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Thursday, March 31, 2011

I admit it! I'm cheating on this blog with my old blog!

It's time I came clean: I have officially restarted my old, WICKED-centric blog UNNATURALLY GREEN, and have been posting once, twice, sometimes THREE TIMES a week! I know, I know.

How could I?

FIVE-TRICK PONY followers, I still love you. But I have unfinished business with my old blog.We have a...history. You understand?

And I will still post here! All the time! Honest!

And, in the meantime, if you can withstand the inevitable sting of jealousy, check out the latest UNNATURALLY GREEN post, "Shameless sap and ANNOUNCEMENT!"

Shameless sap and ANNOUNCEMENT!

Dear totally awesome followers of this blog,

First off, can I just take out my virtual hanky for a second and wipe some virtual happy tears? Thank you ALL for the support you've given me both on this blog and lately with the announcement of my behind-the-scenes memoir. It is astonishing how fricking cool all of you are. I love your enthusiasm, and passion for the arts, and for humor, and for voicing your opinions.

I spearheaded my memoir project because I wanted to stay connected to all of you, and deliver a personal story that might just be worthwhile enough for you to read. The project represents hours upon hours of work -- the culmination of many dreams of mine, each merging into one, lasting, exuberant expression of who I am. And I am so grateful that you've leaned in to listen. Now, more than ever, I have such a clear sense of who my audience is: the curious, inquisitive, hungry, appreciators of theater, of humor, and of creativity. From little kids who dream big to grown-up kids who never stopped, I say to you all, "HELLO! AND THANKS!"

So, catch phrases and taglines aside, if you asked me, "Fel! What is this book really about?" I would say: it's about you guys.

Corny? Nah.

Honest? Definitely.

Okay. Hanky going away.

For now.

Also, hankies are unsanitary, so next time I am going to use a tissue.

In any event, I am pleased to announce that soon -- as soon as this very night! (...or tomorrow, if I can't get my shiz together) -- I'm going to disclose my memoir's official title, along with more info on where you can find (regularly updated!) excerpts and other little goodies.

In the meantime, if you haven't joined my outrageously cool mailing list, be sure to do so here!

Talk soon!
--FR

P.S. Yesterday, March 30, marked the one-year anniversary of my Elphaba debut!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Carol de Giere, author of "Defying Gravity"

Exciting news on the memoir front! I've gotten in touch with author Carol de Giere, who penned Stephen Schwartz's biography "Defying Gravity," and she's been relaying some helpful tips on how to get the word out about my own book. Stay tuned...


In the meantime, here are links to her sites, so be sure to check them out!


www.DefyingGravityTheBook.com - Read her Stephen Schwartz biography!

www.MusicalSchwartz.com - Check out her Stephen Schwartz fan page!



--FR


P.S. In case you hadn't noticed: UNNATURALLY GREEN is BACK, y'all. 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Hey, my book has a website!

Check this out and try not to pee your pants even though I suspect you are reading this while not even wearing pants!

http://www.FeliciasUntitledWickedMemoir.com

(It's uses flash, so you won't be able to view it on your mobile device or any manner of iTabletThing. Only old-fashioned computers. So antiquated.)

The "Learn More" page includes a contact form for you to sign up for my mailing list. No spamming here -- just periodic updates on the book's official title (to be revealed soon...), its release date, how to order advanced or signed copies, and how you can get involved in spreading the Wicked-memoir love across this great wide earth.

Hooray! Getting psyched for this, everybody!
--FR

Hey, my book has a website!

Check this out and try not to pee your pants because those pants are dry clean only!

http://www.FeliciasUntitledWickedMemoir.com

(It's uses flash, so you won't be able to view it on your mobile device or any manner of iTabletThing. Only old-fashioned computers. So antiquated.)

The "Learn More" page includes a contact form for you to sign up for my mailing list. No spamming here -- just periodic updates on the book's official title (to be revealed soon...), its release date, how to order advanced or signed copies, and how you can get involved in spreading the Wicked-memoir love across this great wide earth.

Hooray! Getting psyched for this, everybody!
--FR

Thursday, March 24, 2011

SECRET POST!

KNOCK KNOCK.

WHO'S THERE?

A WICKED MEMOIR BY FELICIA RICCI

A WICKED MEMOIR BY FELICIA RICCI WHO?


(Tell your friends. And stay tuned. And eat your vegetables.)

SECRET POST!

KNOCK KNOCK.

WHO'S THERE?

A WICKED MEMOIR BY FELICIA RICCI

A WICKED MEMOIR BY FELICIA RICCI WHO?

COMING SUMMER 2011.

(Tell your friends. And stay tuned. And eat your vegetables.)

It feels good to say "no"

In the past week, I have forged new professional ground.

I have said "no."

That's right! I, Felicia Lisbeth Five-Trick Pony Ricci, have just turned down three concerts and two plays. And I feel really bleeping good about it.

No, (<--there it is again!) I'm not writing this to instigate an indulgent, communal ego-stroking, wherein everybody who reads this "oohs" and "aahs" at how popular I am, then writes about it in the comments (although I cannot stop you!).

On the contrary, I wish merely to recount the extremely novel, somewhat surreal, experience of drawing a hard line. And sticking to it.

Setting boundaries can be hard for an actor. The theater industry is designed in the opposite way. Many people believe that if you want to make it in the biz, you'd better be prepared to do anything and everything people ask of you (within reason, you sicko!). So if you're an actor on a mission, primed and ready to make a splash, it's in your best interest to get involved as much as you can, cultivating professional relationships, honing your craft through new, unpublished work, and, well, saying "yes" to everything and anything. This can be a wonderful and exciting practice.

But for those of us who are unsure...who need to examine the road signs before continuing down what they thought was the right path...

"No" is a beautiful word indeed.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SORT-OF FORMER ACTRESS / EVOLVING HUMAN TAKES OFFICE JOB WHILE WRITING BOOK, LIVES TO TELL TALE (SO FAR)

Here are some of the day-to-day benefits to working in an office.
  1. FREE PENS.
  2. If anyone speaks, they do so in low, soothing tones.
  3. It is customary to wear clothes that need not be geared toward
    1. Rigorous movement or dance
    2. Concealing pit stains
    3. Showing off ones “assets”
  4. If I wake up with phlegm in my throat, THAT’S OKAY.
  5. If I arrive a few minutes late, THAT’S OKAY.
  6. I can eat and not worry about the timing of subsequent bodily functions. (Oh yes, I went there.) (And yes, that’s something you have to consider when working in the theater.)
Here are some downsides to working in an office.
  1. I am required to more or less stay put in the building, even when I’m not particularly needed.*
  2. Unlike my prior experiences with the unbridled, persistent gregariousness of nearly every actor I’ve ever encountered, it is not a matter of course that one’s coworkers introduce themselves or even speak.**
  3. Brunch has become a competitive sport, as I no longer have the special privilege – sometimes curse – of being free when everyone else is busy; instead, I must submit to the workweek / weekend dichotomy. Gone are those solitary week days, when I used to scour the lonely streets for companionship, wander into various places of business, and wile away my idle hours at an empty movie theater, pondering what exactly it was I was doing with my life, where I was going to find my next paycheck, and why the weekly cost of concessions add up to nearly half of my unemployment insurance.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE!
*Upside: …during which time I can compile inane lists, like this one.
*Also: slightly reminiscent of my standby stint, no?
**Although, this is oftentimes a good thing. As a point of contrast, I would, if I had the capabilities, submit to you one of several live actor-subjects I’ve encountered at various auditions, to whom a mute individual would be, in many cases, preferable.