375 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 over 20 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 • 2.4K 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 over 20 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. 367: All About Editing With Debra Neil-Fisher

    Ep. 367: All About Editing With Debra Neil-Fisher

    Liz and Sarah talk to comedy feature editor extraordinaire turned director, Debra Neil-Fisher, about all things editing. What makes something funny? How does music impact editing? What advantage does an editor have when directing? Then Sarah gives herself a Hit for writing in the morning, and a Bomb for not using her Pilates reformer enough. Liz gives herself a Hit for not obsessively checking Jack’s grades on the Power School App, and a Bomb for losing her expensive Orange Theory Fitness heart monitor. This week’s Hollywood Hack helps make style affordable: Buy something plain and make it special. Finally, this week Sarah has a recommendation that will lead you to lots of other recommendations — the Ecocult website and newsletter.
    Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft
    Get in touch on Threads: @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, and Side Hustle School . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!

    LINKS:
    Debra Neil-Fisher:
    Debra Neil-Fisher | Editor, Director, Producerimdb.com
    Unplugging trailer:
    Unplugging | Official Trailer (HD) | Vertical Entertainmentyoutube.com
    Ecocult:
    Ecocultecocult.com

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    • 34 min
    Ep. 366: Stress Languages & Liz’s Mounjaro-Driven Upward Spiral

    Ep. 366: Stress Languages & Liz’s Mounjaro-Driven Upward Spiral

    Working in Hollywood is often stressful, now more than ever. Liz and Sarah discuss Chantal Donnelly’s stress framework — are you an Imploder, an Exploder, a Fixer, a Number, or a Denier? In Take A Hike, Type One diabetic Liz reveals how taking the weight loss drug Mounjaro has created an upward spiral in her life. She’s exercising, eating well, and her A1C is the best it’s been in years. Then Sarah talks about what she’s doing for this month’s The Happiness Project Revisited theme of play. Her favorite new activity? Pottery! This week’s Hollywood Hack makes entertaining easy: the Charcuterie Cup. Finally, Liz recommends The Jinx: Part Two on MAX. 
    Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft
    Get in touch on Threads: @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, and Side Hustle School . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!
    LINKS:
    Chantal Donnelly:
    Settled: How to Find Calm in a Stress-Inducing Worldamazon.com
    The Jinx: Part Two trailer:
    The Jinx Part Two | Official Teaser | Maxyoutube.com

    Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash

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    • 29 min
    Ep. 365: The Power Of Partnership

    Ep. 365: The Power Of Partnership

    Liz and Sarah are asked all the time about what it’s like to be part of a team. Today they discuss the power of partnership and why it’s even more crucial to have each other during the tough times. In Take A Hike, Sarah talks about why she’s glad she took Liz’s advice and showed up to a friend’s wedding. Then, in Amplify, Liz suggests listening to the MeSsy podcast, co-hosted by Christina Applegate and Jamie-Lynn Sigler and watching The Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show on MAX. Sarah has a travel Hollywood Hack: the Airplane Pocket. Finally, this week Sarah recommends subscribing to Ply Magazine (or the niche magazine of your choice). 
    Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft
    Get in touch on Threads: @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, and Side Hustle School . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!

    LINKS:

    MeSsy podcast:
    MeSsymessythepodcast.com

    The Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show trailer:
    JERROD CARMICHAEL REALITY SHOW Official Trailer (2024) | HDyoutube.com

    Airplane Pocket:
    Airplane Pockets Airplane Tray Table Cover | Seat Back Organizer & Storage for Personal Items | Clean, Convenient, Expandable Pockets | Sanitary Airplane Travel Essentials | Media Pouchamazon.com

    Ply Magazine:
    That yarn isn't going to spin itselfplymagazine.com

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    • 28 min
    Ep. 364: Be A Joiner & A Pitch Hack Round Up

