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Seven Questions: Christy Joy Hack

Our Seven Questions series continues, in which we interview transcribers and coordinators who are part of the TypeWell community.

This month we visit with Christy Joy Hack. Christy lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and two sons. She works from home as an independently-contracted TypeWell transcriber for Intellitext (where she also provides administrative support) and Alternative Communication Services (ACS).

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

I actually studied stenography. I enjoyed the medical terminology course that was part of the program that dealt with spelling and etymology of common medical terms.

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

Beyond the obvious, I think the best transcribers I've ever worked with have been people with great senses of humor who were able to roll with the punches and adapt to strange situations.

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

As a remote transcriber, the biggest thing missing is my ability to SEE! Incorporating the use of a webcam to let me see the instructor and classroom would be so amazing.

What is one misconception people have about you?  

People think that because I'm a mom, that's what defines me. 

I didn't have kids until I was 30, so I had a long time to understand who I was and to never let one aspect of my life define my whole being.

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

Baby wipes everywhere. I have opened packages of baby wipes on literally every surface of my home, every compartment in my car, and in every bag.

How many languages do you speak and what are they?  

English and sarcasm. Fluent in both.

Who inspires you, and why?  

My father-in-law. He is the most fervent man I've ever met, both in terms of work ethic and personal convictions. His endless commitment to his family (and his standard poodle, Koko) is inspiring.

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Edited by Betty Barnes

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