Assistant extravaganza! We talk to our former assistant, Elysse Applebaum, about her super intense Writer’s Group— there’s an admissions process. We also sit down with our very first assistant, Tony Dodds (now a successful sitcom writer) to talk about what it takes to be not just a good assistant, but a GREAT one. Tony also provides this week’s Hollywood Hack: using the PDF Reader to prepare a pitch. Finally, a celebrity sighting: Mandy Moore!
No assholes! Liz and Sarah talk to ABC’s Agents of Shield Executive Producer, Maurissa Tancharoen, about her “no asshole policy” — and about being a high-powered, ass-kicking writer/producer, boss, and mom all while living with Lupus. One way she copes — embracing the Spoon Theory. Then Liz has a Hit this week — reading books to Jack’s class at school — and Sarah has an exercise-related Bomb. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack will up your parenting game: create a kid bag for the car.
This episode is all about change! Liz and Sarah discuss big changes in their professional lives and how they’re managing to stay (more or less) calm despite the chaos. They also reveal the changes they plan to make in 2018. Yes, it’s New Year’s Resolution time! Then, this week’s Hollywood Hack will up your selfie game: the Lumee. Finally, Sarah dishes on her bowling alley celebrity sighting.
Sarah and Liz talk to former L.A. gang members Richard Cabral and Jose Arellano about their new podcast “Without Your Permission.” Richard (who’s now an Emmy-nominated actor) and Jose share how they survived traumatic childhoods, gang life, and years in prison, and then came out the other side through faith, hard work, and the help of the organization Homeboy Industries. Also, Liz responds to a listener who wants to know why she uses bad language on “Happier In Hollywood,” but NOT on “Happier With Gretchen Rubin.” Plus, this week’s Hollywood Hack, which comes from Sarah’s Swedish high school boyfriend: the neti pot. Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal their latest Celebrity Sighting (which has a 90210 zip code).
They say “writing is rewriting,” and this week Liz and Sarah talk about The Bad Draft. They’ve finally managed to finish a draft of their pilot script, but will it ever be… good? How do they move forward and dig in to make it not just good but great? Then they talk to Young Adult author extraordinaire Melissa De La Cruz (The Descendants series, Alex & Eliza, Pride And Prejudice And Mistletoe) about her experience with the popular prescription drug Adderall. Taking it helped her be insanely productive — but at what price? Liz and Sarah also share this week’s Hollywood Hack: rain pants! Finally, Liz shares the MANY celebrity sightings she had at the Hollywood Film Awards — including Angelina Jolie, Harrison Ford, and Sean “Puffy” Combs.
It’s officially the holidays! Liz and Sarah discuss how they cope with working over the holidays when they’d rather be drinking cocoa and making cookies. Pro tip — compartmentalizing, setting boundaries, and reframing help them NOT turn into Grinches. Then Sarah and Liz debate the merits of giving business gifts. Will they get their lawyer wine this year? They also explain the very Hollywood concept of a “crew gift.” Plus a Hollywood Holiday Hack: hire a company to put up Christmas lights! And Sarah and Liz reveal their past Holiday Celebrity Sightings — Debra Winger and Matthew McConaughey (who told Sarah she has a great smile).