Your Team is there for you. Whether sitting right next to you or VRI teaming from opposite ends of the country, your team is there for you.
If I ever start to complain about being too busy and having to run from appointment to appointment, I remind myself that the alternative is bored and broke.
Aunt SuperTam, who doesn’t sign, offers this advice…
How hard could it be?
Here, let me help. It just goes:
Marley in Chains
Redemption with a big turkey
God bless us everyone!
There. That should do it.
They can Venmo me the payment.
If the night shift at the Emergency Room knows you by name you are either a hypochondriac, a drug addict or an interpreter.
A mash-up of real conversations with directors, artistic directors, casting directors and stage managers of theaters and production companies both large and small:
Theatre/Production Company: We have an interesting issue and we’d like your advice.
Uncle Dale: Ok.
T/PC: We just had auditions for [Insert the name of a production, famous or new] and a girl who is hearing-impaired auditioned.
T/PC: Excuse me?
UD: Deaf, not hearing-impaired. You can say Deaf. You should say Deaf. It’s alright, she knows she’s Deaf.
T/PC: Riiight. But I’m trying to be, you know, culturally sensitive.
UD: Then say Deaf.
T/PC: That doesn’t feel comfortable to me.
UD: Do you say Negro?
UD: Then say Deaf.
T/PC: What? Really?
UD: Yes. Go on to the issue.
T/PC: Well this, um, Deaf? Heh. DEAF girl was, fantastic! Her audition was transformative!
UD: Ok. Waiting for the “issue.”
T/PC: We are not sure what to do.
UD: Cast her?
T/PC: But the character is not written as Deaf. We are not sure how to square casting her with the fact that the script and original story don’t say she is Deaf.
UD: Is there any thing that says she is not Deaf?
UD: Issue resolved. Glad I could help.
(Gave info on finding a good Deaf consultant)
Things interpreters may think but probably should not say (an on-going series):
This hospital is like the world’s worst hotel.
The patient’s job is to sleep and get better.
But the nurse’s job is to wake the patient up every hour!
When students tell me they are frustrated and thinking about giving up on interpreting I always say:
Frustration is the doorway to enlightenment.
Frustration is your brain’s way of telling you it’s bored with what it can do and wants to try something it can’t do yet!