Ta Da! The “Happier in Hollywood” Podcast Is Launched. Green Juice! Mantras! And That Horrible Call from Their Agent.

I’m so excited! Happier in Hollywood just launched — it’s the terrific new podcast that my sister Elizabeth Craft is doing with her longtime writing partner and friend, the brilliant and hilarious Sarah Fain.

Today is my sister’s birthday, so it feels like an auspicious time to start a new project.

As a combo launch day/birthday present, I sent her, Sarah, and their assistant Brook a set of mugs with the Happier in Hollywood logo and the launch date, as pictured above. (Elizabeth loves mugs.)

So what’s the podcast about?

It’s about how to be happier, healthier, saner, more creative, more successful and more productive in a back-biting, superficial, chaotic, unpredictable, and fundamentally insane world of Hollywood. For instance, in the first episode, they interview their agent about the worst call he ever had to make to them.

And while the stories have a special glamour and extreme quality because of the Hollywood setting, and frequent celebrity sightings, the things they deal with are the things all of us deal with.

As they explain: “We’ve seen and experienced a lot in our time in Hollywood. And yes, many of the cliches are true. There are swimming pools and movie stars. But a lot of what we deal with – work/life balance, negotiating office politics, how to work out on a regular basis – is the same whether you’re in Hollywood, Dollywood, or somewhere in between.”

I remember one time Elizabeth wanted to talk on the Happier podcast about getting fired. She asked Sarah if Sarah would mind if she talked about them getting fired, and Sarah asked, “Which time?”

One thing that’s funny for me is that in my family, and in the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, my sister is “Elizabeth.” But everywhere else, she goes by “Liz” — for instance, on Happier in Hollywood , they have a segment called “Liz vs. Sarah.” Do you go by a different name with your family, or with a specific group of friends? That seems pretty common.

If you’re thinking, this podcast sounds great, but sheesh, I don’t know how to listen or subscribe to a podcast, never fear! It’s very easy (it really is easy, I’m not just saying that) and it’s free. Easy instructions here.

If you want to learn some fun facts about Sarah and Elizabeth Liz, and learn more about their long friendship and writing partnership, check out their website. I must say I was a bit of a happiness bully about encouraging them to make their site — and it’s so good! It’s hilarious and gives you such a good sense of both of them.

Happier in Hollywood is part of The Onward Project — the family of podcasts that I’ve launched for podcasts that are about “your life–made better.” Check out Side Hustle School and Radical Candor — both are so terrific. The Onward Project podcasts all have a similar vibe: interesting, practical, fun, and meant to make your life happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.

Give it a listen! Okay, I know I might be slightly biased, but I do love it.

  • Mike

    I heard the first episode. Really fun!

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  • MerryMary

    Really enjoyed it.

  • Diana Sparks

    Loved the first Happier in Hollywood. Looking forward to the next episode. Got such a kick out of the “F” word portion. I’ve worked in commercial property management and leasing for 26 years. To say it was a male dominated industry when I started out is an understatement. I was Miss Prim and Proper initially. Time and experience changed that. You were so spot on about throwing the “F” word out now and then. It definitely changed how I was viewed by my male counterparts. I was now “one of the boys” and they would completely relax and say what was on their minds regarding whatever deal we were working on. I don’t over use it but use it when it’s called for and I think it’s served me well. Side note. I rarely used the “F” word when my kids were growing up but when I did oh did I get their attention. Whatever they were doing wrong was immediately stopped because when mom said the “F” word they knew mom was not pleased and they had better get their acts together. lol!

  • Sara Halgrimson

    yay! Looking forward to this podcast. Love it already
    I do have a work mantra I got from my favorite illustrator: Kate Bingaman-Burt
    1. Do one thing at a time
    2. Know the problem
    3. Learn to listen
    4. Learn to ask questions
    5. Distinguish sense from nonsense
    6. Accept change as inevitable
    7. Admit mistakes
    8. Say it simple
    9. Be calm
    10. Smile
    PF&DW 1991
    (I don’t know who those people are, but that is who originally said it I believe).

  • Nicole Ghastin-Ketchem

    I am enjoying the podcast so much!!! And it is such fun to hear Liz twice a week. I am just throwing it out there, but if you would like to interview an actress who has been in over 50 national spots in the past ten or so years I would love to come on the show! My daughter is about Jack’s age and I live in Culver City. Many tales of schlepping her around LA on calls when she was tiny (for me, not her), the time we did a Meow Mix and she got fired from playing my daughter because she was just turning 4 and didn’t know how to laugh on cue and while devastated I had to play mom to the backup kid and not be destroyed and so on. She is not a child actor btw, I can dish on that as well. There are other fun stories not involving Julia 😉 I am at http://www.nicoleghastin.org