Don’t Give In

What does it mean to be “dissed?”

  • Disrespected
  • Discouragement
  • Disapproval
  • Disavowing.

I wrote this down the other day and I can’t remember where I got it from, so I’m sorry that I can’t credit the original author of this definition. (I know it’s not Seth Godin, because I looked it up.)

It can feel discouraging to be rejected by a college or a company after an audition, and possibly disrespectful or disapproving if they didn’t do it properly (example: “Thank you so much for your recent audition – ultimately, we decided to go with a NYC artist”).

“Disavowing” is defined as denying or repudiating something or someone. That’s really hurtful. I don’t think I’ve been “disavowed” by anyone – at least if I have, I don’t know about it, and it’s probably better that way.

If someone routinely disses you, cut that toxicity out of your life. There are enough people out there who will support you and appreciate you. Don’t waste time on people who don’t. Don’t give in to other people’s negativity – or your own, for that matter.


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Christine Thomas-O'Meally, a mezzo soprano and voice teacher currently based in the Baltimore-DC area, has performed everything from the motets of J.S. Bach to the melodies of Irving Berlin to the minimalism of Philip Glass. As an opera singer and actress, she has appeared with companies such as Charm City Players, Spotlighters Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Opera North, the Washington Savoyards, In Tandem Theatre, Windfall Theater, The Young Victorian Theater of Baltimore, and Skylight Opera Theatre. She created the role of The Woman in Red in Dominick Argento’s Dream of Valentino in its world premiere with the Washington Opera and Mary Pickersgill in O'er the Ramparts at its world premiere during the Bicentennial of Battle of Baltimore at the Community College of Baltimore County. Other roles include Mrs. Paroo in Music Man, Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, both Hansel and the Witch in Hansel & Gretel, and many roles in Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Her performance as the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha was honored with a WATCH award nomination. Ms. Thomas-O'Meally received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She regularly attends master classes and workshops in both performance and vocal pedagogy, and is certified in all three Levels of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. Her students have performed on national and international tours of Broadway productions, at prestigious conservatories, and in regional theater throughout the country.

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