The NCRA Convention took place this year in August right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. It was my first convention experience, and there was certainly at lot to be absorbed! Take a look at what my experience at the NCRA convention was like, as an Associate member of NCRA and an administrative professional with no captioning experience!
Viva Las Vegas!
This was my first-ever NCRA convention, at 25 years old. Tamra Stretch, TCG’s President, also attended her first convention at the age of 25. Oddly enough, that first convention also happened to be in Las Vegas. This year’s convention was held at Planet Hollywood. We stayed in the nearby Elara Hilton which connects to Planet Hollywood via the Miracle Mile Shops. And a good thing, too, as it was blisteringly hot out each day! That Vegas heat in August is not to be trifled with…
Meeting New Faces
Our first night in Las Vegas was Friday, the night of the CART & Captioning Reception. This was a great opportunity to meet people from our industry and share stories.
After the reception was over, we went over to the Stratosphere to stand atop the windy observation deck and enjoy one of the best views in Vegas.
A Day at the Expo Hall
I was most looking forward to wandering around the expo hall on Saturday.
It was here that I got to meet some of our TCG captioners! In our industry, it is very common to never meet the people you work with. After chatting with these ladies over email, IM, and phone calls for two years, it was nice to say hi “in real life”!
The expo hall was a chance to look around the new and emerging technologies and new equipment available to our industry. For me, as a non-captioner, it was once again nice to see these technologies and the people who provide them, face to face. I most enjoyed seeing the slick steno machines, new captioning production tech demos, and visiting Anissa Nierenberger and her team
at her Learn to Caption booth. Tamra had worked with her years ago. Here was another example of never meeting someone you work with, even after decades in the same industry!
Even if you are not a captioner, court reporter, or realtime writer in any sense, there is a lot to be learned from attending an NCRA convention. From connecting with colleagues to discovering new technologies, I learned so many exciting things at the convention!
Now, next year in New Orleans…who’s up for beignets and Mardi Gras?
This article was written by Kendall O’Geil, the Captioning Coordinator for TCG. Learn more about Kendall