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, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Word template where you can fill in your answers & bio (incl. site/blog/social media) 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. Check out the previous interviews here.
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Desired location: I only got here half a year ago and really like it.
Current work title: Translator, localiser, transcreator, owner of Double Dot Translations and coffee expert (read: self-confessed coffee addict).
Desired work title: I wouldn’t want to change anything about the one I have.
Languages you have studied or currently speak: I speak German, English and Spanish fluently, and I’m lucky to get to speak all of these every day. My French has become a little rusty in the last few years, since I hardly ever get to use it. Oh, and I studied Latin for a couple of years.
The project you’re most proud of: My own little business, Double Dot Translations.
Your current computer setup: I work on an iMac when I’m at home and on a MacBook when I’m travelling.
Do you own a smartphone? Yes, I have an iPhone.
Favorite time of the day: I really like the first few hours of my working day, as that’s when I’m most productive, and the last few hours, because that’s when I’m most creative.
Favorite gadget (apart from computer & smartphone): My Holga camera. Photography is one of my favourite ways to disconnect.
Next conference/event you’re planning to attend: I haven’t decided yet. Watch this space.
How many hours per day do you usually work: I try to keep my working hours below nine but it can be up to 12 when deadlines are tight.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? An extroverted introvert.
Are you an early-riser or a night-owl? A night-owl who gets up at 5 a.m. every day.
What do you listen to while you work? The birds outside. I can’t concentrate when listening to music.
And a few non-work related questions to get personal.
Next city/country you want to visit: The list is endless. Apart from exploring Colombia, I’m also keen to visit Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo and Mexico. They’re at the top of my list at the moment.
Favorite vacation place: There are too many beautiful places to pick only one.
Favorite book: I’ve been a bookworm ever since I was able to read, so it’s impossible to choose just the one. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse and For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway are among my all-time favourites.
Favorite song: I couldn’t even pick a favourite genre!
What are you currently reading? One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel García Márquez in Spanish, Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy in English, and a book on web writing in German.
Jessica Lucio is an English and Spanish to German translator, localiser and transcreator, who specialises in advertising and marketing, websites and social media, and market research. She holds an MA in Bilingual Translation from the University of Westminster in London, a BA in Translation from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, and has a background in copywriting and sales. You can connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter (@DoubleDotTrans), and contact her via her website www.doubledottranslations.com.