This is an ASL version of my announcement of becoming a Cuddlist-certified professional cuddler. For now, I am not adding voiceover or captions because it is aimed at users of ASL, especially those in the Deaf community who may have known me for many years and may be wondering about my latest blog announcement.
Just saw — not heard, but saw — this TV commercial featuring a Deaf Amazon logistics associate. There’s no interpretation or voiceover, just his signing and captions. There is some background warehouse noise, but the relative silence focuses attention on this man who communicates without sound. I was really touched to see American Sign Language used by a Deaf person in a commercial featured during primetime national television. As an ASL/English interpreter, I have interpreted for Amazon many times, so it was even more exciting and surreal to see this representation of people I’ve had the honor to work for.
I woke up with this song in my head, so I Googled it and found this video. I’m so glad I did. I didn’t know the singer was related to Peter Capaldi, and I thought it was really sweet that his cousin acted in his video. It’s a very moving story and you have to watch it till the end to fully appreciate it— but I won’t tell you what it is, because you know, “Spoilers.”
I was hired to record a voice narration of this video that was originally recorded in American Sign Language. I was given an English translation and, after watching the video, I made a few minor adjustments to the English with the producer’s permission. The main challenge was to figure out exactly where I needed to speak faster or slower to keep up with the signing. This was a good experience in translation and voiceover work!
Thank you, Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) and Arizona Freelance Interpreting Services (AZFLIS) for this opportunity. Thank you, also, Jimmy Wilson IV. I hope I did you justice.