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.
Watch what you say and to whom. Because EVERY member of the Deaf community was, at one time or another, married to EVERY OTHER member of the Deaf community.
If, while interpreting from ASL to Spoken English, you say the same word three times in a row, you are doing it wrong.
(We were driving driving driving
Jumping jumping jumping
Waiting waiting waiting
Working working working
Laughing laughing laughing…)
If you can honestly say “I miss my old wrist-brace it was more comfortable,” it’s time to take a break from interpreting.
Next time you are standing on a chair at three a.m. so your client, currently in a neck brace, can lie flat, eyes toward the ceiling, and still see you interpreting with only one hand while the other is occupied holding one half of an improvised lighting array made from the smart phone in your hand and an otoscope in the nurses’ hand that she keeps shining in your eyes because she is trying to help the the doctor while he continually asks the client questions with the lights dimmed to facilitate the ultra-sound… Remember one thing:
Accountants almost never get to do this.