Following up on their discussion about whether to get an agent, Sarah and Liz share an email from a listener who has a definite opinion. Then they outline how they’ve maximized their work hikes by instituting best practices. Most important? Stop to take notes. In Take A Hike, they share big news about the Happier In Hollywood community: they’re a launching a weekly newsletter! To subscribe, go to happierinhollywood.com and scroll down to the bottom where you’ll see a box that says “join the party.” Next, from The Mailroom, they answer a listener question about the best material to submit to TV writing contests. This week’s Hollywood Hack comes from their Facebook group: ask people to do something at the last minute.
In the last two weeks, our world has turned upside down. Social distancing, remote learning, and WFH are now the new reality. Liz and Sarah talk to parenting expert Audrey Monke from the Sunshine Parenting podcast about how to stay positive and in the moment during an uncertain and frightening time. As owner of one of the top summer camps in the country for over thirty years, Audrey has spent her life researching and developing strategies for creating a fun, supportive, growth-focused culture for children. Audrey’s message to those of us overwhelmed by…. everything? Lower the bar!
Liz and Sarah follow up on their discussion about Schrodinger’s Cat (episode 147). Some listener cats: IVF, college admissions, and moving. Then they talk about why we should all Seize The Day in work and life. In From The Treadmill Desks Of, they discuss why saying something RIGHT AWAY makes all the difference. The longer you wait, the harder it gets. In The Craft (And Fain), Liz and Sarah reveal one of their most useful writing secrets—use the good stuff RIGHT AWAY in a script. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack: jump on a trend RIGHT AWAY.
With so many irons in the fire, Liz and Sarah decide to try time blocking. Will task batching and day theming keep them on track? (We shall see…) Then, in Hollywood Jobs, they talk to JuVee Productions Creative TV Executive Karen Frost about her career trajectory and why being an agent’s assistant helped her get where she is today. Karen also shares how she co-founded WOC Hikes, a regular networking event for Women of Color in Hollywood. This week’s Hollywood Hack: share your successes!
Liz and Sarah discuss the paradox of Shrodinger’s Cat—a thought experiment in which a theoretical cat is both alive and dead at the same time—and how it embodies their career right now. In Take Two, they revisit the subject of personal canaries in a coal mine. Some of their favorites from listeners? Browsing real estate sites, leaving cabinet doors open, cleaning pencil sharpeners, and green juicing. This week’s Hollywood Hack will help actors prep their scripts: the Sozy Annotator. Finally, even though Liz and Sarah swore they’d never announce Beverly Hills Housewife Lisa Rinna as a Celebrity Sighting again, they can’t help but mention they saw her at Fryman Canyon this week. Twice.
Liz and Sarah discuss their realization that so much can come from something… even if nothing comes from it. An example? In preparing for a recent meeting that went nowhere, they came up with an idea for a new narrative fiction podcast—and read an amazing book that had been on their list for years. In Hits & Bombs, Sarah’s hit goes to her trip to Riverside to buy a loom—for the first time since her daughter was born she did something on the weekend JUST FOR HERSELF. And Liz gives herself a bomb for counting her wardrobe chickens before her pilot (failed to) hatch. They also had a Bonus Bomb for everyone who plays loud music while hiking at Fryman Canyon. This week’s Hollywood Hack ensures you won’t repeat meeting outfits: take a picture on your phone. Finally, Liz and Sarah had some repeat Celebrity Sightings—Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin (together this time) and Jon Voight.