Inspired by Catherine whose interview with Chris Durban was not only featured in The ATA Chronicle, but also in a number of blogs and webinars, I started toying with the idea of interviewing an experienced professional in the industry myself. I knew that it would be a great learning opportunity in terms of the industry (which is still somewhat new to me), creating relationships with potential mentors, overcoming some of my own nervousness…and hey, in the process I might even get my name out.
I felt as though everywhere I turned, people were tweeting or talking about Catherine’s interview. Even as I was sitting in my interpreting class in NYU watching Chris Durban’s webinar, this article was mentioned. I was inspired and decided to attempt an interview of my own. Why not try? Why not shoot for the stars, right?
So after the AAIT conference, I took my courage in both hands, and asked Marcela Jenney, one of the presenters, if I could interview her. I was honored when she agreed! She spoke about “Becoming a ‘Price-Maker’ By Leveraging Social Media” which was the starting point for my interview. We met for lunch. I had my digital voice recorder and a print-out of the questions that I had scrupulously prepared.
We had a very pleasant lunch. It did not even feel as though we were doing an interview. After typing everything out, editing like crazy and proof reading obsessively, I finally hit the “send” button and submitted it to the ATA. One would have surely thought that I was about to set off a bomb or something. It seemed like months before I heard the good news, which still seems somewhat unreal, but I am very proud to announce that my interview entitled “Interview with Marcela Jenney, Translators and Branding 2.0” will be published in the February issue of The ATA Chronicle!
I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed working on it!