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!
You have questions — Liz and Sarah have answers! What advice does Sarah have for choice moms? Why does Liz feel so strongly about writers’ assistant notes? How do you approach a supervisor when a job you want becomes available? How do the roles of directors and producers differ? They answer all these and more in this special listener questions episode!
Liz and Sarah discuss Fun, Fun Fridays — what they are and why they’re bringing The Fix team together. Then Liz and Sarah reveal their enneagram results and talk to world-renowned executive coach Michael Melcher about how personality type influences leadership style. This week’s fashionable Hollywood Hack: get a signature belt. Finally, Liz’s celebrity sighting this week is Rachel Lindsay from The Bachelorette. If only Liz had mustered the courage to ask for a selfie!
Liz and Sarah are stressed out! During this insanely busy time for their ABC show, The Fix, they discuss their go-to tools for managing stress — and whether or not they’re working. Then they talk to their favorite mogul David Hoberman, founder and co-owner of Mandeville Films and Television, about being a producer, the #MeToo movement, and how to resolve conflict on the job. Finally, Liz and Sarah share the perfect gifting idea in this week’s Hollywood Hack: BoxFox.