Wedding LOL 2015

Jun 12, 2014
I started a Google doc spreadsheet
 
Not to spoil the ending to my book or anything, but I'm getting married. Circa 2015. Probably Spring, or Summer. Those seem like nice seasons!
 
 
Today was the first day I made calls to schedule venue tours. The conversations have been interesting.
 
 
"When are you looking to get married?"
 
 
"2015! Or like whenever!"
 
 
"What is your style of decor?"
 
 
"Just like wedding-style!"
 
 
I'm entertaining any and all options. In the running: a camp ground with cabins. A private dock. An old castle. A restaurant with a fish on the wall. Also, what if I got married at the zoo? But not in an event space, just in and around elephants. I don't know if this is possible though.
 
 
I'm not hyper-particular about any of the little details. I just want it to be fun and not like a prom. I'm apathetic about Pinterest, and DIY gives me anxiety. I dislike repetitive...
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How to Sing Like Katy Perry (Video)

May 06, 2014
how to sing like katy perry
I heart you, Katy Perry

The other day, while singing along to "Dark Horse" in the car, which I do constantly, (I'm obsessed) I realized I wanted to know exactly what Katy Perry does to sound so distinctive and awesome. So I decided to listen to some of her most popular tracks (over...and over...and over...) and figure out exactly what she does, from a technical standpoint, when she delivers a song. The video below -- "How to Sing Like Katy Perry" -- is perfect for singers who are hoping to emulate elements of her signature style, or use her vocal choices as a jumping off point (or if you just want to straight-up copy her...!).

 

Not gonna lie... I'm super excited about this video.

Katy Perry is obviously a hugely popular and successful singer-songwriter with legions of fans and tons of hits. But she's also an impressive vocal technician who has developed a rich, interesting, and distinctive sound.

After I finished editing the video, I realized...

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On Criticism, Reviews, and the Opinions of Others

Apr 30, 2014
 
Hi crazy kids! Recently I did an email interview for a woman who's working on a project about artistry and criticism, and I thought her questions were interesting and thought-provoking! So, per her permission, I decided to cut and paste the Q&A below. Check it out and let me know your thoughts.
What do you believe is the purpose of critique? Do you like reading (or writing) reviews for books, theater, music, even products? Have you ever had to face unsolicited criticism? Share in the comments section below!
 
Love,
Fel
 
 
1. What was the first official criticism (review) of your work that you ever received? How did you feel about it?
 
FR: I was first reviewed in college, by the Yale Daily News. I remember thinking it was a strange concept. When you work on a character and throw yourself into a role, there's little concern for how things look or how "good" it is. It's just about being truthful and finding whatever clicks for you as the performer....
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Voice Cracking & How to Prevent It (Singing Tips Video)

Apr 28, 2014

Why is everyone so afraid of voice cracking?? And what can we, as singers, do to prevent the dreaded wobble? Check out my brand spankin' new singing tips video -- "Voice Cracking and How to Prevent It" -- for advice on combatting the process of cracking. In it, I crack a lot like a complete weirdo. Hopefully you will lol with (at?) me.

(This video has also been added to the Free Singing Tips area of this blog, which is a collection of handy singing articles, videos, and singing advice. Check it out if you haven't visited yet!)

What do you think about cracking? Have you ever cracked during a performance? Are you terrified of cracking while practicing, or have you learned to embrace your voice's vulnerabilities as you learn and grow? 

Leave a comment in the comments section below!

Love,

Felicia

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Singers, Sign Up For an Online Video Critique With Me (Fel)! (Video)

Apr 25, 2014

Hiya! If you're a singer, please check out the trailer (above) I made for my exciting new Online Video Critique service, which is really picking up some steam via my website. It's an amazing way for me to connect to singers across the world -- I love to hear and see you sing!

How It Works: All you have to do is film your video, fill out the form on my website, checkout with PayPal, and we're in business for a quick 1-3 business day turnaround, in which I send you a filmed video of me critiquing your performance and vocal technique (and whatever else you're working on). Check it out and let me know what you think!

