Happier in Hollywood

The Onward Project

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. read less
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Ep. 341: Liz & Sarah’s 2023 Gift Guide!
5d ago
Ep. 341: Liz & Sarah’s 2023 Gift Guide!
The Holiday Season is upon us! Liz and Sarah share their favorite gifts for 2023, including Cal Pak’s water bottle sling, puzzle sorting trays, dry erase wall dots, Oofos slides, and gift boxes from the Women’s Bean Project. Plus, so much more! 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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS:     ECCOSOPHY large beach blanket : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VFLRNL2?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details&th=1 CALPAK water bottle sling: https://www.calpaktravel.com Wanderful water bottle sling: https://www.amazon.com/WanderFull Cal Pak Luka Expandable Laptop Tote: https://www.calpaktravel.com/products/luka-expandable-laptop-tote/celery Yeti Go Box: https://www.yeti.com/cargo/storage/gobox-30.html The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Act-Way-Being/dp/0593652886/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1700505209&sr=8-1 Outlive by Peter Attica, MD: https://www.amazon.com/Outlive-Longevity-Peter-Attia-MD/dp/0593236599/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1700505263&sr=8-1 Audio books from independent bookstores: https://libro.fm/gift I’m Dead Now What? https://www.signals.com Gretchen’s The Happiness Project: Revisited course: happiercast.com/THPR2024 Don’t Break The Chain Tracker, Five Senses Journal, and Tackle Box: https://the-happiness-project.com/?_gl=1*5t2ib0*_ga*MTMyODAzNTYyOC4xNzAwNTA2MTY4*_ga_7C83YBXZPT*MTcwMDUwNjE2OC4xLjAuMTcwMDUwNjE2OC42MC4wLjA. Wooden puzzle from Liberty Puzzles: https://libertypuzzles.com/ Stackable puzzle sorting trays: https://www.amazon.com/Puzzle-Sorting-Tray Flirt Dry Erase Dots Wall Decal from Wayfair: https://www.wayfair.com/Ebern-Designs Reusable paper towels from Paloma Danger: https://palomadanger.com/collections/reusable-napkins Uniqlo Easy Cargo pants — black — 49.90 https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/products/E456106-000/00?colorDisplayCode=09&sizeDisplayCode=003 Mother’s Hustler Ankle Fray Jeans (238.00) https://www.nordstrom.com/s/mother-the-hustler-fray-ankle-bootcut-jeans/4878878?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&color=405 Oofos slides:  https://www.oofos.com/collections/trending-womens-styles/products/womens-oomega-ooahh-sandal-black?variant=40916917583987 Retro Radio Farm: http://www.retroradiofarm.com/ PMD Clean Pro — Smart Facial Cleansing Device: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PQ7Q26F?th=1 Rose Quartz Roller: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B087YPY5L5?th=1 Women’s Bean Project gift box: https://www.womensbeanproject.com/product-category/gifts/premium-gift-boxes/ Organize & Prioritize Planner: https://www.blazardesignstudio.com/shop/organize-prioritize-planner Hello Harlot: https://www.helloharlot.com/collections/the-housewives-collection Trapp Home Fragrance Mists: https://trappfragrances.com/collections/home-fragrance-mists?gad=1&gclid=CjwKCAjws9ipBhB1EiwAccEi1DQDUdRPEqRY1eR3mT1fttAzrtUzCa34a1P-ldni3XqE-17F_bDoWBoCUrYQAvD_BwE Notes To Self Socks: https://www.notestoself.com/ Helen Jon Hooded Terry Cover-up: https://www.helenjon.com/products/hooded-terry-cover-up-paros?_pos=1&_sid=b8290be2e&_ss=r Topsy’s Popcorn: https://www.topsyspopcorn.com/item?size=3 Cercana alpaca blanket: https://cercanaojai.com/ Ojai Olive Oil: https://ojaioliveoil.com Photo by Larisa Birta on Unsplash To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 340: Julia Child & How To Get A Rep With Manager Todd Schulkin
Nov 16 2023
Ep. 340: Julia Child & How To Get A Rep With Manager Todd Schulkin
