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Seven Questions: Brandy Igwe

This is the second spotlight in a series called "Seven Questions." In it, we interview TypeWell transcribers and coordinators — each with the same seven questions. We thought it would be a great way to get to know one another in the TypeWell community. 

This time, we spotlight Brandy Igwe, a TypeWell transcriber since 2007. Brandy lives in North Pole, Alaska where she works as an independent contractor with Quality Transcription Specialists, Strada, and with individuals in her community. She is also an employee at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Anchorage.  

1.  If you had to describe your job to someone with no knowledge of TypeWell in 30 seconds or less, what would you say? 

English is my native language. I speak Igbo, a Nigerian tribal language, my husband's language, though I must add that my own rendition of Igbo is a source of great humor for our family.

TypeWell is an innovative abbreviation software system turning speech-to-text. TypeWell is assistive technology for those who are hard of hearing, have physical and visual impairments, or learning difficulties. You will find me transcribing in classrooms or meetings on a laptop that is linked to another viewing device displaying the transcript in real-time. 

2.  What did you study in college, or what were your favorite subjects in school? 

I had many favorite subjects in school, particularly biology, psychology, sociology, painting, drawing, and pottery, music, archaeology, and history. 

Brandy at work
Brandy Igwe at work

3.  What do you believe are the most important skills or traits for a TypeWell transcriber to have? 

I believe some of the most important skills or traits a TypeWell transcriber can have are to be an effective listener, enjoy helping others, be flexible and adaptable, have interpersonal skills, be a problem-solver, and it certainly helps to have a desire to learn new things. 

4.  How many languages do you speak and what are they? 

English is my native language. I speak Igbo, a Nigerian tribal language, my husband's language, though I must add that my own rendition of Igbo is a source of great humor for our family. 

5.  If you could change anything about your work, what would it be? 

I am friendly and love people but by nature I am shy and it has taken a great deal of effort for me to crawl out of that comfort shell.

If I could change anything about my work, I would continue to evolve and not remain stagnant. I would like to continue to advance my skills, branch into other skill areas of TypeWell, and ultimately use my experiences to help others. 

6.  What is one misconception people have about you? 

One misconception people have about me is that I'm outgoing. I am friendly and love people but by nature I am shy and it has taken a great deal of effort for me to crawl out of that comfort shell. 

7.  What's the weirdest thing we might find on your desk or in your roller bag? 

The only thing "weird" about my roller bag is what it does not have. My bag is my emergency container of jewelry and hair clips, hand lotions and lip balms, tissues, makeup, gloves, a scarf, a sewing kit, cough drops for the tickle that won't go away, assorted nuts and cheese, and of course breath mints.

Thank you, Brandy!

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edited by Dani Zeghbib

Dani enjoys planting trees with the nonprofit Friends of Trees, installing sinks, dogs, baked goods, cats, woodworking, reading books about installing sinks, Oxford commas, and sunshine (when available). She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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