Happier in Hollywood

Happier in Hollywood

Happier in Hollywood

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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.
  1. June 30, 2022
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    Ep. 268: Vacation Vibes & Email Etiquette
    Even though Liz and Sarah are still in the middle of post production for Season 2 of Fantasy Island, they discuss how they feel like they’re on vacation! In Take A Hike, they reveal their summer themes: Liz is…
  2. June 23, 2022
    30 min
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    Ep. 267: That’s A Wrap!
    Liz and Sarah celebrate wrapping production on Season Two of Fantasy Island! They discuss the Season Two “production curse” and how knowing even The Godfather faced challenges was a comfort. In The Mailroom, Li…
  3. June 16, 2022
    32 min
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    Ep. 266: Spring Listener Questions: Part 2!
    It’s time for Spring Listener Questions: Part 2! What do Liz and Sarah wish they knew about life—and Hollywood—when they graduated high school? Did they ever have a crush on the same person? Get the scoop on ev…
  4. June 09, 2022
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    Ep. 265: Spring Listener Questions: Part 1!
    It’s time for Spring Listener Questions: Part 1! Besides the writing, what parts of showrunning do Liz and Sarah particularly enjoy? Why do TV shows today show so… much… vomit?! Liz and Sarah answer your burnin…
  5. June 06, 2022
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    Introducing The Powers That Be: Daily
    Join Emmy Award-winning journalist Peter Hamby, along with the team of expert journalists at Puck, as they let you in on the real conversations insiders are having across the four corners of power in America: W…
  6. June 02, 2022
    27 min
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    Ep. 264: YAGNI—You Ain’t Gonna Need It!
    Liz and Sarah have a new strategy: You Ain’t Gonna Need It! YAGNI—a tip from a listener—is helping Liz and Sarah think about work differently. One example? Not spending energy on projects before they’re done de…
  7. May 26, 2022
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    Ep. 263: Euphoric Relief & The Queens of Cutting
    Liz and Sarah have—knock on wood—finished writing Season Two of Fantasy Island! They discuss the euphoria they felt after turning in the last Studio/Network draft and share how they celebrated. What compares? F…
  8. May 19, 2022
    28 min
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    Ep. 262: Big News, Room Lingo, & Loops
    Liz and Sarah have news—the Big Summer Fun of Fantasy Island is now Big Fall (Or Winter) Fun on FOX! They discuss getting the call and what the move to in-season means for the show. Spoiler alert—it’s good! The…
  9. May 12, 2022
    25 min
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    Ep. 261: Senioritis & Sleeping While Stressed
    This week, Liz and Sarah discuss wrapping the Writers’ Room for Season Two of Fantasy Island! Now they have Senioritis, but there’s still so much to do... They also announce that Season Two premieres Tuesday, M…
  10. May 05, 2022
    37 min
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    Ep. 260: You Gotta Have Grit
    This week, Liz and Sarah have a special guest co-host, friend of the pod and camp owner extraordinaire, Audrey Monke! The three deep dive into grit—how grit helps at work, growing your grit, and why stepping ou…
  11. April 28, 2022
    27 min
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    Ep. 259: Back To Basics
    What’s missing around your workspace? Liz and Sarah discuss the importance of having solid basics—Sarah needs a good chair, Liz needs pens! Then, in A Day In The Life, Liz and Sarah take listeners through a typ…
  12. April 21, 2022
    28 min
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    Ep. 258: Dinner Parties and Slumber Parties!
    This week, Liz and Sarah share wisdom gleaned from Twitter—specifically, insights for lower level writers from TV writer Jeane Wong. One piece of advice? Think of the writers room as a dinner party. Next, in Ta…
  13. April 14, 2022
    25 min
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    Ep. 257: Momentum Matters
    With three episodes left to break for Season Two of Fantasy Island, how do Liz and Sarah handle a morale killer? The short answer – they lean on their team and get to work. Then, in Take Two, Liz and Sarah revi…
  14. April 07, 2022
    27 min
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    Ep. 256: Call In Reinforcements
    In the thick of double days and double deadlines, Liz and Sarah call in reinforcements! They’ve added their good friend and TV writer Karine Rosenthal to the Fantasy Island S2 Writers’ Room. Liz and Sarah discu…
  15. March 31, 2022
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    Ep. 255: Leaning Into A Lean Budget
    Liz and Sarah share strategies for making a lean TV budget work and discuss putting them into action on Fantasy Island. At every stage of the process, there are ways to make smart adjustments—from keeping above…
  16. March 24, 2022
    29 min
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    Ep. 254: How To Be A Pro
    What does it mean to be a professional? Liz and Sarah deep dive into what pros do differently. From how they communicate, to anticipating needs, to seeing the void and filling it—professionals make it easy to w…
  17. March 17, 2022
    26 min
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    Ep. 253: Embrace The Suck & More Travel Hacks!
    Liz and Sarah embrace the fact that sometimes things just suck. Sarah moved last weekend—and, yep, it sucked. But acknowledging the suck and not trying to put a spin on it somehow made it easier. In Take Two, L…
  18. March 10, 2022
    36 min
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    Ep. 252: Money Matters & Tackling The Sunday Night Blues
    How do creative people budget? Creatively! Liz and Sarah talk MONEY—and how to manage it—with financial coach Dylan Snowden. Dylan shares how his background in the arts informs his work today, common mistakes,…
  19. March 03, 2022
    29 min
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    Ep. 251: Re-entry, Crunch Time, & Compliments!
    Liz and Sarah are back from Puerto Rico! They discuss how being on location can be a (busy!) break from reality and how they’re tackling re-entry to their lives in Los Angeles and Ojai. Then, in Take A Hike, it…
  20. February 24, 2022
    34 min
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    Ep. 250: Our 250th Episode!
    It’s the 250th episode of Happier In Hollywood! Liz and Sarah celebrate by recapping their twenty-five favorite topics featured on the podcast. From their very first Hollywood Hack—saying “fuck” in a meeting—to…

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