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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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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. 232: Sliding Doors & Sarah Gets Chickens

    Ep. 232: Sliding Doors & Sarah Gets Chickens

    Liz and Sarah discuss how their immediate future resembles the 1998 movie Sliding Doors. There’s one reality if Fantasy Island gets picked up for Season Two, and a totally different reality if it doesn’t. In Take A Hike, Sarah shares how she’s using meditation to help her get through this stressful time. Her favorite tool? The Ten Percent Happier app from Dan Harris. Plus, she got chickens! So Ojai. This week’s Hollywood Hack turns any gathering into a special event: rent a photo booth. Finally, Celebrity Sightings are back! This week Liz and Sarah spotted comedian Fortune Feimster at Kiwami. 
    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:
    Happier With Gretchen Rubin bonus episode on Sarah’s move to Ojai:
    https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5tZWdhcGhvbmUuZm0vaGFwcGllcg/episode/N2VmZWUzM2EtMjYwZi0xMWVjLTkxNjMtMTM1ZDRlMjVlNzM3?hl=en&ved=2ahUKEwiTm_O2k9fzAhU4ITQIHVqoB-wQieUEegQIChAI&ep=6
    Sliding Doors trailer:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkEX_EqBeq8
    Fantasy Island “Twice in a Lifetime” full episode:
    https://www.fox.com/watch/7bc83da1b946171624ce254de5470a88/
    Ten Percent Happier:
    https://www.tenpercent.com/
    Meditation Mount in Ojai:
    https://meditationmount.org/
    Fortune Feimster:
    https://www.fortunefeimster.com/
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    • 27 min
    Ep. 231: Hollywood Holiday Gift Guide!

    Ep. 231: Hollywood Holiday Gift Guide!

    It’s not even Halloween yet, but Liz and Sarah are looking ahead to the holidays. Between supply chain problems and slow delivery, they’re shopping NOW! And they’ve got lots of great gift ideas. Need to buy for a colleague? They suggest a personalized Yeti rambler cup or a face mask chain from CandiceBDesigns on Etsy. Have a Happier lover in your life? Get a To Do Tackle Box from Gretchen Rubin. Liz and Sarah’s favorite gift this year? Smiley Face Slippers!
    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!
    LINKS:
    Happy Home Slippers from Yellow The Label:
    https://yllwthelabel.com/collections/accessories/products/happy-home-slippers-sherbert-preorder
    Note To Self socks:
    https://www.notestoself.com/
    CandiceBDesigns mask chains:
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/CandiceBDesigns?ref=shop_sugg
    Corkcicle coffee mugs:
    https://corkcicle.com/collections/luxe-collection?collection=type-coffee-mug&product=6732983926872&variant=39576332107864
    Yeti rambler cup:
    https://www.yeti.com/en_US/drinkware/tumblers/20oz/21071500665.html
    Earthwell drinkware:
    https://earthwell.com/
    Timbuk2 Custom Classic Messenger Bag:
    https://www.timbuk2.com/pages/customizer#/product/18-custom-classic-messenger-bag/size/4/customize
    Baggu:
    https://baggu.com/collections/cross-body-bags
    Bandolier:
    https://www.bandolierstyle.com/
    Poche bag from Clare V:
    https://www.clarev.com/products/poche-black-rustic
    Patagonia Black Hole:
    https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-black-hole-pack-23-liters/49255.html?dwvar_49255_color=PLGY&cgid=luggage-black-hole-bags-backpacks
    Away Packable Sling bag:
    https://www.awaytravel.com/travel-bags/packable-sling-bag?color=cayenne
    Pop It fidget toys for kids:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B092LQ1ZZG/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&aaxitk=fecc1c9b7d40c9983de2345940a85002&hsa_cr_id=5915633690601&pd_rd_plhdr=t&pd_rd_r=72c1850c-0124-4e9e-81c6-db95f76be8d0&pd_rd_w=Dz8tW&pd_rd_wg=AMSHz&ref_=sbx_be_s_sparkle_mcd_asin_0_img
    King Arthur Sourdough Starter and Classic Crock Set:
    https://shop.kingarthurbaking.com/items/fresh-sourdough-starter-and-classic-crock-set
    Moxi Roller Skates:
    https://www.moxiskates.com/products/lolly-roller-skates-clementine?variant=31945332457574 Three to four hundred dollars. 
    The Tackle Box:
    https://the-happiness-project.com/products/the-tackle-box
    Memento Keepsake Journal:
    https://the-happiness-project.com/products/memento-keepsake-journal
    On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King:
    https://www.amazon.com/On-Writing-Stephen-King-audiobook/dp/B0000547HM/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2JSR1RWSLBCY1&dchild=1&keywords=on+writing+stephen+king&qid=1634071615&s=books&sr=1-1
    The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer:
    https://www.amazon.com/The-Actors-Life-Jenna-Fischer-audiobook/dp/B078JLHPPT/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Jenna+fisher&qid=1634071665&s=audible&sr=1-1
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    • 35 min
    Ep. 230: What Five Things Do You Want To Be Known For?

    Ep. 230: What Five Things Do You Want To Be Known For?

