Due to my severe hearing loss, internet captioning provided me with complete and comfortable access to a teleconference in a seamless manner.
|My Journey As A Cart Captioner|
I became interested in captioning when I discovered the little CC button on my TV remote and started seeing the words dancing across my television screen. I was more interested in the words than the television program itself. I immediately connected with a few seasoned captioners and decided to purchase captioning software, start building my captioning dictionary and enter the captioning field. BUT... the captioning software sat in a drawer in my office for close to a year.
I had just begun to provide onsite classroom CART when tragedy hit our country, 9/11. Experienced onsite CART captioners were pulled away from their everyday assignments to provide round-the-clock emergency captioning for television news coverage. This unfortunate emergency allowed me to hone my skills as a CART Captioner as I provided more hours of onsite classroom CART.
I was very comfortable in my role when one day a call came from a captioning company stating their captioner broke her hand and would be off work for three months. Could I please caption an hour and a half show each day until she could return? My heart began to race as I explained to the caller that I had zero captioning experience and I didn't think I was ready. BUT . . . remember that captioning software I purchased a year ago? It was still sitting in the drawer in my office. The company pled with me to take the job for three months and again told me I could quit when she returned. She never did return. I captioned their local news for one and a half years.
I will always be grateful to a captioning colleague, Chris Hime, for her support in helping me through the first month. During the transition I thought to myself, what am I doing here? But Chris assured me that I would eventually become comfortable with captioning, and I did. This opened up opportunities to work with other captioning companies, which I thoroughly enjoyed. So you’d think I would be happy being comfortable?!
Then Chris told me she was working with Jeanette Christian and she asked if she could pass my name to her. I thought, why not? I had no idea that Jeanette would drag me into the 21st Century with all her technology.
I was so comfortable using the older modems and outdated technology but now Jeanette is talking about Skype, GoogleTalk, Google Hangout, Blackboard, Adobe, WebEx -- and now what’s this 1CapApp? What’s this voiceover IP stuff, bridges and platforms? What is remote CART?
What!?!?! You want me to remote CART for a medical student? Hum, maybe that would be all right since 95% of my depos were medical malpractice. What!?!?! Now Jeanette wants me to CART for professionals during their teleconference meetings and maybe voice for them, too -- and in Europe, Asia? Wow!! I really like where this is going.
I was often afraid whenever Jeanette would force me out of my comfort zone, but she is patient and has a great support system in place that I actually find myself saying, "I CAN DO THIS!" And, plus, the awesome 1CapApp platform Jeanette is a co-founder of is truly magic. I am excited every day when I sign into the platform.
So I say THANK YOU, Jeanette Christian, for your faith in my ability to grow in this profession and for your patience in teaching an old dog new tricks!