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Daily Inspiration: Meet Lucrecia Rodriguez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucrecia Rodriguez.

Hi Lucrecia, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I emigrated from Buenos Aires in 1998 without being able to speak a word of English. Fast forward to 2013 when I moved to Wahiawa, Hawaii.

At that time I held my EMT/paramedic license, so I was able to work at the local ER as a technician. I began working with a company doing interpreting part time for some extra income. About eight months later I was injured, and switched over to interpreting/translating full time. I like working as an independent contractor, because I get to be my own boss and make my own schedule. I’ve never been the 9-5 type. 

A bad relationship kind of forced me to start over and push harder toward my goals. After a while I started to do translations. Translating is different from interpreting in that it’s word for word, not just conveying the idea or general point of the Spanish speaking client

I’m currently translating a soon to be released inspirational book about second chances. In addition I teach Spanish classes, but I focus more on language coaching for actors. And the list goes, on because this is not my only business.

I also manage my careers as a model/actress and personal trainer/fitness coach. I learned at an early age that it’s important to do what you like and not settle for one path! 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Oh no, it has not. But I wouldn’t change a thing!

Life took a lot of turns especially during the pandemic, but I was able to make things happen. Having a great partner has made it much easier to deal with everything.

Having constantly looking for different resources to branch out and find different jobs and gigs.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Well, as I mentioned before, one of them is as a Spanish interpreter. I’m contracting with eight different companies, so my daily job is never the same! With my job, there is a lot of different situations. It could be a serious CPS case, mental health therapy or just a traffic violation. It can be difficult to deal with abused children and people with mental health issues, especially with cultural differences, but I always do my job with integrity and compassion.

It’s a job that’s misunderstood because people think that just being bilingual means you can be an interpreter. It’s taken me these eight years to get to this point. I’m able to help my community, understand their needs and make sure their voices are heard and understood.

What do you think brings about happiness?
Helping others mostly. To see the smile on their faces when I am able to meet their needs. I relish helping others to accomplish their goals and push them past what they think is their limit (my fitness business). I love acting because I get to play a wide range of characters and bring my own flair to each one. I get to wear all kinds of clothing and costumes from different time periods. It’s like when I played dress-up as a little girl!

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Image Credits:
Camilo Linares at Èzo Studios (@ezo.studios)

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