Get to know our interpreters that you always see behind the screen.

TRANSCRIPT

Woman: Let me keep a straight face. "I'm Interpreter number 47262."

Woman: Ready.

Woman: (laughing) Okay.

Woman: I've been in this field for about 35 years.

Man: About 6 years.

Man: 35 years.

Woman: I had no VRS experience, none.

Woman: Some freelance. I enjoyed this and knew what to expect, but when I entered the VRS industry, everything was new to me.

Man: The experiences were, wow. Did it impact me as an interpreter? Did I have moments where I lost it? Of course. Of course.

Woman: Because you never know.

Woman: It's like, next! Suddenly, a new face appears that you've never met before.

Man: You're freaking out about whether you'll do good enough in a situation.

Woman: Interpreting the best you can, even under stress.

Woman: When it's done, you're just like, "I need to breathe."

Woman: It's a mental crash.

Woman: Your mind just collapses.

Woman: I thought, "Oh, I'm CODA. I know everything already." The truth is, I didn't know half of it.

Woman: Taking a deep breath and often, you'll hear other interpreters shout, "You did a good job!"

Woman: You did good!

Woman: Without even asking.

Woman: It really touched me. In my many years of interpreting experience, I've never had anyone say, "I'll be there for you."

Man: I really feel like, it's helped me become a new person.

Woman: I feel like I'm getting the support I need and the challenges I need for growth.

Woman: I'm very, well, at first I'm a very shy person when meeting new people. But when I'm being myself, I can be very goofy.

Woman: Hopping along energetically.

Woman: I'm soft-hearted.

Woman: I feel very safe. I can talk to anyone. I can be myself. I can be comfortable.

Woman: It's probably the safest place I know.

Woman: It's really open. I can open up and communicate how I feel about any situation.

Man: In here, every door is open.

Woman: I was shocked that they actually valued my opinions and my suggestions. I was like, "Wow."

Man: It's all about opportunities and growth.

Woman: It's hard to describe how I feel it's different. It just is different. We're like a family here.

Man: Another family for me.

Man: I've already paid my dues in the freelance world. Now I can enjoy my work.

Woman: Deaf-friendly and Deaf-centric. I can just talk with anybody.

Woman: A part of the Deaf community while I'm working.

Man: We have a strong motto here, "Be you." It doesn't just apply to our callers; it applies to us internally with our Deaf staff and hearing interpreters.

Man: When I first joined, I was worried that because I wasn't CODA, I might not be accepted. But everyone was so warm and accepting.

Man: Through my journey, that was the moment of fact for me. That was it, "Be you." I got it.

Woman: I appreciate a place to work where I can simply be.

Woman: Opening up who I am inside and greeting everyone, "Hi, this is me!"

Woman: We can be loud, crazy people together.

Woman: Work, grow, sweat together.

Woman: I can bawl them out, laugh and then cry with them, too. That's my family.

Man: I feel at home. Finally.

Woman: One word that really captures Convo would be… community.

Woman: Community.

Man: Community.

Woman: Community.

Woman: Community.

Man: Deaf-owned.

Several people sign "Family" in a quick montage.

Two people sign "Love" in a quick montage.

Woman: Pride.

Woman: Comfort.

Woman: Healthy.

Woman: Understand.

Woman: Friendly.

Man: Human.

Woman: Team. Dream team. Uh-oh, that's two words.

A montage of interpreters smiling and laughing at camera with top and bottom white panels closing in on their faces, ending with an interpreter's eyes.

White background with "convo" in green.