Liz and Sarah discuss how we can all improve their our mental flexibility during this global pandemic. One tip? Tweak your routine. In their new Amplify segment, they talk to up-and-coming TV writers Jackie Decembly Penn and Jerrica Long about their Hollywood Reporter piece, “How to Broach Race When You’re Not the Most Powerful Person in the Writers Room.” Jerrica’s advice: Don’t call people out. Call them in. This week’s Hollywood Hack: avoid the creep. It’s easy to let bad habits creep back in, especially right now. Halt the creep ASAP!
Liz and Sarah discuss challenging works situations. When do you stick it out, and when do you pull the ripcord and escape? In Take A Hike, they explore the beauty of an “unexpected interlude,” and Sarah reveals the unexpected interlude she has coming up in her own life. Hint: There’s a lake involved. They also answer a Mailroom question about how NOT to freeze up in a pitch. This week’s Hollywood Hack is perfect for a socially distanced summer: buy a lawn chair.
Liz and Sarah discuss their decision to believe in a positive post-Covid future in their work—and how they’re also trying to apply that belief in real life. Then, in their new Amplify segment, Liz suggests everyone listen to an episode of the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast in which former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay (the sole Black lead of the franchise in forty seasons) discusses racism both behind and in front of the camera. In Call Your Manager, they talk to Dianne Fraser of Industry Entertainment about how she helps guide clients when they’re picking projects. Her advice? Never take a job for the money. This week’s Hollywood Hack: virtual training.
Liz and Sarah strategize about how they can make space to be creative in this pivotal historical moment. Then they introduce a new segment—Amplify—in which they amplify the voices and work of women and people of color. In the Mailroom Segment, Liz and Sarah answer a question about the real life houses used in television shows. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack will help you be a better listener: Don’t interrupt for one week!
Liz and Sarah talk to Jeanette Volturno of Catchlight Films and Julie Harris Walker of Catch A Break Podcast about how they’re working to make Hollywood more diverse. One promising tool: Crewvie — a worldwide application database for sharing and sourcing qualified crew and production support for film and TV. Jeanette and Julie also talk about their podcast, Catch A Break, which educates people on the nitty-gritty of working in entertainment. Their current focus? A live series on how to resume production during Covid-19. This week’s Hollywood Hack is an app that will let you work together when you’re apart: Scribble Together.
Liz and Sarah relearn a lesson they’ve learned before. It’s time to take control of their career! Spec pilot, here they come. In Take Two, listeners offer suggestions about how Sarah can “choose a smaller life” during COVID-19. One idea? Say “no” to at least one thing a day. In The Mailroom, Liz and Sarah answer a question about how they organize their creative process. Pro tip: use Google docs. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack: do some in-house excavating. Sarah unearthed her air popcorn popper, and Liz rediscovered her NutriBullet.