Meet Our Transcript Editors
In a recent survey to our thousands of editors, we learned more about why our contractors love working for 3Play Media and how this job fits into their lives.
At 3Play Media, we use a three-step captioning and transcription process that leverages technology and human editing to provide a uniquely high-quality, cost-effective captioning solution. All of our editors are US-based and go through a rigorous certification process before ever touching a file.
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Daniel T., Indiana
“I have an organic urban farm that supplies restaurants and area farmer’s markets. Sometimes I am incredibly busy and sometimes I am not. Even a regular part-time job absolutely wouldn’t work because it wouldn’t be flexible enough for what I do. 3Play is perfect because I am able to work when I can, and cut back when I can’t. Plus it adds a very nice supplemental income during my off-season when the farm work is bringing in less!”
Calais T., Colorado
“I’m trying to be a zookeeper or work at an AZA accredited zoo. It’s a very competitive field and the only way to really get into it is to have experience. The only way to have experience is to get work, but the only work I can get with the little experience I have right now is unpaid internships (or a job I just received where I will working only one day every week). This is why I’m very grateful for 3Play. I know that I can work it into any schedule I may have and that if I work hard enough, I can gain the experience I need without worrying all that much about bills. In many ways, it makes me feel like I have an edge over people who want these internships, but just can’t do them because of the no pay. 3Play also gives me the freedom to move around the country if I need, which may be required in my future in order to get even more experience as a zookeeper.”
Bayley M., Colorado
“I started my own business (social media management) earlier this year and needed stable money as I tried to build up a client base. I edit for 3Play when I’m not doing work for clients. It’s so flexible, it fits perfectly into my life and is an excellent supplement to my income.”
Beau S., New York
“I’m a fairly nomadic sort. I’m 25 and enjoy moving from place to place. Currently, I’m in New York City doing my master’s in English at Columbia and this has really given me the flexibility that I need in juggling various responsibilities. Furthermore, it fits my interests. I love getting to be a fly on the wall in places where I’d never ever be in real life. I’m curious about a lot of things and appreciate learning on the job!”
Nicole W., Maryland
“I’m so happy to have found 3Play. I love not knowing what topics I might have the opportunity learn/type about each day. I also really enjoy the research aspect. If a speaker says a name or a term that I’m not familiar with, it’s exciting to do a quick search and find just what they’re referring to. Each time I press Finish Job, I think about how I want the client to see the finished product and cheerfully think, “Wow, the person who transcribed this must have experience in my field!” I love being able to work pretty much any time there’s work available or in my queue, whether it’s day, evening, or weekend. I loved my job as a media producer. When my dog developed separation anxiety, the office I worked in was subject to a variety of environmental insults that were affecting my health, and I realized that with the extra hours I was putting in nights and weekends I had little time for anything else, I made the difficult decision to say goodbye to my role there. I love that I’m now able to help my dog conquer her separation anxiety, work from home or in any other healthy environment I may find myself in, and see a direct correlation between the amount that I’m working and how much I’m being compensated. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enjoy this lifestyle!”
Bridget W., Arizona
“I am a single mother currently supporting 3 children. They are not very young any more, but they do eat a lot, so I have two hourly jobs. I work full-time at a call center delivering roadside assistance, and part-time at a ballet school and company as an administrative assistant, lobby manager, and jack-of-all-trades. Unfortunately, these jobs just barely pay the bills and keep my family fed. In addition, I find the work is often repetitive and not very intellectually stimulating. I have a masters degree in Japanese literature, but found teaching provided neither the pay nor the schedule to be with my family when they need me. I have only just started at 3Play Media, but I have found that being able to come home and sit down with a video to edit is actually very relaxing, and provides an intellectual outlet that I enjoy. It’s like doing crossword puzzles, but getting paid for it. And I can work it around spending time with my kids, fixing meals, and (occasional) sleep. Plus, I am really excited that I will have more money for Christmas presents this year.”
Niki B., Minnesota
“I am a single mother to a beautiful 16 month old boy. 3Play allows me to earn extra income above and beyond my salary so I can afford the best things for my son and can afford to send him to the best childcare center.”
Jim F., New York
“I’m 63 years old. I’m an attorney, and an Emmy Award-winning writer and Writers Guild of America nominee. I copywrite, on a freelance basis. As instrumental as writing has been in and to my life, I’m equally committed to learning about writing, and getting better at it — a reward in itself for me; there’s still so much to learn — and the gracious and generous folks at 3Play assist virtually every day in making that goal a reality.
As mentioned above, I enjoy the independence working with 3Play provides, and the interaction I have with the entire 3Play staff and management.
