185 episodes

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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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. 179: The Strategy Of Decision Making With Annie Duke

    Ep. 179: The Strategy Of Decision Making With Annie Duke

    Liz and Sarah discuss how to rekindle their creative fire after stepping away from a project for over four months. Then they talk to former professional poker player and decision making expert, Annie Duke, about how to make better choices. Their favorite take away? Stop resulting! This week’s Hollywood Hack makes it easy to share expenses with friends: Splitwise! A listener wrote it to tell us it works seamlessly with another recent Hollywood Hack — Venmo.
    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!
    Annie Duke: 
    https://www.annieduke.com/the-science-and-strategy-of-decision-making-with-annie-duke-decision-strategist-and-speaker/
    How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices:
    https://www.vromansbookstore.com/book/9780593418482
    Splitwise:
    https://www.splitwise.com/
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    • 33 min
    Ep. 178: Ask Your Lawyer And Taking Out Your Own Trash

    Ep. 178: Ask Your Lawyer And Taking Out Your Own Trash

    How does Sarah’s new ritual of taking her trash to the local dump relate to being a writer in Hollywood? Liz and Sarah reveal that they’ve recently realized they need to “take out their own trash” when it comes to having difficult work conversations — rather than letting their representatives have the conversations for them. In their new Ask Your Lawyer segment, Liz and Sarah talk to entertainment attorney extraordinaire, JR McGinnis, about whether or not it’s a good idea to start a project before the deal is closed. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack will increase productivity: Push yourself to do one more thing.
    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!
    JR McGinnis: https://www.familyequality.org/people/jr-mcginnis/
    Happier In Hollywood, Episode 54: https://happierinhollywood.com/episode54/
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    • 29 min
    Ep. 177: Stepping Into Your Power At Work With Executive Coach Marie Garvey

    Ep. 177: Stepping Into Your Power At Work With Executive Coach Marie Garvey

    First, Liz and Sarah share Zoom pitching advice from listeners and friend of the pod, Laurie Zaks. Then they talk to Executive Coach Marie Garvey about how everyone — but particularly women — can empower themselves in the workplace. The good news? A big part of it is shutting out the noise and being yourself. In Hits & Bombs, Sarah gives herself a Bomb for getting hooked on the reality show Married at First Sight. And Liz gives Sarah a Hit for taking on so much of their development reading. This week’s Hollywood Hack is in honor of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Have your own dissent collar. 
    Laurie Zaks on Happier In Hollywood Episode 7:
    https://happierinhollywood.com/episode7/
    Marie Garvey: 
    https://www.crazybusywomen.com/meet-marie/
    Married at First Sight:
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3868860/
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Collars Decoded: What Each Neckpiece Means:
    https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/politics/a25362496/ruth-bader-ginsburg-collar-meaning/
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Lace Collar Wasn’t An Accessory, It Was a Gauntlet:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/20/style/rbg-style.html
    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!
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    • 41 min
    Ep. 176: Catching Up With Brook — How She’s Learning To Be Brave and Not Take It Personally

    Ep. 176: Catching Up With Brook — How She’s Learning To Be Brave and Not Take It Personally

    Liz and Sarah discuss the upcoming Happier In Hollywood newsletter. They had planned to start one pre-pandemic, and now they finally feel ready to move forward. In From The Outer Office, Liz and Sarah talk to their former assistant, Brook Sitgraves Turner, about her new job as a Staff Writer on the drama Long Slow Exhale created by Pam Veasey. Brook’s advice for new writers on staff? Forget your title and be bold. This week’s Hollywood Hack is life-changing for anyone who doesn’t yet have it: Venmo! Just do it!
    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!
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    • 31 min
    Ep. 175: Zoom Pitching And Busted Give A Damns

    Ep. 175: Zoom Pitching And Busted Give A Damns

    Liz and Sarah discuss their upcoming Zoom pitch. How can they keep their audience engaged when they’re not in the same room? Pro tip: Use more visuals. In their new Amplify segment, they share two great resources — Cup of Jo’s “How to Vote in Every State” and Fast Company’s “How to Find and Support Black Owned Businesses Wherever You Are.” This week’s Take A Hike is inspired by a country song Sarah heard on rural Minnesota radio. Is your give a damn as busted as Liz and Sarah’s are? Finally, Sarah shares a Hollywood Hack that’s helped her pare down her belongings: Ask yourself — if you had to fit everything in an 8‘ x 4’ Uhaul, what you take? 
    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!
    Dressing For Zoom Meetings With Allyson Fanger:
    https://happierinhollywood.com/episode156/

    Cup of Jo’s “How to Vote in Every State:”
    https://cupofjo.com/2020/09/how-to-vote-in-every-state/#more-235405

    Fast Company’s “How to Find and Support Black Owned Businesses Wherever You Are:”
    https://www.fastcompany.com/90512942/how-to-find-and-support-black-owned-businesses-wherever-you-are

    My Give A Damn Is Busted by Jo Dee Messina:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o40fwZgSFPI
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    • 35 min
    Ep. 174: Career Lessons From The Bachelorette

    Ep. 174: Career Lessons From The Bachelorette

    Liz and Sarah analyze how lessons from ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette can improve their approach to potential new projects. Their biggest takeaway? Learn to invest without investing. In Take A Hike, Sarah shares how looking around her lake house with new eyes has improved her mental health. Then Liz has a day of medical procedure Hits, and Sarah gives herself a bullet journal Bomb. This week’s Hollywood Hack will help improve office morale: host a Zoom trivia night! 
    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!

    The Bachelorette:
    https://abc.com/shows/the-bachelorette

    Vaccine Finder:
    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/flu-finder-widget.html

    Social Point Audience Engagement Platform (for Trivia Night):
    https://www.socialpoint.io/
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

candace.aaker ,

Interesting and Uplifting

Both of these women are so interesting to listen to! I love their Hollywood Hacks and knowing more about life as a tv writer.

Dru Long ,

Successful, Helpful, Happy Women

I enjoy living vicariously through these women who are thriving on multiple levels. Very inspiring and fun!

CMEK11 ,

LOVE Their Chemistry

Honestly, I have no interest in Hollywood or writing for movies and TV, but I listen to this podcast because I enjoy the interaction between the two. I also like the various segments they include in each show. It’s my favorite podcast, and I highly recommend it.

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