Published on Mar 19, 2015
Felicia Ricci is an author, performer, voice teacher, and an entrepreneur. She talks about life, decisions and doubt.
Felicia Ricci is an author, performer, voice teacher, entrepreneur, and self-
described five-trick pony who loves
to make creative mischief. She was last seen as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the Shubert Theater, opposite David Alan Grier and Reg Rogers. She received her English degree from Yale University, where she won the J.
Edward Meeker Prize for nonfiction,
the Saybrook Master’s Award, and the Louis Sudler Prize for the arts.
COMMENTS • 220
SorryBeeinLate1 year ago
“Don’t decide by thinking, decide by doing” is one of the best pieces of life advice there is. It can go even further – don’t wait to get motivated to do something, just start doing it and the motivation will come. The speech is really really on point.
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LARRY1 year ago
I never had a career. I never wanted a career. I’ve only wanted to be free. A career doesn’t sound like freedom to me.
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Jodi1 year ago
Fel is so sweet. Love her :)
Jay McKenzie10 months ago
I was quite upset that she didn’t let the audience know they could call her fel
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Kerry O’Brien1 year ago
I was on the verge of committing to a crazy “unrealistic” goal – at least unrealistic according the odds and the people around me. Thanks for this. After watching this, I’m ready to commit to it. Even if I don’t reach the goal, I’ll be 1000 miles farther artistically than if I hadn’t tried at all. And I can’t wait for all of the unexpected things that will happen and people I’ll meet along the way. If you don’t do anything, nothing happens.
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Christopher James Begley7 months ago
I decided to leave my job this week. I was earning a good salary in London but ultimately unhappy and unfulfilled. Watching this video really helped me feel calm and I agree – Freaking out is fine and quite human. Thanks Felicia!
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Melinda Robbins2 years ago
Way to go Felicia ! Enjoyed learning more about you. I’m subscribed to your channel 🙂
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Clovis de Cruz7 months ago
“Never tell me the odds” – Han Solo
Jessica Romie2 years ago
I coincidentally just found your singing lessons videos this evening, and then you popped up on ted talks. Great speech :)
Mary p5 months ago
This talk was inspiring! Been stuck in a dead end job for years and overlooked by management and wasting my talents. Time to make “revisions” and do something else which will improve my mental, physical and emotional health. Nothing like wasting your life due to fear – and now age may be a factor. Go forth boldly!
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chakraboosters5 months ago
OMG, this talk is sooooo right on. And number 3? I got knee deep into Hollywood before I realized I was that I actually hated the politics of working on a sitcom. And being an innovator = going against the odds is smack on! I now create temporary chakra healing tattoos. It’s doesn’t get any more “out there” than that! But I’ve sold them in 46 countries. Ignore the odds — follow your heart and inspiration. Thank you, Felicia!
Mona Lim1 year ago (edited)
Hey Felicia! OMG…where to start. I am a director of performing arts who happened to stumble on to your singing videos and instantly fell in love with you (in a wholly non-sexual way of course). Wanna hear something really funny? I was a Yalie once (was even in the New Blue and sang at Mory’s and everything!), only I decided I didn’t want to be a doctor, dropped out and then enrolled at my state university where I majored in Theatre. As someone who has “revised” many, many times, I have to say how happy I was to see your video. You are a kindred spirit and an inspiration to everyone out there who fears moving out of their comfort zone. I am quite a bit older than you and I have to say that I LOVE my life because of the risks I’ve taken and the fact that I followed my passion which is education and the performing arts. If I were to truly name what it is I do, it is to find the artist in every person. I coach people on everything from writing and acting and singing to writing screenplays and I LOVE IT! Thank you for being out there. I tell all of my students to watch your videos. If you ever come to Tampa Bay, let me know because I’d love for you to do a workshop! XOXO
Gogo8mkd1 year ago
Fel is like the person you want to meet, hang out and just talk about things…
Thanks for being in my life Fel, even if it’s just virtual.
You have helped me a ton from managing my voice to dealing with life fears.
xPNova1 year ago
haha I just realised Ricci was pronounced as “richie”. I thought it was “ricky” all this time.
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The Pantaloon1 year ago
She seems like such a nice lady
Kiri Kiske9 months ago
“ignore the odds maan ” love it^^
sthom4bad2 months ago
What is she, 25, 30? What if you’re over 40? Over 50? Sometimes you’re stuck in a boring but secure job because you don’t want to be a starving senior or because you have dependents. Some of us don’t have time on our side anymore.
Philip Piller2 years ago
I freaked out so hard, when i realized my 2 favourite things just found a way to combine each other: Felicia Ricci + Tedx <3 Seriously Felicia i think you are just awesome! So please keep going and more important: Young-adult-novels ... i feel you! Reply 8 Just Having Fun8 months ago Today I gave my first guitar lesson to my first official student! I didn't think I was good enough a player to teach but a friend convinced me: "do it up to the level of your comfort." Well, I sure know music theory and like kids, and I have a motivated young lady to work with. This is a new direction for me and a way to dip my toes into teaching & music while I'm looking for a full-time job in my "real" profesdion. Scary? Not so much, but a real mental shift... and that brought up fear. Reply 7 Maja Biene10 months ago And no, decide by INTUITION, not by doing! you have to listen to your GUT FEELING, and not try everything. You won't have so much time in life to try out everything until you can say: wow, I found it! if your intuition is weak, then you have a problem .. Reply 7 View reply