For the past 30 or so years, I’ve worked for myself and consequently have had to rely pretty much on my own discipline, my own talent (however much of that there is), my intuition, and my own imagination. 3Play fosters that. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Magan H., Illinois
“If I had the ability to do anything in the world, it would just be to go to school for the rest of my life and learn new things and never work. This is a close as I can get to that. Every day is different, but I always learn something. Sometimes I learn about things I have an intense interest in, sometimes it’s something I didn’t even know existed. But everyday I feel smarter.”
Zeudi V., Georgia
“3Play is a good fit for me because I own my own photography business, am a full time wife and mother of a 14yo, 2.5yo, and 3 month old and part time caregiver for my elderly father. So, needless to say, my schedule is full. However, when I have a free moment [and am not asleep ;-)], I can log onto the site and if jobs are available I am able to make money. This has been very helpful if I get an unexpected bill or expense or during the down season for my business.”
Diane B., Arizona
“I’m a weaver who raises Cotswold sheep. I live 35 minutes from town. I love reading and learning. 3Play allows me to work at home doing something I enjoy–editing–while avoiding the time and expense of driving into town. The flexibility of working with 3Play makes it easy for me to attend craft shows, guild meetings, and the occasional class. If I need to spend several hours in sheep-related pursuits, I can schedule my editing work around them.”
Alicia K., DC
“3Play is really an incredible employer. This job has allowed me a modicum of stability while I’ve pursued some risky ventures, from participating in a Reality TV show (Find My First Love) to launching a (failed, oops!) lingerie company to now writing a book on Frenchmen (all of my exes are French, so I decided I might as well write about them? :) It’s been really nice to have the flexibility/freedom to lighten my schedule while I write this summer, knowing that I can pick back up again after I’ve submitted to agents and editors this fall. The ability to make my own schedule has been a lifesaver. (It’s also a great antidote to writer’s block. Whenever I’m feeling stressed and unproductive writing-wise, getting some transcription work done makes me feel better!)”
Jeremy J., Hawaii
“I have enjoyed working for 3Play since day one. A few months after I began, I quit my full-time job. Then I packed up everything I had and moved to Hawaii! I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to be able to move around as freely as I choose.
I plan on moving again soon to parts unknown. I am very thankful that no matter where I go, I always have work as long as there is internet access. It has transformed me into a digital nomad, which was a dream of mine I had never realized was possible before this.”
Eve G., Virginia
“I split my time between home and a 40 foot sailboat on the Rappahannock River. I can take my job with me wherever I go, and fit a little work in to the relaxation. I love this job!”
Allison B., Oregon
“I’m a mom. I love that I can be home with her when she’s out of school. Also, I worked in an office situation recently where I felt like a caged animal. So I like being my own boss and working in my pajamas.”
Maria T., Tennessee
“3Play is a perfect fit for me because I love English, grammar, editing, am extremely detail-oriented, and was looking for work I could do from home. While I was extremely thankful to be hired, I had no idea that I would enjoy the work as much as I do. I wish that I could do this work full-time! That’s how much I love what I do for 3Play! In fact, the work really doesn’t feel like “work” at all; rather, it feels more like I’m just having fun and getting paid at the same time. Because you have such a diverse group of clients, the editing work usually has one if not all of the following characteristics — interesting, informative, entertaining, and fun. And I love that! I’m actually prayerful and hopeful that, at some point, 3Play can be my sole provider of income. That would be like a dream-come-true since I don’t enjoy my day job nearly as much as I enjoy being a 3Play editor.”
Mirissa S., Oregon
“I graduated with an English degree and wanted to work with words (specializing in editing, mostly), but also wanted the convenience of a part-time, flexible-hours job while my husband’s internship schedule is so wonky. This job fits in perfectly with our lives because it allows us to travel whenever we need or want to while still picking up jobs here and there. I don’t have to ask for time off when I want to spend a day with my family, but can work whenever I just have a half hour to spare. The flexibility absolutely cannot be beat.”
“I love the notion that I can get paid while giving back to the general society. Transcribing those [holocaust] files, in particular, felt important. At points, even the interviewers weren’t really listening, really hearing what those survivors were trying to tell them. I don’t think most people, until they’ve done work like this, really do listen to what people are actually saying. We hear only what we expect to hear. Capturing what people are actually saying, most particularly those unexpected words/thoughts, is an act of revelation.”
– 3Play Media Transcript Editor
What's the Best Thing About Working With 3Play?
We also asked what their favorite thing about working with 3Play was. Schedule really stood out, as evident in the wordcloud of their responses below. Editors also noted that they love editing interesting files, learning from the videos they edit, the variety of different types of content, and the freedom of setting their own hours.
How Happy Are Our Editors?
Editor happiness is important to us! In the survey, we asked the editors to rate how happy they are working with 3Play. On average, our editors said they would rate their happiness at 8.5 out of 10.
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