Covid-19 has changed our lives in big ways—and small. Sarah and Liz share some small, unexpected changes in their routines since they’ve been “safer at home.” Sarah gave up coffee—accidentally! Then they talk to fellow TV writer, Sarah Watson, about what it was like to have her Fox pilot shut down due to Covid-19. She went from producing a pilot and promoting her first novel, Most Likely, to…. sitting in her house. How did she deal with the sudden absence of adrenaline? In Mailroom, Liz and Sarah answer a question about how they come up with character names. Finally, this week’s practical Hollywood Hack will help you grocery shop safely: the YouTube video, PSA Safe Grocery Shopping In Covid-19 Pandemic.
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.