This series of posts was inspired by Lifehacker’s How I Work series, which I’ve been reading for quite some time and thoroughly enjoy. It’s about time we discover how our colleagues work and get to know them a little better.
If you want to participate in this fun series, send us an email at email@example.com so we can send you the Word template where you can fill in your answers and your bio (incl. your site/blog/social media links) and then send it back to us as an attachment along with your photo (optional but preferred). If you don’t like any of the questions, just delete them and add your own. You can read the previous interviews here.
Location: Crete, Greece
Desired location: NY, USA
Current work title: Freelance translator with a part-time job
Desired work title: Freelance translator. (Period)
Languages you have studied or currently speak: Greek (mother tongue), English, German and Swedish
The project you’re most proud of: Translation of a Swedish website into Greek
Your current computer setup: PC, two laptops
Do you own a smartphone? Yes! An iPhone
Favorite time of the day: The minute I deliver a project to a client!
Favorite gadget (apart from computer & smartphone): Coffee machine! It keeps me focused!
Next conference/event you’re planning to attend: I have not decided yet.
How many hours per day do you usually work: Usually 10-12 hours. More, if needed.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? An introvert I would say..
Are you an early-riser or a night-owl? Oh, a night-owl for sure! Always admired the early-risers..
What do you listen to while you work? There is always some kind of a movie playing in the background… yes, I listen to the dialogues, not actually watching.. strange, I know!
And a few non-work related questions to get more personal 🙂
Your babies or pets, incl. names and ages: Daisy, small body dog of unidentified breed, I found her in a street, yes she was a stray and a tramp! She is 2!
Hobbies: After almost 28 years, I decided to start ballet classes again! I am hooked! Not dreaming to become a prima ballerina though, unless I dance to Swan Lake Gone Old!
Next city/country you want to visit: Barbados
Favorite vacation place: Symi, Greece
Favorite book: The Witches of Smyrna (Οι μάγισσες της Σμύρνης), by Mara Meimaridi
Favorite song: Have a nice day, Jon Bon Jovi
What are you currently reading? A Storm of Swords, 2: Blood and Gold, by George R.R. Martin
Konstantina Drakou is an English/German/Swedish into Greek translator. Educated in the UK (BA Double Hons in German and Swedish, MA in Translation Studies), Konstantina mainly translates IT related (localization, websites), technical and hotel marketing texts. You can visit her website www.wordyrama.com, follow her on Facebook or Twitter.