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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.

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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. 141: A Very Personal Episode: Sarah’s Mom Story & Liz’s Voice Challenge

    Ep. 141: A Very Personal Episode: Sarah’s Mom Story & Liz’s Voice Challenge

    Many listeners have asked Sarah to tell the story of how she became an only parent to her daughter, Violet. This is the day she tells that story! Then actor/singer Amanda Noret Reed coaches Liz on how to strengthen her voice. The keys are good posture and diaphragmatic breathing. This week’s Hollywood Hack will help save money on professional blow outs: Dry Bar’s heated straightening brush, “The Brush Crush.”

    Starfish Envy:
    https://starfishenvy.typepad.com/

    Single Mothers By Choice
    https://www.singlemothersbychoice.org/

    California Cryobank:
    https://www.cryobank.com/

    Amanda Noret Reed:
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0912073/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

    Amanda Noret Reed Twitter: @amanda_noret

    The Brush Crush:
    https://www.thedrybar.com/the-brush-crush-heated-straightening-brush

    • 38 min
    Ep. 140: Liz & Sarah Celebrate A Career Milestone!

    Ep. 140: Liz & Sarah Celebrate A Career Milestone!

    Liz and Sarah are celebrating their twentieth anniversary as writing partners! They reflect on the last two decades and discuss what they should do to mark this career milestone. In Take A Hike, Liz and Sarah talk about why it’s a good idea to become an expert in something unexpected. Sarah’s new obsession? Spinning yarn! This week’s delicious Hollywood Hack: give John Kelly Chocolates as a business gift. 
    The Altered Stitch:http://www.thealteredstitch.com/contact-us
    John Kelly Chocolates:https://www.johnkellychocolates.com/

    • 25 min
    Ep. 139: What’s Your QUESTION For 2020?

    Ep. 139: What’s Your QUESTION For 2020?

    After what feels both like forever and no time at all, Liz and Sarah are approaching the finish line for both their pilot scripts. Now comes the hard part — waiting. In Take A Hike, Sarah and Liz reveal the question that will guide each of them through 2020. Sarah’s: Does this nourish me? Liz’s: Am I making this situation better? Then they answer a Mailbag Question from an aspiring TV writer about when to ask a co-worker or boss to read a script. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack will improve your next road trip: compile a group playlist. 

    Happier with Gretchen Rubin - Episode 254: Choose a One-Word Theme For The Year
    https://gretchenrubin.com/podcast-episode/254-one-word-theme-2020

    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 Ruben, Do The Thing, and Side Hustle School. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!

    • 27 min
    Ep. 138: Here’s To A Happy, Healthy, Motto-vated 2020!

    Ep. 138: Here’s To A Happy, Healthy, Motto-vated 2020!

    After a “Season of Failure” update, Liz and Sarah decide on their new team theme for 2020! This year, they’re going to Hike Into The Future! Then Sarah shares three food favorites that we can all make at home for a healthier and more delicious new year: forbidden rice, cashew milk, and air-fried french fries. This week’s Hollywood Hack is from our Facebook group: if you’re coming to LA, stay in two hotels.
    Forbidden rice: https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-forbidden-rice-1664717Cashew milk: https://cookieandkate.com/cashew-milk-recipe/Breville Smart Oven: https://www.amazon.com/Breville-BOV900BSS-Convection-Brushed-Stainless/dp/B01N5UPTZS/ref=sr_1_2?gclid=Cj0KCQiA0ZHwBRCRARIsAK0Tr-qmABGvAejLvEWCClK18Q6miMYeo2QQlCRBWh8WShzGE82MI5VNojgaAs_VEALw_wcB&hvadid=176942025810&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9031201&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t2&hvqmt=e&hvrand=11267160809367607566&hvtargid=kwd-11122039517&hydadcr=13935_9624584&keywords=breville+smart+oven&qid=1577405592&sr=8-2
    Photo: Paul Gilmore - Unsplash

    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 Ruben, Do The Thing, and Side Hustle School. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!

    • 22 min
    Ep. 137: Remove Yourself From The Spin (Out) Zone

    Ep. 137: Remove Yourself From The Spin (Out) Zone

    It’s almost pilot pickup season, and Hollywood has entered the Spin (Out) Zone. Liz and Sarah discuss the techniques they use to stay calm while others are freaking out. In Hits & Bombs, they look back at 2019 and discuss the highlights and lowlights. Liz’s biggest personal hit? Getting over her fear of public speaking. Sarah’s biggest bomb? Not going to therapy. Finally, this week’s travel Hollywood Hack will improve your visit to any sprawling city: stay in more than one hotel.
    The Altered Stitch: http://www.thealteredstitch.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 Ruben, Do The Thing, and Side Hustle School. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!

    • 24 min
    Ep. 136: Down With Exclamation Points!

    Ep. 136: Down With Exclamation Points!

    Down With Exclamation Points!
    Are Liz and Sarah riding a dragon or a camel? They update listeners on their 2019 exam development motto — Ride The Dragon. Then they check in with their former assistant, Mary Mehrkens, who offers advice to assistants (or anyone) between gigs. She also shares one of her new boss’s favorite apps: Fantastical. This week’s Hollywood Hack will help your emails seem more professional: eliminate exclamation points! Period.
    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 Ruben, Do The Thing, and Side Hustle School. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!
    Mary Mehrkens:
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5766534/

    Dayna Lynn North:
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0635998/

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

agirlnamedchuck22 ,

An unexpected gem

I would not think I have anything in common with two TV writers in Hollywood, but I could not be more wrong. Liz and Sarah are imminently relatable. They make me think, learn, and laugh on a weekly basis.

garthcallme ,

Love this podcast!

I absolutely love this podcast! Liz and Sarah are smart, funny, and real. The podcast production is top quality and sounds so professional! I LOVE how they bridge Hollywood life to non-Hollywood life. I am a college professor and actually play segments of their podcast for my students for activities! Look forward to this every week. Love you, ladies!!!!

Fan1233 ,

So much fun!

I love this inside peek into Hollywood and Liz and Sarah’s advice and hilarity. Such a great pair and a very fun way to start each Thursday.

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