Go for the gold, always! But realize that sometimes even your best effort gets you a silver or a bronze; and accept that there will be days when, if you are lucky, your work earns a medal ranking somewhere between chewing gum foil and dental amalgam.
Monochromatic is the new black.
There is a thin line between fame and infamy, however, if by the end of an appointment you have achieved either, you’re doing it wrong.
When voicing for a Deaf performer remember: 90% of the audience is Deaf, 9% are interpreters, interpreting students, or hearing spouses and parents who sign and won’t really need your services, almost the entire remaining 1% are ASL students or parents who kinda sign-all thrilled to see ASL and hear any interpretation. Your actual audience are the handful of Sign-Impaired dragged here by their ASL/interpreting student dates, and they just want this over so they can get to dinner or the making-out part of the evening.
No sweaty palms needed.
One interpreting error does not become thirteen mistakes just because thirteen different interpreters in the audience choose to tell you that you screwed something up.
Always be willing to volunteer, but NEVER be the ONLY volunteer in the room.
(If they get paid, you get paid)
A person who complains loudly that certification is “just a way to keep ME out of the profession” is absolutely right.