Interview Corner: Bryan Currie


Bryan Currie with fiancee

1. State your full name, age, and marital status please.

Bryan Currie, 38. Single (but engaged!).

2. State your education.

Bachelor of Arts from The College of New Jersey. Communications degree with a minor in Psychology.

3. Do you have any sisters or brothers- please state their name and ages and occupations. 

I have two younger sisters; Christina, 37, is a full-time mom, and Kim, 33, is a paralegal.

4. What is your occupation?

Legal proofreader at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in New York City.

5. How did you get your job as a proofreader?

I had been unemployed for three months in 1998 when an ad for a proofreader caught my eye. It turned out to be a two-day class, after which my instructor referred me to a position. After working that position at another firm on the night shift for a year and a half, I found this daytime position which I’ve held for over 12 years now.

6. What do you recommend for someone who wishes to have a job like yours to do?

Well, for one thing, almost surprisingly, you usually don’t need a college degree as part of the requirements, but it certainly helps. Secondly, legal proofreading jobs exist only in a few large cities like New York and Washington, D.C., so you’d have to work there! Thirdly, take a class like I did, and then register with many temporary agencies as possible if you don’t get referred to a position right away. With some luck you could become a regular at a firm and maybe get hired. These days, with the economy being the way it is, you might need a lot of luck securing a full-time position; I was lucky that I got in at a time when there were more positions available. Being a proofreader is very rewarding, personally: I love it! I hear that medical proofreading is very big right now, and might even pay more.

7. What is your take on the election?  Who are you voting for and why?

I am voting for Obama, simply because he is the lesser of two evils. Romney scares the bejesus out of me and would tank this country so fast. In a perfect world, I’d be voting for Jill Stein of the Green Party, but, sadly, that would take away from a much-needed Obama vote. I don’t trust any politicians, frankly.

8. What is your favorite memory from the year 2012?

Easily my favorite memory of 2012 is proposing to my honey on a hot-air balloon!

9. What are your hobbies? 

Let’s see… Fantasy football, real football, crossword puzzles, comedy, trivia and board games, outdoorsy activities like beach and tennis…just to name a few!

10. Do you like to read? What types of novels and what are you currently reading?

One might think that a proofreader is an avid reader, but I’m not. I do tend to enjoy witty and funny novels a lot. The most recent books I’ve read are the first two books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, and Michael Ian Black’s “My Custom Van” which was twisted and hilarious.

11. What is your favorite movie from 2012 if you have seen any?

Finding Nemo 3D, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Cosmopolis. These days I tend to wait for movies to be released on Netflix before I see them in the theater.

12. What would you like to say to your mother and father about the son that they raised and why?

You done good, Mom and Dad! Because they did. Haha.I have a great family! I love them very much and they love me.


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