I'm in charge of quality control, that means I correct already subtitled works for any misheard subtitles, typos or mistakes in protocol. So basically, like movie critics, I actually get paid to watch movies. Not only movies though but also TV series, DVD/Blu-Ray featurettes and occasionally even business/corporate/instructional videos. We receive projects from UK and U.S. so most of my work is in English. We seldom get the big, big latest tent pole blockbusters though. We do get a lot of older movies though so I get to either rewatch old favorites or catch up on some classics, obscure and otherwise, that I may have missed.
Add to that the fact that I have relatively flexible work hours (I can theoretically go to work any time I want to provided I complete an 8 hour a day work week), the office is but a short commute from my work, and there are days where I have enough free time to blog and write side projects and dream passion projects (like screenplays, novels, etc.), it's a sweet deal. Plus I get weekends and holidays off.
There are drawbacks though. The salary though perfectly fine for where I am in my life right now could be higher. Though there are days where I have next to nothing to do, there are also days where I could get stuck doing overtime until 1 or 2 in the morning! The worst projects are audio commentaries. Yes, they need English language templates for audio commentaries too. They can be a bitch because we usually have to start from scratch from them and they can be a bitch to do especially if it's a multiple speaker type where talking is almost non-stop for 90 minutes to two hours. Another thing that pisses me off is having to do audio commentaries for films I wanted to see but haven't yet. Having to do the audio commentary spoils the movie for me way too much. For instance I had to the Attack the Block commentary and that hasn't been released in my country (yet). I tried to minimize the damage by watching the movie out of order (since the subtitles is broken up into files) and trying to avoid watching the movie itself as much as possible.
This was fun. I have an idea. To all those who have read this blogpost and follow my blog, post ONE question for me on the comments. Any question at all. I shall answer as truthfully as I can. The deadline is the moment I post the NEXT blog entry.