Who knew transcribing could be such a pain?
I thought the manual labor that is transcribing my audio recording would be something relaxing or even strangely comforting, since everything else in my project requires either thinking or talking to people, but no, I was completely wrong. At first, I estimated that 45 minutes of recording would take around two hours to type. I typed for 20 minutes and barely finished 5 minutes of recording, so I took my frustration to my support group (AKA senior project group) in the form of text message rants.
Rithvik, being the angel he was, recommended me a software and made things a lot easier. It still took me hours to finish the transcript, but I guess this is an unavoidable aspect of my project. My head hurts just thinking about it.
Additionally, I was able to schedule interviews. One person was so excited that he actually responded in three exclamation marks after I clarified my purpose and was eager to set up the interview, which made me very happy. Many people have not responded, but I’ll wait until Monday to reach out again, since I’m not sure how frequently they check emails. Next week, besides an interview in SF, I am trying to schedule two more interviews with my coworkers at an art studio, since many of them graduated from art schools and have connections in the bay. I also plan to call a couple of local art organizations and see if they are willing to help. While we’re on the topic of art studio, I was actually quite busy this week helping to prepare for an upcoming art show at Saratoga Library, which opens this Monday. Please check it out if you can!
Stay tuned for next week’s progress!