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「美夢成真,人魚女孩」- I Am a Real Life Mermaid


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Mermaids, for me growing up, were very important. Mermaids were real. That was it.
美人魚,對於我長大成人,是非常重要的。人魚是真實的。就是這樣。

Of course they're real. You know, no matter what the government says, mermaids are real.
她們當然是真的。你知道,不管政府說什麼,美人魚是真的。

My name is Lauren Freeman, and I'm a real-life mermaid.
我的名字是 Lauren Freeman,而我是現實生活中的美人魚。

I'm Erin Gallager, and I am a real-life mermaid.
我是 Erin Gallager,而我是現實生活中的美人魚。

My name is Katie Shultz, and I'm a real-life mermaid.
我的名字是 Katie Shultz,而我是現實生活中的美人魚。

I've always loved the water. I've been a swimmer for as long as I can remember. And growing up in Florida, you went to the beach and you played mermaids. So, I've done it for years as a kid. Growing up, I thought it was the greatest thing.
我一直熱愛著水。我從能記得以來就都在游泳。而且在佛羅里達長大,你會去海邊然後你扮演美人魚。所以,還是孩子時我就已經做這事好多年了。長大了,我覺得這是件最棒的事。

Always loved the water. Definitely a fish growing up and have always really enjoyed it.
一直愛著水。肯定像隻魚般長大,而且一直真的很享受這樣。

Oh, I remember when Lauren first came to me and asked if I wanted to help create the mermaid program here at the Florida Aquarium, and I immediately called my mom and said, "You are not going to believe this. I told you I was gonna be a mermaid when I grew up, and now I'm gonna get to be one."
喔,我記得 Lauren 最初來找我,然後問我想不想在佛羅里達水族館這裡幫忙創立一個美人魚節目時,我馬上打給我媽說:「妳一定不會相信這個。我跟妳說過我長大要當一隻美人魚,然後現在我就要能夠成為一隻美人魚了。」

I actually have a very different story from the other girls. I was born and raised in Arizona. So I was always in the water, kind of playing around. I've been diving since I was 12. But I don't think, even as a kid, I ever told my parents, "I'm gonna be a mermaid." Should I tell? What would my mother say? So, I was telling my mom about this and she was like, "Why, why do you do this?" and I said, "You know, it's something new. It's something just to try. It pays well." I kind of told her about that aspect and she, "Well, that'a pretty good. And you don't even have to be a hooker." So, I guess that was my family's take on it.
我其實有一個和其他女孩們非常不同的故事。我出生然後成長於亞歷桑納州。所以我總是待在水裡,有點像是在水裡四處玩耍。我從十二歲開始潛水。但我不認為,即使是孩子時,都不認為我曾告訴過我的父母:「我要成為一隻美人魚。」我該講嗎?我的母親會說什麼?所以當我告訴我媽這件事時,她就像是:「為什麼,為什麼妳要做這件事?」然後我說:「妳知道,這是件新鮮事。這就只是去嘗試一下的事。這工作報酬不錯。」我有點好像是告訴她那層面,然後她說:「好吧,那挺不賴的。而且妳甚至不用去當應召女郎。」於是,我猜那就是我家人對這事接受的反應。

People initially are definitely a little confused. They want to know, "Well, what do you mean you're a mermaid?" So when I describe what I do that I literally get in the water and I am a mermaid, they have lots of questions. We are all professional divers here at the Aquarium. We do guest diving programs where we'll take guests in to do dives with our sharks. We also do a lot of the grunt work. We'll get in and clean the exhibits and that's not such a pretty mermaid task. But we do it anyway.
人們起先肯定有點困惑。他們想知道:「嗯,妳說妳是隻人魚是什麼意思?」所以當我形容我的工作就是真的進到水裡、然後我就是隻人魚,他們有很多問題。我們都是水族館這裡的專業潛水員。我們負責帶著來賓們進來和鯊魚潛水的賓客潛水節目。我們也做很多雜事。我們會進去清理展間,而那可不是什麼漂亮人魚任務。但總之我們得做。

So it's about 3:30 right now. None of us will be touching our face.
所以現在差不多是三點半了。我們之中沒人會去碰我們的臉。

Being dive masters of the aquarium, no one ever sees us in makeup. So, it's really a transformation.
身為一個水族館的潛水高手, 沒人看過我們化妝。所以,這真是個轉變。

We are definitely not the make-up pretty girls at the aquarium, 99% of the time. So to have our co-workers see us like this was a shocking change for them.
我們肯定不是水族館裡化著妝的漂亮女孩,百分之九十九的時間裡。所以讓我們的同事看到我們這樣,對他們而言是個震驚的變化。

Ready? Ready!
準備好了嗎?準備好了!

It does take a lot to get ready. The tails are so custom-fit that it's actually really hard to get into them. So, takes a good 10 minutes to actually put the tail on.
這真的費很多心力才能準備好。這些魚尾如此合身訂製,因此實際上很難穿進去。所以,得花整整十分鐘才能真正把尾巴穿上。

Swimming with a tail on and having your feet bound is a lot different than wearing fins and being on scuba. So, for us to learn to do it, and then on top of that, try to look pretty while doing it, that was the biggest challenge.
穿上魚尾、然後讓你的腳被束縛住去游泳,和穿著蛙鞋且有氧氣筒有很大差異。因此,對我們而言學習這樣做,然後除此以外,還要試著在進行時看起來優美,那是最大的挑戰。

These are the hoses that we breathe from. Just like scuba diving.
這些是我們用來呼吸的軟管。就像深潛一樣。

I think people think it's easy. They see the finished product. They see us in there with our makeup done, in these gorgeous tails that we have, gracefully swimming around, doing choreograph routines to music. Takes a long time to get there.
我理解人們認為這很簡單。他們看到的是最終成品。他們見到我們化好妝在那裡面,穿著我們有的這些華麗的魚尾,優雅地游來游去,隨音樂跳著編好的舞蹈。花費很長時間才做到那樣的。

To look comfortable while holding your breath underwater, and not look like you're in pain or the salt water is in your eyes, and there's fish everywhere.
要在水中屏住你的呼吸同時看起來舒適自在、還不能看起來像你很痛苦、或有鹹水在你眼裡,然後還四處都是魚。

Very difficult.
十分困難。

To be a mermaid everyday is something that I never thought I would get to do. But to be able to come to work and do something that I've always loved, I've always wanted to do with people that are my friends, is fantastic. It's really a dream come true.
每天當個美人魚是件我從沒想過我能夠做的事。但能夠來工作並做一件我向來熱愛、我向來想和是我的朋友的人們做的事,這太棒了。這真的是美夢成真。

  • 「單調乏味的差事」- Grunt Work

    We also do a lot of the grunt work.
    我們也做很多雜事。

  • 「除此之外」- On Top Of That

    So, for us to learn to do it, and then on top of that, try to look pretty while doing it, that was the biggest challenge.
    因此,對我們而言學習這樣做,然後除此以外,還要試著在進行時看起來優美,那是最大的挑戰。

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