**Editors Note: As of August 2017 Felicia is no longer offering Singing Transformation.**

On a related note, there's a prize in order. Those of you who were generous enough to take my nifty little singing survey this past week (see previous post to get up to speed) were automatically entered to win a free Online Video Critique. I received 78...

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Take my survey & enter to win a critique and/or phone chat!

Apr 15, 2014
Here is my face, smiling at you, like, "Please take my survey lol!"

*Note: As of Friday, April 25, 2014, submission has been closed. Thank you to all who participated! The winner will be announced later today.*

 

Are you a singer? An aspiring singer? Do you belt it out in the shower?

If so, I'd love for you to help me out by taking a quick survey.

Is there a prize involved? Heck yes! One survey-taker will be randomly selected to receive a free online video critique from me! (What's a video critique? Learn more here >)

So what's the survey about?

In an ongoing effort to bring more beautiful, free, effortless, joy-filled singing into the world, I'm searching for ways to better serve my private and online voice students.

Lately, I've been very interested the concept of fear and what holds us back when we perform. 

Would you mind lending a few moments to offer your opinions?

You can remain 100% anonymous.

Cool bonus: I'm also looking to phone...

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Channeling Fear and Coping With Anxiety

Mar 31, 2014

My TEDx Talk at Yale this past Saturday was about "Life Revision." Its full title was "There Is No Final Draft: Keep Revising Your Life To Create Your Reality." I had a tremendous time at the TEDx conference and feel such love for my alma mater! (The speeches were taped by a professional cameraman, so videos of every speech will be posted to the TEDx site soon) (I'll be sure to let you know when that is.)

During my talk I mentioned to the audience members that they could personally get in touch if they were experiencing fear or anxiety and that I would share resources I've found helpful when coping with my own anxiety (which has included panic attacks and light-headedness, on and off for about three years now).

For ease of communication, I thought I'd keep an evolving list of resources on this blog so I can share them with all of you. This list isn't exhaustive; it's just a collection of books, sites, and techniques I've found helpful in coping with my own bouts of anxiety --...

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If You Dare: Come See Me Give a TEDx Talk At Yale

Mar 23, 2014

Hi, friend.

My name is Felicia Ricci and I'm giving a TEDx Talk at Yale this Saturday. My tentative topic is REVISION.

How do you revise your life to create your reality?

Needless to say, I'm pretty freaked out, especially as I sit at Starbucks, writing the world's longest manifesto on Life and its myriad questions.

REVISION.

Part of my thesis is that revision sucks. A fact of which I'm painfully reminded as I revise, revise, revise, revise this here TED talk.

Oh, TED. Who are you? If ever I meet you, I'm going to give you a friendly slug to the chin. You know one of those light punches that says You old so-and-so but is underscored with actual hostility?

At least I have five more days.

With this in mind, do you want to see me talk? Lord help you, you can reserve your ticket here. If you come, be sure to laugh any time I make anything resembling a joke.

Or maybe I will convey my thoughts through interpretive tap dance. There is no way to know.

Love and Life...

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3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Singing

Mar 06, 2014

What?? Two new singing tips video in one week?? I've gone insane!

This new video answers a question I get a lot:

"Felicia. What can I do to improve my singing technique, right now?"

Some of you may think the answer is "nothing," but that's actually not true. Of course, anything worth achieving takes lots of practice, and this is certainly true of singing. But there are a few things you can do -- right now -- to enhance your sound and improve your singing technique immediately.

Check out the video below for my best 3 tips for making big singing strides -- today!

 

 

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How to Sing "Let It Go" From Frozen (Video)

Mar 03, 2014

Hi, singer friends! I've been getting a lot of questions from my voice students and from many of you via social media about how to sing "Let It Go" from Frozen in the style of Idina Menzel, so I decided to make a quick vid giving you some singing tips on how to approach the super challenging (and fun) ending which sweeps up to a high E flat.

To sing "Let It Go," I adopted some key vowel modifications that will help you pop out the high belting easily and without tension.

Check it out below and let me know what you think!

Learn more about Belt Your Face Off here 

 

 

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