Felicia Day Demonstrates to #heweb17 That She is Indeed The One Who’s Cool.

Felicia Day Demonstrates to #heweb17 That She is Indeed The One Who’s Cool.

Felicia Day Demonstrates to #heweb17 That She is Indeed The One Who’s Cool.

Entrepreneur, actress, singer, writer, and web series creator Felicia Day told a packed house at #heweb17 about how she was able to combine creativity and technology and "being very strange" to forge new paths and build a career.

  1. @feliciaday Are you as excited to see me as I am to see you at #HEWeb17? Just six minutes!
  2. As crowd rushes & tries to nab closest seats to where @feliciaday will be, @farktal says,”This is like Black Friday for geeks.” #heweb17
  3. Felicia Day for the #heweb17 keynote.

    Felicia Day for the #heweb17 keynote.
  4. Felicia noted that this group of geeks plays hard.
  5. “You look like crap…in a good way” – @feliciaday, our #heweb17 keynote speaker 😂 @HighEdWeb
  6. Woot! Ultima! Used to play those games up to and including UO. @feliciaday #heweb17
  7. Shoutouts to Infocom and Mr. Wizard already. @feliciaday is definitely our people! #heweb17
  8. Day embraced the power of being a nerd, thanks to a non-traditional upbringing.
  9. “As a woman, as a girl, nobody every taught me I wasn’t supposed to be nerdy.” – @feliciaday #heweb17
  10. "As a girl, no one ever taught me that I wasn't supposed to be nerdy." @feliciaday #heweb17 https://t.co/GMoiQOWdMg

    “As a girl, no one ever taught me that I wasn’t supposed to be nerdy.” @feliciaday #heweb17 pic.twitter.com/GMoiQOWdMg
  11. Being isolated as kid not such a bad thing; @feliciaday explains she wasn’t exposed to “norms” (ex: girls can’t like dragons) #heweb17
  12. Nerdom is all about wanting to share our passions and our joy. – @feliciaday #truth #heweb17
  13. Front row for Felicia Day! #heweb17

    Front row for Felicia Day! #heweb17
  14. There is something to preserve with the internet – that space for people who feel isolated to find their tribe. @feliciaday #heweb17
  15. “It’s the greatest tragedy to dissuade someone from something they love.” @feliciaday #heweb17
  16. She ended up taking a very unusual route to college, after a violin professor helped her to gain admission without a H.S. diploma or G.E.D.
  17. Took the SAT. No GED. Went to college. Dominated life. Teaching nerds and geeks that we are accepted and awesome. #heweb17 @feliciaday https://t.co/okn2KwAtP3

    Took the SAT. No GED. Went to college. Dominated life. Teaching nerds and geeks that we are accepted and awesome. #heweb17 @feliciaday pic.twitter.com/okn2KwAtP3
  18. Started college at 16 “and I had no friends… because it was illegal to talk to me” @feliciaday #heweb17
  19. She earned two college degrees.
  20. Wow, hilarious promotional poster @feliciaday made for her college violin recital. Felicia Warrior Princess! #HEweb17 https://t.co/zk41VADQyk

