Freelance interpreters can go into their car naked and hungry and come out fed and clothed.
Don’t give criticism and expect critique.
You are absolutely right, they do not pay you enough for this.
It happens to everyone. When it happens to me gently put your arm around me and softly remind me not to explain Deaf culture to the Certified Deaf Interpreter.
A badge that says “ASL Interpreter” will get you past security in an uncomfortably vast number of places; use your power only for good.
Don’t get freaked out interpreting in a room full of interpreters:
Half are thinking “better you than me”; and,
the other half are just happy to be in public wearing a shirt with a pattern.
If your client is:
- In a hospital bed;
- In handcuffs; or,
- Crying at her desk
“how are you” is a stupid opener.