This week, we sat down to chat with Maya Meadows, one of our remote voice captioners, for some insight into what life is like for her at VITAC! Let’s see what she had to say.
Q: What’s your role here at VITAC?
A: I am a voice captioner with VITAC.
Q: In a few words, what does that entail?
A: I happily serve as the liaison between television stations and the deaf and hard of hearing by captioning what I hear as it translates into written text.
Q: In general, what does your workday typically look like?
A: I wake up (Thank God), get both an 8 and 3 year old off to school, head downstairs to my office in my comfy pjs, and caption away (with a few breaks here and there) until it’s time for me to go and sit in the carpool line.
Q: What is the most engaging or your favorite part of your role? What makes you laugh, if anything?
A: I absolutely LOVE the flexibility this career offers!! Being able to work from home has done wonders for my road rage while having the privilege servicing the deaf and heard of hearing.
Q: What is the most challenging part of your role?
A: The constant challenge is continuing to perform at a high level, maintaining my accuracy, increasing my WPM and rating, and exceeding expectations all while simultaneously maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Q: What do you get up to when you’re not working?
A: When I’m not captioning, you can probably find me in the stands at the baseball field. I am an active baseball mom ( Go Bears) who also loves to stay fit, so chasing after our 3 year old during practice definitely helps with that. Our family is blended (I have a son from a previous marriage), and people always ask me how we “make it work”, so I recently started a blog at BlendedEverAfter.family in hopes of showing people what really matters the most… THE KIDS 😉
Q: What’s making you happy this week?
A: I survived!! I survived both of my children’s birthday parties with millions of kids (two weeks apart), it’s spring time already, I was able to successfully match all socks in a recent load of laundry (huge), and the 3 upcoming vacations I’ve been planning for a while are just on the horizon. Life is good.
Q: How long have you been in captioning?
A: After onboarding with 3 lovely ladies (we call ourselves the FAB 4) in October 2016, I went “live” in November, I have been captioning for 4 months total, and I haven’t looked back! This, without question, is one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Maya is from Atlanta, and has spent the past 4 months working remotely from Lawrenceville, Georgia, where she lives with her husband and 2 children, Dylan, 8 and Parker, 3. A sports fanatic, Maya speaks fluent football, cheered professionally for 5 years, and still believes in handwritten thank you notes. She is ecstatic about her new career here at VITAC.