Liz and Sarah talk to their new manager, Dianne Fraser, about exactly what a manager does, how managers are different from agents, and how aspiring writers can get a manager of their own. Pro tip? Follow up a query email with a call to the office. In Take A Hike, Sarah reveals her desire to “choose the smaller life” during this global pandemic. This week’s Hollywood Hack will help fight Zoom fatigue: instead of a Zoom work meeting have a walking conference call.
Liz and Sarah have their minds blown by Emmy-nominated Costume Designer, Allyson Fanger, who says dressing for Zoom meetings isn’t just about what you wear. It’s also about what else is in the frame. Pro tips? Production design your space, wear a shirt with a collar, and choose bold glasses. This week’s Take A Hike comes from Sarah’s daughter, Violet: take comfort in the notion of “eventually.” Finally, Liz and Sarah share a Hollywood Hack from Liz’s mom — bring in an expert.
Liz and Sarah are answering your questions—and they’re answering them fast! What’s their favorite part of writing for television? When an actor gets an Executive Producer credit… what does that mean exactly? Will the current situation make it easier or harder for unrepresented writers to get hired? Are spec scripts still a thing? What will happen during the pandemic once networks run out of shows they have in the can? Will there be lots of reruns? How are Liz and Sarah working while they’re safer at home? And so much more…
Sarah shares her COVID-19 mantra: “Does this matter?” Liz’s is “Closer, stronger, lighter.” Then Liz and Sarah discuss how living through this extraordinary time is—surprisingly—making them want to take more professional risks. Is it finally time to “ride the dragon?” In The Craft (And Fain), they explore what makes a good idea good. The five elements: clarity, specificity, dynamics, legs, and relevance. In this week’s Hollywood Hack, both Sarah and Liz offer an app to keep you occupied at home: I Love Hue and Real Mah Jongg.
Liz and Sarah reveal big news—they have representation. But they decided not to get an agent. Instead, they signed with badass manager Dianne Fraser of Industry Entertainment! Now they have an all-female team—woot! In Take A Hike, Liz and Sarah talk to internist and board certified physician nutrition specialist, Dr. Melina Jampolis, about how we can use the food in our refrigerators and the spices in our pantries to boost our immunity while we stay safer at home. She also gives Liz advice on how to cut down on her chips and salsa snack bursts. Bonus? Dr. Melina shares her recipe for Healthy Quarantine Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Spice Muffins (see below). Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack: the Xenvo Squidgrip Flexible Tripod.
Violet visits Happier In Hollywood to talk about being “safer at home” from a kid’s point of view. Then Liz and Sarah talk to author and host of Side Hustle School, Chris Guillebeau, about his new book The Money Tree. Chris says there’s money in your own backyard, and he challenges all of us to find it. In Hits & Bombs, Sarah gives herself a survival hit and Liz gives herself a writing bomb. This week’s Hollywood Hack will up your confidence level in Zoom meetings: use the “touch up my appearance” feature!