    Wow, hilarious promotional poster @feliciaday made for her college violin recital. Felicia Warrior Princess! #HEweb17 pic.twitter.com/zk41VADQyk
  21. Work really hard and get ahead? Not so much. Confidence and luck got @feliciaday ahead in Hollywood. #heweb17
  22. After a few rough patches as an actress, she found herself addicted to World of Warcraft.
  23. @feliciaday escaped to… and got addicted to WoW. Rather than face problems, escaped from them there. #heweb17
  24. “Video games aren’t inherently unhealthy. But anything can be a venue for addiction if you’re unhappy.” @feliciaday #heweb17
  25. A support group helped her channel her energies in positive ways, which turned into a script that became the web show "The Guild."
  26. “I used to think “support group” was a dirty word, but now I find it to be the most important part any talk I give.” – @feliciaday #heweb17
  27. “My whole career is out of spite. Negative things can totally motivate you.” #HEWEB17 @feliciaday
  28. “Without my support group, I wouldn’t be here today.” Yay for self care! @feliciaday #heweb17
  29. “Out of shame, which can motivate you — my whole career is out of spite — I wrote #TheGuild.” – @feliciaday #heweb17
  30. Her struggles helped Day learn that it's okay not to be perfect.
  31. “…waking up at 4 am to farm dreamfoil in Azshara…” – @feliciaday yuuuup *raises hand* But she’s right: mistakes are best teachers #heweb17
  32. “Mistakes are rewarding. They are the best thing you can do.” –@feliciaday Recurring theme at #heweb17.
  33. You’ll be more successful if you’re willing to risk failure than if you limit yourself to guaranteed success. @feliciaday #heweb17 #keynote
  34. As The Guild took shape, she learned to market in the "wild west" of the emerging Internet…and to go around Hollywood.
  35. @feliciaday went where her audience was… the web… and the rest is history. Know. Your. Audience! #heweb17
  36. For The Guild, @feliciaday did then-novel marketing on every social channel including “burning embers of failure” startup sites. #heweb17
  37. A year before Kickstarter, @feliciaday used online crowdfunding to shoot The Guild series. Fan involvement made it better. #heweb17
  38. The Guild taught Felicia a lot of lessons
  39. Wearing a lot of hats was very rewarding (and fun) for @feliciaday. Great life lesson. #heweb17
  40. “I defined myself. I gave myself my own stereotype. That’s my success.” — @feliciaday #heweb17
  41. “I’m able to play people like me because I found who I am and showed it to the world” – @feliciaday #heweb17
  42. Fan involvement (art, etc) was most rewarding part about The Guild’s success. @feliciaday — audience engagment FTW. #heweb17
  43. Day's experiences in fan communities taught her some other valuable lessons,
  44. Kicking jackasses out of my personal space was so fulfilling, like a popping a pimple. @feliciaday #HEWEB17
  45. .@feliciaday got the #1 channel on Twitch because it was founded on, fueled by kindness and community. #heweb17
  46. “Don’t please everybody, but please deep. And not in a porn way.” @feliciaday #heweb17
  47. Preach. “Why do we allow stuff to happen online that we wouldn’t allow in person?“ – @feliciaday #heweb17
  48. Our online lives are our lives, so don’t let harassment happen online. #HEweb17
  49. Preach!! “@facebook and @Twitter don’t protect their users. **They protect their advertising dollars.**” @feliciaday #heweb17 https://t.co/tzj4RwJOeJ

    Preach!! “@facebook and @Twitter don’t protect their users. **They protect their advertising dollars.**” @feliciaday #heweb17 pic.twitter.com/tzj4RwJOeJ
  50. Anxiety prevents us from being our full selves. It takes so much away from us. #HEWEB17 @feliciaday
  51. “Treat yourself like your own research project.” Super inspiring keynote with @feliciaday happening now at #HEWEB17!
  52. “Somewhere along the way, we learned that different is not good, to be shunned. Surround yourself by different.” @feliciaday #heweb17
  53. Use technology to be creative. There are no gate keepers. @feliciaday #HEWEB17
  54. Burnout is really devastating and @feliciaday wishes she had realized it and intervened before it spiraled out of control #preach #heweb17
  55. “I’m puzzled by ppl who find differences to be taking away from them.We are all richer by being exposed to difference” @feliciaday #HEWEB17
  56. We are all richer for being exposed to things that are different from us. #truth #heweb17
  57. “We should never be the same people we used to be… We should never be static.” @feliciaday #heweb17
  58. Feeling creatively burnt out? Take a creativity vacay by learning smthing new for fun, so your creative voice can find its way back #heweb17 https://t.co/2agBygyWWi

    Feeling creatively burnt out? Take a creativity vacay by learning smthing new for fun, so your creative voice can find its way back #heweb17 pic.twitter.com/2agBygyWWi
  59. “Regret is one of the most important things to let go of.” @feliciaday #heweb17
  60. It's safe to say she wowed the crowd.
  61. Listening to @feliciaday talk about how she created the inclusive community she wanted sounds a lot like @HighEdWeb#heweb17
  62. Felicia Day keynote is really amazing. #heweb17 was amazing. This conference is always… https://t.co/ywQkCWjCaa

    Felicia Day keynote is really amazing. #heweb17 was amazing. This conference is always…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BaHNBIMHBcj/ 
  63. Keynote speaker @feliciaday is so smart and so accomplished but it’s her humanity that stands out the most. #heweb17
  64. Everyone else is also low-key a mess abt this @feliciaday talk, yes? Esp. about not letting who you were restrict who you’ll be? #heweb17
  65. I love that @feliciaday turns to learning to get through periods of burnout… I love @TheGreatCourses for that. And museums. #heweb17
  66. I’ve thought it for a while, but today’s keynote confirms it… @feliciaday is my people. #heweb17
  67. This has been one of my favorite sessions I’ve seen. Thanks for being “one of us”. #geeksunite @feliciaday #heweb17
  68. “The dark side of the coin of being surrounded by Ultima fans is being surrounded by Nazis.” Avoid the #filterbubble. @feliciaday #heweb17