-support-in-black/5379142
    The Necklace by Matt Witten
    https://www.amazon.com/Necklace-Matt-Witten/dp/1608094588
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    • 31 min
    Ep. 242: What Would Dolly Do 2022!

    Ep. 242: What Would Dolly Do 2022!

    Liz and Sarah reveal their team motto for the new year — What Would Dolly Do 2022! Their goal is to harness Dolly Parton’s spirit of strength, fun, and goodness. They also plan to wear more eye shadow. In Take A Hike, they each make a commitment to make one change for their mental health and one change for their physical health in 2022. Sarah is going to cut down on scrolling and increase how much she’s hiking each week. Liz is going to read more novels and lower her A1c. They’ve also got 2021 Hits & Bombs. Hits go to the vaccine, Season Two of Fantasy Island, and making the best of a bad pandemic. Bombs go to the Covid variants, failing at Christmas, and holding on to the Covid 19 pounds. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack comes from Liz’s niece Eliza: When evaluating a new job opportunity, ask yourself if it meets at least one of these criteria — is it fun, meaningful, or does it offer a steep learning curve. 
    Get in touch on Twitter: @sarahmfain & @elizabethcraft
    Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft
    Visit our website: https://happierinhollywood.com
    Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/HappierinHollywood/
    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:
    Charlie Podrebarac:
    https://www.gocomics.com/cowtown
    Dolly Parton:
    https://dollyparton.com/
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    • 31 min
    Ep. 241: The Nimble Life

    Ep. 241: The Nimble Life

    Liz and Sarah discuss the necessity of staying nimble as they write and produce Season Two of Fantasy Island. “Lean TV” requires a lot of juggling! Then, in Amplify, Liz talks about her new favorite show, The Sex Lives of College Girls. Next, they introduce a brand new segment – HIH WFH (Happier In Hollywood Work From Home) – and reveal a strategy to protect important work time when there’s a lot going on at home. This week’s Hollywood Hack will keep your feet warm this winter: Brooklinen socks.
    Get in touch on Twitter: @sarahmfain & @elizabethcraft
    Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft
    Visit our website: https://happierinhollywood.com
    Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/HappierinHollywood/
    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
    The Sex Lives of College Girls
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11212276/
    Big Fat Positive: A Pregnancy and Parenting Journey Podcast
    https://bigfatpositivepodcast.com/
    Brooklinen Socks
    https://www.brooklinen.com/collections/slippers-socks
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    • 25 min
    Ep. 240: Be The Calm In The Storm

    Ep. 240: Be The Calm In The Storm

    Let’s face it— sometimes things go wrong. Liz and Sarah discuss how when they had to manage a recent snafu, they took a lesson in leadership from Captain Lee on Bravo’s Below Deck: STAY CALM. Then, in Take A Hike, Nacho saves the day! Liz and Sarah share the mental health benefits of actively transitioning between Work and Not Work… and how a certain Corgi puppy helps. Next Liz and Sarah answer a Mailroom question about getting laid off. (Spoiler alert— it happens to everyone.) Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack: virtual bulletin boards!
    P.S. Set those reminders— our two-hour Fantasy Island holiday special airs December 21st on FOX!
    Get in touch on Twitter: @sarahmfain & @elizabethcraft
    Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft
    Visit our website: https://happierinhollywood.com
    Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/HappierinHollywood/
    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:
    Bravo’s Below Deck
    https://www.bravotv.com/below-deck
    Trello
    https://trello.com/
    Google Classroom
    https://classroom.google.com/
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
236 Ratings

236 Ratings

True North Canadian Fan ,

One of my top 5 podcasts for sure!!!

This one is a great podcast even if, like me, you don't have anything to do with Hollywood and you live in Canada. The banter between Sarah and Liz is like sitting on a couch with two girlfriends. I love being a fly on the wall in their jobs and it has help me watch TV differently. Their authentic voice is so refreshing and their honesty is wonderful to hear, especially coming out of Hollywood. These two women are grounded, brilliant, funny, and inspiring. It is time well spent each week listening to them. My only complaint is that I never want the episode to end. It flies by each week. Love their segments as it is broken down and so well thought out. Give this one a listen to and you won't be disappointed.

CanadaKellyYes? ,

This podcast is for everyone

My career couldn’t be further from Hollywood or television or even the United States but I get some thing fun and wonderful and refreshing and inspiring and funny out of this podcast every single week.

Canada--Gal ,

Great Duo

Love this podcast...I don't have a career related to theirs at all...but it's a great podcast for everyone.

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