I do take interpreting serious. I am a Certified Deaf Interpreter. I have a master's degree in interpretation. I consider Deaf interpreting as my career. I hope to become a staff interpreter. I hope to teach interpreting courses to a room full of Deaf students. I will be working in this field for next twenty, thirty, or however many years it take before somebody drags me out. I want to be the next Lillian Beard.
So with that note, please don't shrug your shoulder and say "it pays good, doesn't it?" when I ask you why are you interested in becoming a CDI.