Liz and Sarah talk to one of their oldest friends, Todd Schulkin, who is a manger, producer, and Executive Director of The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy. He’s also the guy who got them their first agent in Hollywood, and he has tips for pre-WGA writers about how to land an agent or manager. (Spoiler alert: A coherent logline is key.) Then they have a Hollywood Hack that will help you turn off the TV and go to sleep: When you’re binging a show, watch the teaser for the next episode, then turn it off. Next, Liz had a Celebrity Sighting — she saw Lisa Rinna THREE TIMES at Fryman Canyon. Finally, Liz has a Julia Child inspired recommendation: The Spot in Carpenteria, home to Julia Child’s favorite burger. (And stay tuned for a Julia Child related button with EP Chuck Reed’s sister, Chef Danielle Reed!) 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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS: Todd Schulkin: About Schulkin Managementschulkinmanagement.com Julia Season Two trailer: Julia Season 2 | Official Trailer | Maxyoutube.com Lisa Rinna: L I S A R I N N A (@lisarinna) • Instagram photos and videosinstagram.com The Spot: The Spot | Carpinteria CAfacebook.com Chef Danielle Reed: Home | Sur l' Adoursurladour.square.site To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 339: Forging A Path Through Chaos
Nov 9 2023
Ep. 339: Forging A Path Through Chaos
Liz and Sarah discuss their plan to forge a clear path amidst the post-WGA strike chaos. That includes committing to finishing a first draft of their novel before Christmas! In Take A Hike, they talk about the benefit of creating a discussion agenda. Then Liz and Sarah give themselves a Bomb for letting the HIH website falter, and listener Laura gets a Hit for reaching out about fixing it. This week’s Hollywood Hack will improve your Zoom meetings: put parchment over your ring light to prevent a reflection in your glasses. Finally, this week Liz and Sarah have a joint recommendation — Mayim Bialik’s video about what it feels like to Jewish right now. 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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS: Happier Ladies podcast: Happier LadiesAzizi Williams Kenzi Enright’s dad’s dIscussion agenda: Dad's incredible 'discussion' agenda for bar meetups goes viraldailymail.co.uk Mayim Bialik video: mayim bialik on Instagram: "I recorded this last night and have decided to post it a little bit before the West Coast starts preparing for Shabbat. Wishing you all a safe weekend."instagram.com Big Fat Positive Podcast: How  Big Fat Positive Podcastbigfatpositivepodcast.com Photo by Jan Kopřiva on Unsplash To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 338: Creativity Begets Creativity
Nov 2 2023
Ep. 338: Creativity Begets Creativity
When Liz and Sarah sat down to discuss ideas for their next HIH retreat, they realized having one idea made it easier to have another and another. Creativity begets creativity! In Take A Hike, Sarah talks about the benefit of knowing your neighbors. She even borrowed an actual cup of sugar from someone on her cul-de-sac! Liz and Sarah answer a question about how to know if your child might be a future writer in The Mailroom. (Note: Asking for a typewriter is a definite sign.) This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from HIH retreat attendee Jenn — sing bad news. Then Liz is on a Celebrity Sighting roll. She saw Maya Rudolph at a cross country meet. Finally, this week Liz recommends two books for people interested in the world of crypto — Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon by Michael Lewis and Number Go Up: Inside Crypto’s Wild Rise and Staggering Fall by Zeke Faux. 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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS:  Maya Rudolph: Maya Rudolph - Biography - IMDbimdb.com Going Infinite by Michael Lewis: Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoonamazon.com Number Go Up by Zeke Faux: Number Go Up: Inside Crypto's Wild Rise and Staggering Fallamazon.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 337: The HIH Retreat Retro!
Oct 26 2023
Ep. 337: The HIH Retreat Retro!
