Sparked by Roxane Gay’s Nemesis Twitter, Liz and Sarah discuss nemeses and how they can serve as motivation. Then they talk about Sarah’s recent “obligation vacation” and the many obligations we could all use a vacation from— order a meal service for a week so you don’t have to cook, take a break from cleaning your house, or ignore the mail for a few days. Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal this week’s Oprah-approved Hollywood Hack: the Abosu cold brew coffee maker.
Why do we ignore red flags? Prompted by Liz’s recent read of the book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou, she and Sarah discuss how and why people dismiss red flags in their professional and personal lives. Then they interview TV/comic book writer Ben Blacker about his podcast The Writers Panel and his upcoming comic book Hex Wives. Finally, Liz reveals a parent-friendly Hollywood Hack she recently discovered: work while your kid is falling asleep.
Liz and Sarah’s dream guest doesn’t disappoint! They talk to ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey about everything from the benefits of compartmentalizing, diversity in Hollywood, the famous Roseanne decision, to television development and why her notes are so good. Then Liz and Sarah share this week’s fitness Hollywood Hack: get your coworkers to do a plank with you every hour. Finally, Liz reveals this week’s Celebrity Sighting at the doctor’s office: Mindy Kaling!
We want you to have a Happier Labor Day! This Labor Day, the Onward Project podcasts are all about improving your work life. (So be sure to listen to Episode 184 of Happier with Gretchen Rubin and Episode 611 of Side Hustle School!) Here on Happier In Hollywood we asked our listeners a question— does your job define you, and should it? And, wow, did you answer! We got tons of revealing responses— from Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers— and Liz and Sarah are going to share them in this episode. Liz and Sarah will also reveal whether we feel defined by our job as writers/producers/showrunners. Finally, we have a work-related Hollywood Hack: prepare a menu of personal stories to break out in meetings!
It’s all about the “bullet train!” Liz and Sarah discuss the notion of quiddity (the inherent essence of someone or something) and how “bullet train” is the quiddity of The Fix. Then they share their hectic schedule on the first day of shooting — and it’s not all writing — a 7am call time, a notes call, and a check-in with the lead actors all before 10:30am! This week’s Hollywood Hack is sweeping Los Angeles: Kimonos! Liz and Sarah have even started a “kimono klub.” Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal this week’s Celebrity Sighting: Miles Brown from Black-ish!
Liz and Sarah share the lessons they learned writing The Fix episode 102. It’s a tale of perseverance and a little bit of panic. Then they discuss a listener question about the pros and cons of getting a dog. (Spoiler alert: Liz is getting a dog. Well, thinking about it.) This week’s Hollywood Hack: the on-demand massage app, Soothe! Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal a vicarious celebrity sighting from the Christopher Robin premiere on the Disney lot: Ewan McGregor!