289 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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    • 4.8 • 2.3K 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. 281: Clearing The White Board & Sarah Does Hypnotherapy

    Ep. 281: Clearing The White Board & Sarah Does Hypnotherapy

    Vacation is officially over. Sarah and Liz are clearing their white boards and diving into a new project (or maybe two) while they wait for Fantasy Island Season Three to get the green light. How are they getting into the right mindset? And do they feel ready to tackle something new? In Take A Hike, Sarah discusses the hypnotherapy she’s been doing to improve her mood. Then Sarah has a Hit for her step mother, and Liz gives herself a Bomb. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack will improve your Zoom meetings: To eliminate ring light reflection in your glasses, use a ring light on either side of your screen instead of one in front of it.
    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:
    Puerto Rico Hurricane Fiona relief:
    @hasercambio
    HASER - community network
    https://www.hasercambio.org

    @casapuebloorg
    Casa Pueblo - Adjuntas
    https://casapueblo.org

    @tallersalud****
    Taller Salud - Loíza
    https://www.tallersalud.com

    @fundacion bucarabon
    Fundación Bucarabón - Maricao
    https://www.fundacionbucarabon.org

    @a_goyco
    Taller Comunidad La Goyco - Santurce
    https://www.lagoyco.org

    @elpuentepresente
    El Puente - community network
    https://elpuente.us

    @lafonditadejesus
    La Fondita de Jesús
    - San Juan
    https://lafonditadejesus.org

    Animal Orgs—

    @Santuario.sasfapr - Cabo Rojo

    @RabitoKontento - Hatillo

    @EIFosterClub - Todo PR

    @FaroDeLosAnimales - Humacao

    @HuellitasDePuertoRico - Jayuya

    @PetFriendlyPR - Todo PR

    @saveasatopuertorico - San Juan

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    • 29 min
    Ep. 280: What Should We Be Doing Right Now?

    Ep. 280: What Should We Be Doing Right Now?

    Liz and Sarah discuss what they should be doing during their downtime. Coming up with TV show ideas? Writing a novel? Working on a new podcast? Or maybe... nothing at all? Then they Amplify a new TV show starring Roselyn Sanchez — ‘Til Jail Do Us Part. In The Craft (& Fain), Liz and Sarah share a tip they learned from an essay on writing by Ann Patchett — don’t let yourself start a new novel until you’ve finished the one you’re writing. (This happens to apply to ALL creative projects.) Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack is good for the environment: use the Ecosia search engine.
    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:

    ‘Til Jail Do Us Part:
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14177208/

    These Precious Days by Ann Patchett:
    https://www.parnassusbooks.net/search/site/These%20Precious%20Days

    This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett: 
    https://www.parnassusbooks.net/search/site/This%20Is%20the%20Story%20of%20a%20Happy%20Marriage

    The Getaway Car by Ann Patchett:
    https://www.writermag.com/writing-inspiration/products-for-writers/the-getaway-car/

    https://www.ecosia.org/?tt=cd24c447&gclid=CjwKCAjwyaWZBhBGEiwACslQo-RAvjcCJt57rSvVgXZ21JdbnLKHRpoUvQv1rMmwIym9LLrbi7GkABoCdNUQAvD_BwE

    Ecosia:
    https://www.ecosia.org/?tt=cd24c447&gclid=CjwKCAjwyaWZBhBGEiwACslQo-RAvjcCJt57rSvVgXZ21JdbnLKHRpoUvQv1rMmwIym9LLrbi7GkABoCdNUQAvD_BwE

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    • 29 min
    Ep. 279: The Writers’ Room Survival Guide with Niceole Levy

