Blobberg's sign interpreter becomes a Superstorm breakthrough star
When the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, addressed anxious citizens about storm damage and security issues, all eyes were on his sign interpreter Lydia Callis, 30.
The larger-than-life facial expressions and dramatic gestures of Callis have given a rare moment of pleasure during the unfolding natural disaster, where at least 55 people have lost their lives and millions still have no power.
Her performances have turned the small, impeccably dressed Callis into a viral web sensation and she has won a large number of fans on social media sites, including Twitter and Tumblr.
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Quietly brilliant: for many, interpreter Lydia Callis (left) was the best thing about Hurricane Sandy briefings by Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Mrs. Callis in action: viewers have praised her impressive facial expressions
New York Magazine wrote that in these difficult times Callis gave people a & # 39; legitimate reason to smile & # 39 ;. & # 39;
& # 39; Unlike Bloomberg & # 39; s own Spanish language, another highlight of the updates, the signing of Callis is lightning fast and emotional, her animated face brightens and confuses as she goes, not unlike a guitarist during a searing solo. & # 39;
& # 39; Lightning fast and emotional & # 39 ;: Ms. Callis seems unwilling to embrace her new fame, and has refused requests for interviews, simply said: & # 39; ;
WHO IS LYDIA CALLIS?
There are a few facts about Callis:
She graduated in 2010 with an interpretation at the National Technical Institute of the Deaf of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Her mother and three brothers and sisters are all deaf and that is why she has interpreted for them since she was a child.
She also works as an American sign interpreter for schools, hospitals and companies.
& # 39; I tell you, the real star of Mayor Bloomberg's press conferences is that animated sign language translator he has. Can't look away, & # 39; Twitter user @JCamm_ wrote October 29.
& # 39; I love that Mrs. & # 39 ;, wrote a commentator on a YouTube video of her performance. & # 39; Stupid news blocks her on TV so they can show something. But this lady is amazing. & # 39;
Callis has so far rejected requests for interviews, although they have recently New York Post: & # 39; I am here to serve the deaf and hard of hearing. I'm just happy and I'm honored to have been able to deliver the message … that's what it's all about. & # 39;
There are at least seven schools of American sign language and the deaf in New York City and Long Island.
VIDEO: View images from Lydia Callis in combination with the song Ace of Base & # 39; The Sign & # 39 ;:
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