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By Gio Lester ©2017 Disruptive. Disruption. It is the in thing to do, to be, to strive for. And that is at the core of a new project officially launched early this month – a virtual T&I conference with one foot in Brazil and the other, in the US. My partner in this project is the Brazilian translator Márcia Nabrzecki, and I operate things in the US. And just like every T&I professional, we love conferences! Getting together with our […]

Bringing a Disruptive Dream to Life


Table of advantages of national vs local professional associations
This article was written in collaboration with The Savvy Newcomer Team and published February, 2015. Full disclosure: I am one of the co-founders and currently the president of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Florida (ATIF), an ATA Chapter. I am also a teacher, a mother and a grandmother. I am starting to see a pattern… Joining a professional organization is an investment in one’s career and must be properly assessed. Take a look at the benefits package and the […]

Professional Associations: Go National or Stay Local?



What now?
This article was originally published by ATA’s The Savvy Newcomer, October, 2013. Let’s start from the premise that you already have some training, you know the language and culture you will be working with, and now what you need is some exposure, some clients. Where do you go from here? The answer is multi-tiered and demands determination. These are my recommendations to anyone about becoming a freelancer: 1. Identify your limitations – I can carry on a conversation in Spanish, […]

How do I get my first paying gig?