The Happier In Hollywood Retreat 2023 is in the books! It was a huge success, and now Sarah and Liz are discussing what was fantastic (the people, the place, the sound bath, the conversation) and what they’d change for the next one (less food). In Take A Hike, inspired by the weekend, they talk about the Magic of Community. Next, in The Craft (& Fain), they share a writing exercise (suggested by a retreat attendee) designed to help you tell your story in meetings. This week’s Hollywood Hack will improve your posture: the Gaiam Balance Ball Chair. Finally, Sarah has an Audible series recommendation — Slayers: A Buffyverse Story. 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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS: Johnny Cash Ranch: JOHNNY CASH RANCH - Ojai Rentals, Villas, Getawaysenchantedvacationrentals.com Gaiam Classic Backless Balance Ball Chair: Gaiam Classic Backless Balance Ball Chair – Exercise Stability Yoga Ball Premium Ergonomic Chair for Home and Office Desk with Air Pump, Exercise Guide and Satisfaction Guaranteeamazon.com Slayers: A Buffyverse Story: Slayers: A Buffyverse Storyaudible.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 336: All The Scary Things Rolled Into One Retreat
Oct 19 2023
Ep. 336: All The Scary Things Rolled Into One Retreat
Liz and Sarah are prepping for the 2023 HIH Retreat. It’s all the scary things rolled into one — entertaining, public speaking, meeting new people. They’re excited but nervous! In Take A Hike, Sarah discusses why she’s happy she found a volunteer opportunity that works for her (spoiler alert: dogs are involved). This week’s Hollywood Hack makes working at home more pleasant and quite possibly more productive: Try a work change of scene in your home. Then Liz had another Celebrity Sighting: Tiffani Amber Thiessen at the Encino Katsuya. Finally, Liz has a book recommendation — End Credits: How I Broke Up with Hollywood by Patty Lin. 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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS: Ventura County Animal Services: Ventura County Animal Servicesvcas.us Tiffani Thiessen: Words From Metiffanithiessen.com End Credits: How I Broke Up with Hollywood by Patty Lin: End Credits: How I Broke Up with Hollywoodamazon.com Photo by Brandon DesJarlais on Unsplash To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 335: The Beauty Of Busy-Ness
Oct 12 2023
Ep. 335: The Beauty Of Busy-Ness
Liz and Sarah are back to work on several development projects, and after such a long strike they are very much appreciating the beauty of being busy. In A Day In The Life, they talk about how they’re spending their time now that life for WGA writers is getting back to “normal.” One thing they’re happy about? They’re still making time to do things they care about outside of work. Then, in The Craft (& Fain), they talk about why they always take their own notes. This week’s Hollywood Hack is about maintaining friendships: Make sure to stay in touch with people you met on the picket line. Finally, this week Sarah has a podcast episode recommendation: the Sept 19th episode of The Ezra Klein Show — Boundaries, Burnout and the “Goopification” of Self-Care. 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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS: The Ezra Klein Show: The Ezra Klein Showopen.spotify.com Photo by Allec Gomes on Unsplash To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 334: Getting Our Work Legs Back
Oct 5 2023
Ep. 334: Getting Our Work Legs Back
The WGA strike is over! Liz and Sarah discuss how they’re getting their work legs back as they pick up projects where they left off five months ago. One essential step? Setting deadlines for themselves! In Take A Hike, they talk about why they’ve created a one-time book group to discuss Outlive: The Science & Art of Longevity by Dr. Peter Attia. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from Sarah: get your local farm box. In Celebrity Sightings, Liz reveals that she saw Nicole Richie and husband Joel Madden at Fryman Canton. Finally, Liz recommends Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight.  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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS: Outlive: The Science & Art of Longevity: Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevityamazon.com Ojai Roots: Ojai Rootsojairoots.com Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nikeamazon.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 333: Celebrating The End Of The WGA Strike!
Sep 28 2023
Ep. 333: Celebrating The End Of The WGA Strike!
Liz and Sarah are ecstatic! The WGA strike is FINALLY coming to an end! They discuss how it feels to be on the other side of the battle, and what they’re looking forward to in the weeks and months to come. In Take A Hike, Sarah shares why she had a Gratitude Day, and Liz decides to have one too. Then they answer a Mailroom question about whether they get segment ideas from listeners. The answer? Yes! To illustrate the point, Liz and Sarah share a bunch of fantastic recommendations they recently got from the HIH Facebook group. This week’s Hollywood Hack is great for anyone who likes to eat eggs: the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker. Finally, Sarah recommends playing a few new word game from the New York Times — Connections. 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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS: Dash Rapid Egg Cooker: Dash Rapid Egg Cooker | Perfect Eggs Every Timebydash.com Connections: Connections - Group words that share a common thread.nytimes.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 332: Time To Pause And Reconnect
Sep 21 2023
Ep. 332: Time To Pause And Reconnect
