In any field or profession, there will always be those who excel beyond the expected, out-perform the crowd.
Not everyone has to be a superstar; it is also okay to be qualified, skilled, able, competent and clear.
What is see in the intpreting world right now though, is an abundance of "GOOD-ENOUGH."
There's so much of that around, that I believe more people have forgotten what minimum competency looks like.
When a good interpreter comes to an assignment and actually signs something approximating ASL, she is seen as "crackerjack."
Mediocre then looks pretty good.
And the field celebrates those who are barely qualified.
They scream, "We are NATIONALLY CERTIFIED!" Nationally certified equals approved by an organization as having the basic skills necessary to work professionally, not that you are GOOD, COMPETENT or ABLE in any one situation.
I'm tired of us celebrating mediocracy.
People should feel a certain professional pressure to rise up. Instead by being given prime assignments and not having to get consumer feedback and not being monitored by interpreter provider agencies and being assigned to assignments by people unqualified to judge...we continue the lowering of the bar.
Interpreters HEAL THYSELVES.
Get a grip on your skill level and stop feeling entitled to take assignments just because you are offered them.