I have written twice about blooming where you’re planted. Both times in the summer of 2017, a month apart.
The truth is that I forgot I wrote the first one when I wrote the second. But that’s okay, because the first one was the seed, so to speak, and the second was its germination. (At least that’s what I’m telling myself)
You need to feed and water plants in order for them to not only live, but to thrive. Otherwise, they will wither, and wilt, and die.
In your career, whether it’s in the arts or not, it is not enough to learn your skills while you are training, because things change.
Ideas about technique change.
Ways to market yourself change (BOY, do they ever).
Styles evolve (and repeat, but never quite the same).
Feed your craft. Fertilize it, transplant or re-pot it if need be, water it, shine a light upon it, and allow it to bloom and grow.
Choose how you want your career to go. What do you need? Where can you get it? What will it take? What excuses are you making to avoiding doing what you need to do?
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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