Liz and Sarah are halfway through a draft of their novel. Yay! They explain why they’ve decided to take a moment to pause and reconnect with the characters before they plow forward to the finish line. In The Mailroom, they answer a question about how to finish a pitch meeting. Then they have a WGA strike Hit and a WGA strike Bomb. This week’s Hollywood Hack is something Sarah discovered when she moved into her house in Ojai — fridge organizers. Finally, Liz recommends The Retrievals podcast. 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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS: Fridge drawers: OXO Good Grips Fridge Undershelf Drawer 14 in - for Deli Meat, Cheese, Produce and Moreamazon.com YouCopia RollOut Fridge Drawer 6", BPA-Free Clear Rolling Refrigerator Organizer Bin with Adjustable Dividers and Handles for Produce, Food, Meal and Snack Storageamazon.com The Retrievals podcast: The Retrievalsthisamericanlife.org Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 331: Turn A Chore Into A Pleasure & Set A New Goal
Sep 14 2023
Ep. 331: Turn A Chore Into A Pleasure & Set A New Goal
As the WGA strike continues to drag on, Liz and Sarah each offer a Take A Hike idea to boost mental, physical, and spiritual health. Sarah’s suggestion? Turn a chore into a pleasure by using it as time to connect with someone. Meanwhile, Liz decided to set a new goal to distract herself from strike stress — she’s upped her Fryman 50 to Fryman 100! In the Mailroom, they answer a question about how to deal with financial instability as a writer. Then this week’s Hollywood Hack comes from a listener: bringfido.com. Finally, Sarah has a jigsaw puzzle recommendation - wooden puzzles from Liberty Puzzles. 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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS: Bringfido.com Liberty Puzzles: Wooden Jigsaw Puzzleslibertypuzzles.com Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 330: Running The Show With Jeff Melvoin
Sep 7 2023
Ep. 330: Running The Show With Jeff Melvoin
Liz and Sarah talk to veteran showrunner Jeff Melvoin about his new book, Running The Show: Television From The Inside. What’s the biggest mistake first time showrunners make? How does he approach delegating? This book is essential reading for anyone who aspires to be a showrunner. This week’s Hollywood Hack is great for those looking to collaborate: Canva for Teams. Plus, Liz had a Celebrity Sighting — Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson! Finally, Liz recommends Mindhunter on Netflix.  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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Running The Show: Television From The Inside: Running the Showamazon.com Canva for Teams: Canva for Teams - An all-in-one workplace design solutioncanva.com Mindhunter trailer: MINDHUNTER Trailer SEASON 1 (2017) Netflix Seriesyoutube.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep.329: A Johnny Cash Ranch Retreat & Getting Back On The Horse!
Aug 31 2023
Ep.329: A Johnny Cash Ranch Retreat & Getting Back On The Horse!
Liz and Sarah discuss how the benefits of spending time together (actually in the same room for a whole day) led them to their big announcement: They’re hosting an HIH Retreat at the Johnny Cash Ranch in Ojai October 2–22! Email them at happierinhollywood@gmail.com for more details! In Take A Hike, they resolve to get back on the health horse now that summer is over. On the list? Hiking, eating well, writing, and meditation for Sarah. They also answer a Mailroom question about how they approach research. This week’s Hollywood Hack will transform your Zoom meetings: the Saiji Tablet Stand Holder. And finally, Sarah recommends Dan Harris’ Ten Percent Happier app.  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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS: Johnny Cash Ranch: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/step-inside-johnny-cashs-former-california-home Saiji Tablet Stand Holder: https://www.amazon.com/SAIJI-Adjustable-Rotating-Aluminum-Samsung/dp/B07GR37JY1/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=YJ7MUI5EREWD&keywords=saiji%2Btablet%2Bstand%2Bholder&qid=1693340076&sprefix=Saiji%2Btab%2Caps%2C153&sr=8-1-spons&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGY&th=1 Saiji Tablet Stand Pillow: https://www.amazon.com/Tablet-SAIJI-Adjustable-Flexible-Stand-Grey/dp/B09JK3WPKS/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=18CQO6NJYV300&keywords=saiji%2Btablet%2Bstand%2Bpillow&qid=1693340135&sprefix=saiji%2Btablet%2Bstand%2Bpillow%2Caps%2C151&sr=8-1-spons&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGY&th=1 Ten Percent Happier: https://www.tenpercent.com/ To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 327: Burn It Down With Mo Ryan
Aug 17 2023
Ep. 327: Burn It Down With Mo Ryan
Liz and Sarah talk to journalist Maureen Ryan about her incredible new book — Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call For Change In Hollywood. What was the emotional impact of writing about toxicity in Hollywood? What concrete steps can be taken to make the entertainment industry better for everyone? This week’s Hollywood Hack is a video that will keep you healthier on the picket line — WGA Picket Line Warm Up! (And Cool Down) on YouTube from WGA member Sheila Callaghan. Finally Sarah has a book rec — How to Survive Middle School: U.S. History. 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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS: Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call For Change: Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywoodamazon.com WGA Picket Line Warm Up! (And Cool Down): WGA Picket Line Warm Up! (And Cool Down)youtube.com How to Survive Middle School: U.S. History How to Survive Middle School: U.S. History: A Do-It-Yourself Study Guide (HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL books)amazon.com Photo by Claire Rush on Unsplash To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 326: Fresh Perspective & “Franking”
