We had the good fortune of connecting with Todd Rice and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Todd, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
It began while I had another job. I started performing for charitable groups and it got bigger and more successful. When the time came to move on, I could have worked towards a different goal or to see what would happen if I tried to make my company working for charities could start working for major companies.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I always had my life split between the business and creative worlds. I simply took the lessons from one and would apply it to the other. I took those worlds and combined them into the creation of THEY improv. I bring the artistic sense of performers and bring them to help Fortune 500 companies to achieve the success they desire. A fundamental rule in improvisation, my art form, is the concept that it is never about yourself. It is about what the other person is saying. I have transformed that into considering not what we need as a company, but to put the needs of our clients first. It is always about what THEY need.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
South Florida is more than a city, it is several cities. Each has its own personality and traits. One of my favorite parts of the area is the international flavor of the people, and the food. Part of any visit is to eat a different style of cuisine every day. One day can be Cuban food at Padrinos in Hallandale, the next can be Peruvian in North Miami. The Knife is great Argentine steak, Brazilian restaurants abound. There are even several Asian restaurants from Thai, Chinese, Teppon, Sushi, etc. There’s also the Caribbean staples on conch in the upper keys and Italian food at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Boca. As for sights, there’s the yachts of Fort Lauderdale, the Versace Mansion, Coral Gables, and so much more. For nightlife, though I’m not a big club goer, there’s always South Beach and Lincoln Road.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I trained with some of the best people in my industry,, many of whom are no longer with us. I’d like to send a Shoutout to Del Close, Jay Leggett, Martin DeMaat, and Don DePollo. They all worked with The Second City in Chicago, IO, and several other places.