    Liz and Sarah discuss a question put forth by their favorite author consultant, Crystal Ellefsen — what five things do they want to be known for? First on the list — writing interesting, complex female characters. Then they Amplify Dichos, an hilarious new web series from Fantasy Island Season One writer Mary Angelica Molina. This week’s Hollywood Hack is for the overbuyers out there: If you feel the need to buy something, buy a holiday gift. Finally, Sarah had her first Celebrity Sighting in Ojai. She saw Jason Segel walking into town. 
    Get in touch on Twitter: @sarahmfain & @elizabethcraft
    Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft
    Visit our website: https://happierinhollywood.com
    LINKS:
    Crystal Ellefsen:
    https://crystalellefsen.com/
    Consulting For Authors:
    https://consultingforauthors.com/
    Mary Angelica Molina:
    https://www.maryangelicamolina.com/
    Dichos:
    https://www.dichosdichos.com/
    Jason Segel:
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0781981/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!
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    • 24 min
    Ep. 229: The Waiting Game

    Ep. 229: The Waiting Game

    Liz and Sarah are anxiously waiting to find out if there’s a future for Fantasy Island. They reveal one way they’re handling the stress — working on the network pitch for Season Two! In Hits & Bombs, Liz gives Sarah a Hit for how she’s dealing with the social slog in her new hometown of Ojai. And after watching the new Amazon docuseries LuLaRich, they both give a big Bomb to MLM’S — multilevel marketing companies. Liz even pledges to give up her beloved MLM skincare products. Then they answer a Mailbag question about the Fantasy Island logo — why is the “A” upside down? Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack is a pro tip that took Liz and Sarah years to learn: Repeat after them. 
    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!
    LINKS:
    LuLaRich trailer:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJgkwIHp1pc
    Life After MLM podcast hosted by Roberta Blevins:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr8VrNAbpWE
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    • 28 min
    Ep. 228: Resetting, Reframing, & The Finale

    Ep. 228: Resetting, Reframing, & The Finale

    Liz and Sarah reveal what’s most pressing in their work psyches this week — nothing! As Season One of Fantasy Island comes to an end, they are making a conscious effort to take a mental break from the show. In Take Two, they revisit their post Puerto Rico reset plans. Did Sarah find good hiking trails in Ojai? Has Liz stopped eating after 10PM? Have they both managed to focus on their friendship? Then, in Take A Hike, Sarah discusses her recent decision to reframe certain big expenses — an insight which led Liz to feel better about the money she’s spending on making a will. Liz and Sarah also go Behind The Episode, discussing the Fantasy Island season finale, “Dia De Los Vivos,” which was written by Liz’s husband, Adam Fierro, and guest-stars the always fabulous Leslie Jordan. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack makes a great business gift, especially for somebody who spends a lot of time on sets: the Kinetic Sling Crossbody Bag from Athleta.
    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!
    LINKS:
    Liz and Sarah on the podcast Screaming Into The Hollywood Abyss:
    https://www.hollywoodabyss.com/fantasyisland/
    Leslie Jordan talks about Fantasy Island:
    https://www.tvinsider.com/1014281/fantasy-island-leslie-jordan-guest-star/
    Adam Fierro:
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1469826/
    Rachel Raimist:
    https://www.rachelmakesmovies.com/
    Kinetic Sling Crossbody Bag from Athleta:
    https://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=656734042&vid=1&tid=atpl000001&kwid=1&ap=7&gclid=CjwKCAjwhaaKBhBcEiwA8acsHGdVS5qMtNBv_q_C6GxZnYivx6Y5DVuxU6sMtfaF68uH_Y6MfrfAtxoCIewQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
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    • 29 min
    Ep. 227: The Power Of A POV

    Ep. 227: The Power Of A POV

    Liz and Sarah discuss the importance of having a point of view at work. Your boss might not always agree with you, but that’s ok! In Behind The Episode, they talk about two episodes of Fantasy Island: “The Big Five Oh” and “The Romance & The Bromance.” One exciting detail? The casting! These episodes feature a Melrose Place reunion and an appearance by Roselyn Sanchez’s husband — Eric Winter! Then, in Amplify, Liz shares a must-see documentary — LFG — about the US Women’s Soccer Team’s fight for equity and fair pay. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack comes straight from Sarah’s move to a new house: Keep a stain stick wherever you undress. 
    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!
    LINKS:
    Melrose Place:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melrose_Place
    Josie Bissett:
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0084327/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
    Daphne Zuniga:
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001879/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
    Laura Leighton:
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0500359/
    Eric Winter:
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0935721/
    LFG:
    https://www.hbomax.com/grw-lfg?utm_id=sa%7C71700000084305879%7C58700007147538124%7Cp64270085257&gclid=Cj0KCQjwkIGKBhCxARIsAINMioI2l-FxpdI6UNiptVTYrdE2tWaJ9REXgyQcevX0dU511Suw7v29LLEaApJ8EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
    OxiClean Gel Stick:
    https://www.amazon.com/OxiClean-Max-Force-Gel-Stick/dp/B01LZ6FGEJ/ref=asc_df_B01LZ6FGEJ/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=216562595669&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10386070353569560999&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9031185&hvtargid=pla-350191202093&psc=1
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    • 26 min

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Adore Liz and Sarah’s Podcast

You two make my day every day. I love the insights of creatives in a sporadic profession in which your babies are judged by millions. Thank you for helping us all feel real and not alone.

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Enjoying- and just purchased Fantasy island season 1

I love getting the behind the scenes careers of the two writers. Inspired me to but the episodes on Apple TV 😎❤️

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