    Ep. 279: The Writers’ Room Survival Guide with Niceole Levy

    Liz and Sarah talk to TV writer Niceole Levy about her fantastic new book, The Writers’ Room Survival Guide. Practical tips about topics like what to do before the job even starts, how to navigate a toxic environment, and what to expect when you’re writing your first script make this book essential for anyone interested in a TV career. Then, in Take A Hike, Sarah shares that she’s been using Gretchen’s One-Sentence Journal and Don’t Break The Chain Habit Tracker to boost her health and well-being. This week’s Hollywood Hack is a must during the heat wave: the Comlife Bladeless Neck Fan.
    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 Writers’ Room Survival Guide by Niceole Levy:https://www.amazon.com/Writers-Room-Survival-Guide-Screw/dp/1615933468
    One-Sentence Journal:https://the-happiness-project.com/products/one-sentence-journal
    Don’t Break The Chain Habit Tracker:https://the-happiness-project.com/products/dont-break-the-chain-habit-tracker
    Comlife Bladeless Neckfan:https://www.amazon.com/Bladeless-Necklace-Rechargeable-Hands-Free-Activities/dp/B08Z45WLH8/ref=asc_df_B08Z45WLH8/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=507477922458&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5699097266310958415&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9031190&hvtargid=pla-1291329748051&psc=1

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    • 37 min
    Ep. 278: Stepping OFF The Treadmill Desk & A Call With Our Manager Dianne Fraser

    Ep. 278: Stepping OFF The Treadmill Desk & A Call With Our Manager Dianne Fraser

    Stepping OFF The Treadmill Desk & A Call With Our Manager Dianne Fraser
    Liz and Sarah discuss the anxiety of stepping OFF the treadmill desk during their vacation. Then they share their vacation Hits and Bombs. Sarah gives Violet a Hit for trying escargot in Paris and a Bomb to the guy who smelled really bad on the plane ride home. Liz gives Jack a hit for going snorkeling, and she gives herself a Bomb for not trying paddle boarding. Then, in Call Your Manager, they talk to Dianne Fraser about the differences between managers, agents, and lawyers. Finally, Dianne has a Hollywood Hack: buy $35.00 box seats at the Ahmanson Theatre. 
    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:
    Dianne Fraser:
    http://fraserentertainmentgroup.com/
    Ahmanson Theatre:
    http://www.ahmansontheatre.net/

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    • 32 min
    Ep. 277: Another Summer Listener Questions Episode!

    Ep. 277: Another Summer Listener Questions Episode!

    Liz and Sarah received so many great questions from listeners that they decided to devote another episode to answering them. What does Liz have to say about Survivor? Why didn’t Liz and Sarah have an office for Season Two of Fantasy Island? Now that Sarah is catching up on recent pop culture, what are some of her favorite current TV shows? They also explain why everyone should watch The Shield, talk about whether they’ve been impacted by the Great Resignation, and so much more! Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack makes travel easier: Make a QR code photo album on your phone.
    LINKS: 
    Survivor: 
    https://www.cbs.com/shows/survivor/
    The Shield Season One trailer:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm6ZQjIupn0
    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!

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    • 33 min
    Ep. 276: Summer Listener Questions!

    Ep. 276: Summer Listener Questions!

    Liz and Sarah answer listener questions! Is being a showrunner what they expected? How do they come up with fantasies for Fantasy Island? Has Sarah ever considered taking up quilting? What is Liz’s favorite Real Housewives franchise? And so many more! 
    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:
    Episode 141: A Very Personal Episode: Sarah’s Mom Story & Liz’s Voice Challenge https://happierinhollywood.com/episode141/


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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

Just Tamz ,

Happier!

I love love love this podcast. They are honest and so insightful about Hollywood and life stuff in general. Love their friendship and also love that they are here every single week- I look forward to the show every Thursday. Thank you so much Sarah & Liz.

NotYourMamasMidlifeCoach ,

Great podcast for writers and non-writers alike

I’ve enjoyed this podcast since it’s launch. The Facebook group that Liz and Sarah started is also a great resource - such great people in there! Do yourself a favor and check out this show.

Rose75252 ,

Chatting with Friends

My favorite podcast! I’m not in the Hollywood biz but love hearing about the lives of these 2 ladies. I feel like I’m hanging out chatting with a couple of friends. Highly recommend!

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