Tuesday, 31 December 2013

A review of 2012 and 2013 for Translator in London

Both 2012 and 2013 were years full of great events and experiences I would like to share in a short summary today. I have not been blogging since 2011, only because I have been engaged in a number of activities in relation to translation, interpreting and, of course, enjoying life!
In one of my lasts posts I attempted to predict what was going to happen to the translation industry during London 2012 and the Olympic Games. After my publication 'Translation for the Olympics in London 2012' I progressed through different stages to become a London Ambassador and be involved in one of London's historical and most memorable events. The experience of working as part of great team whose main interest was to help and provide information to visitors that were coming to the city and to represent London with pride is something I will treasure, as well as the opportunity of attending the rehearsal of the Open Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium and of meeting many of the Athletes of different countries that performed outstandingly during the 2012 Games. Receiving two personalised letters from the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and from the Mayor of London saying thanks for my role as a London Ambassador was one of the extra perks I would have never expected!
Actually in 2013 I even met Boris Johnson personally during a reception organized by the Mayor of London for entrepreneurs of Ealing. Translators are entrepreneurs on a daily basis, in charge of managing their accounts, marketing, communications and professional networks. It is encouraging to feel that the Mayor of London supports small business and allows us to grow in the industry we have a passion for.
At the beginnings of 2013, I also worked for the first time in live TV at 'This Morning' Show interpreting in a interview presented by Phillip Shoefield and Holly Willoughby to the Mexican Jesus Chuy Aceves, known as Wolf boy, due to his condition hypertrichosis, who was in the UK working for the Circus of Horrors. Being on ITV was nerve-wracking but extremely exciting. The people I met at the TV studios were wonderful and it was with interest that I listened to Jesus's story and had the privilege of  interpreting what he told the presenters about his life.
Later on, I also worked as an interpreter at the Education World Forum in London 2013 and listened to the speeches by various Ministers and even by Sir Bob Geldof. On that occasion I was escorting the Minister of Education of Puebla, Mexico who attended to be part of the debate on the future trends and practice in Education.
In 2013 many new clients approached me requesting Spanish and English translations of different texts, certified translations, translations of legal documents, translation of private personal letters, marketing brochures, etc. They are the motivation that pushes my business forward. Now it is a good moment to thank all of them for their business and for relying on Translator in London.
At the end of 2013, I raise my glass and toast with translators, interpreters, language professionals, students of translation and clients around the world wishing you all a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2014! Cheers!

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