    Ep. 364: Be A Joiner & A Pitch Hack Round Up

    Liz and Sarah talk about the benefits of joining a professional group. They get so much wisdom and support from other female showrunners who deal with the same issues that they do. In Take A Hike, Sarah reveals why she’s decided to make self-care her latest hobby. Then they offer a Pitch Hack Round up — elevate your iPad, do a run through for lighting, reframe anxiety as excitement, and more! Finally, Liz has a new reality show recommendation: The Valley on Bravo.
    Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft
    Get in touch on Threads: @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, and Side Hustle School . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!
    LINKS:
    Nerdwax:
    MICROFIBER IN CLASSIC PATTERNS FEATURING SUBTLE NODS TO NERD CULTURE ICONSnerdwax.com
    The Valley: 
    The Valley | Bravo TV Official Sitebravotv.com
    Photo by __ drz __ on Unsplash

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    • 27 min
    Ep. 363: Liz Friedman on The Good Doctor (And Other Stuff)

    Ep. 363: Liz Friedman on The Good Doctor (And Other Stuff)

    Liz and Sarah talk to The Good Doctor’s Co-Showrunner, Liz Friedman, about how she approached the end of the beloved series. In Take A Hike, they discuss the nature of friendship. What is the “one essential quality” that Liz and Sarah each value in the other? This week’s Hollywood Hack makes cleaning easy: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Finally, Sarah recommends a special episode of Bluey on Disney +.
    Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft
    Get in touch on Threads: @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, and Side Hustle School . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!
    LINKS:
    Liz Friedman:
    Liz Friedman | Producer, Writer, Additional Crewimdb.com

    The Good Doctor:
    The Good Doctor (TV Series 2017–2024)  8.0 | Dramaimdb.com

    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser:
    Mr Clean Magic Eraser Original Cleaning Pads – Durable Melamine Sponges with Moofin Hand Sanitizer Dispenser - 2 Pads Magic Eraser for Walls, Floors, Kitchen Stains & Tough Messes ~ [Pack of 3]amazon.com

    Bluey:
    Bluey Official Website | Play Games, Watch Videos & More!bluey.tv

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    • 32 min
    Ep. 362: The Futility Of Attachment (Or Freedom From Fretting)

    Ep. 362: The Futility Of Attachment (Or Freedom From Fretting)

    Liz and Sarah talk about a Hollywood phenomenon that can be seen as positive or negative — everything changes all the time. Depending on their state of mind they call this “the futility of attachment” or “freedom from fretting.” In Take Two, Liz and Sarah share listener thoughts on True Fun, and answer a question about whether working on their novel is true fun for them. This week’s Hollywood Hack will help you look more polished on Zoom — Quince Mongolian Cashmere sweaters. Then Sarah has a bonus hair Hollywood Hack — the L’Ange Le Volume 2-in-1 Titanium Brush Dryer. Finally, Liz recommends the MAX documentary series Quiet On Set: The Dark Side Of Kids TV.
    Get in touch on Instagram: @Sfain & @LizCraft
    Get in touch on Threads: @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, and Side Hustle School . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!

    LINKS: 

    Quince Mongolian Cashmere Crewneck Sweater:
    The $50 Cashmere Crewneck Sweaterquince.com

    Le Volumelangehair.com

    QUIET ON SET: THE DARK SIDE OF KIDS TV | Official Trailer (2024) | DOCUMENTARY| Film Threat Trailersyoutube.com

    Photo by Alicja Gancarz on Unsplash

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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

altared spaces ,

I’m Never Behind

This podcast is one that never has extra episodes in my feed. I wait for the next one to arrive. I love the shop talk of two writers. I love the inside scoop on Hollywood lifestyle especially as it pertains to industries and relationships.

Ncb2020 ,

Entertaining and educational

I can always count on Liz and Sarah to teach me something new and make me laugh!

organizedgal06 ,

A Must for anyone doing anything in the Industry

Liz and Sarah are engaging and knowledgeable hosts who generously share the ins and outs of their careers as tv writers in LA. I have learned so much from this podcast over the years and gotten a ton of actionable advice around how to survive in Hollywood, but also about how to be happier in your career - whatever you’re doing.

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