Aug 10 2023
Ep. 326: Fresh Perspective & “Franking”
Liz and Sarah discuss how 100 days of being on strike has a silver lining — it’s given them fresh perspective on a project that was feeling stale. In Take A Hike, Sarah talks about her Do Nothing Day. Sometimes doing nothing is everything. Next, in The Craft (& Fain), they offer tips for coming up with character names. This week’s Hollywood Hack will be helpful for anyone worried about no new TV this fall: read a book series. Finally, Liz has a podcast recommendation — Spellcaster: The Fall Of Sam Bankman-Fried. 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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS: Book Series For Adults: 20 Best Book Series for Adultstckpublishing.com Spellcaster: The Fall Of Sam Bankman-Fried: Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Friedwondery.com Photo by Teodor Drobota on Unsplash To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 325: On Being Creative Entrepreneurs
Aug 3 2023
Ep. 325: On Being Creative Entrepreneurs
Liz and Sarah talk about being Creative Entrepreneurs. How can they expand their vision of their career? What elements will strengthen their two person small company? Then, in The Craft (& Fain), they discuss whether they want to continue writing their novel in the past tense, or whether they’d rather change to the present tense. In The Mailroom, Liz and Sarah answer a question from a Pre-WGA writer about how to approach an established writer with helpful information. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from a listener: the Bite Away Insect Sting & Itch Relief Stick. Finally, Sarah has a whimsical recommendation — follow the Whitney Museum on Threads. 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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS: Bite Away: bite away Insect Sting & Itch Relief Stick, Chemical-Free Treatment with Heat for Symptom Relief from Mosquito and Bug Bites, 2 Devicesamazon.com Whitney Museum on Threads: @whitneymuseum Photo by Sascha Bosshard on Unsplash To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 324: Build A Frog Pond
Jul 27 2023
Ep. 324: Build A Frog Pond
Even though it’s the last thing they feel like talking about, Liz and Sarah discuss the ongoing WGA strike and how it feels like it’s lasting forever. In Take A Hike, Sarah reveals why the concept of “building a frog pond” (both literally and metaphorically) is helping her cope. Then Sarah has a Hit for Escape Rooms, and they both give a Bomb to the heatwave in Los Angeles. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from the FB group: When in doubt, write a note. And finally, Sarah has a perfect summer movie recommendation — Joy Ride.  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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS: Joy Ride trailer: Joy Ride (2023) Official Red Band Trailer - Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Stephanie Hsu, Sabrina Wuyoutube.com Photo by Zdeněk Macháček on Unsplash To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 323: Strike News & Formatting Fun
Jul 20 2023
Ep. 323: Strike News & Formatting Fun
Liz and Sarah discuss SAG-AFTRA going out on strike. Will actors on strike pressure the AMPTP to come back to the table? They sure hope so. Then they Amplify a new book from journalist Maureen Ryan — Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywood. In The Craft (& Fain), Liz and Sarah talk about what they’ve learned about creative formatting while working on their novel. Small changes can make a big impact on the reader. This week’s Hollywood Hack is a low tech way to help pass time while you wait — keep a deck of playing cards in the car. Finally, Liz has a controversial TV recommendation: The Idol on MAX. Get in touch on Twitter: @sarahmfain & @elizabethcraft Get in touch on Instagram and 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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! LINKS: Burn It Down by Maureen Ryan: Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywoodamazon.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ep. 322: Threads & The Perfect Tee
Jul 13 2023
Ep. 322: Threads & The Perfect Tee
Liz and Sarah have joined the new social media platform, Threads, and they think you should too! Getting onboard early makes a difference — so don’t delay. This week’s Hollywood Hack is deep dive into The Perfect Tee. Liz and Sarah asked listeners for suggestions and got so many great ideas! Then Liz had a Celebrity Sighting (Alan Ruck) while dropping Jack off at camp. And Sarah recommends seeing Pixar’s new movie, Elemental.  Get in touch on Twitter: @sarahmfain & @elizabethcraft 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, Side Hustle School, and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler . If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! The Perfect Tees: Icebreaker — Women’s Merino Tech Lite II Short Sleeve J Crew Factory. Vintage Cotton. Garnet Hill Popflex Perfect Tee or Perfect Boyfriend Tee MeUndies Albion Fit basic fit tee. Sipaya Women’s Basic V Neck Tee. ATM LL Bean Lands End Talbots. Isaac Mizrahi tees on QVC, especially the Pima Cotton Liz’s faves: Hanes Women’s Nano T-shirt. Uniqlo U Crew T-shirt Sarah’s faves: Anthropology’s Pima cotton t-shirts. Madewell Elemental trailer: Elemental | Official Traileryoutube.com Alan Ruck: Alan Ruck | Actor, Soundtrackimdb.com Photo by Mediamodifier on Unsplash To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices