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Justin Maurer is a CODA (Child of a Deaf Adult) and a professional American Sign Language interpreter, consultant, writer, producer, performer, and musician based in Los Angeles. He works full time as a freelance American Sign Language interpreter and consultant. He frequently interprets high profile events, award ceremonies, meetings, political speeches, television appearances, interviews, and more. He has interpreted on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Entertainment Tonight, and Shark Tank. As a freelance interpreter he is also experienced and proficient in educational, medical, and other fields. He has also interpreted for many musical performances including Stray Kids, Ozomatli, Aloe Blacc, Tom Morello, Alice Bag, The Avengers, and The Linda Lindas.

In 2019 he had the honor of interpreting for Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

His ASL interpreting and consultation experience includes entertainment industry stalwarts The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Entertainment Tonight, NBC/Universal, ABC, Fox, Sony Pictures, Paramount, Lionsgate, Disney, Dreamworks, Writers Guild of America West (WGA), Producers Guild of America (PGA), and Screen Actors Guild of America (SAG-AFTRA). As a strong advocate for the Deaf community he always employs Deaf team members when he is hired as an ASL Consultant for scripts, films, or television. He recently conducted five seminars of Deaf Awareness training with his Deaf business partner. CODAs and Deaf partners make for a great team. As an advocate for the Deaf Community, he strongly encourages all ASL Consultants/ASL Masters, ASL interpreters, and CODAs to include Deaf community members as a part of their consulting teams.

His educational interpreting experience includes: USC, UCLA, Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach Community College, El Camino College, Cerritos College, LA Trade Tech, LAUSD, and more.

His medical interpreting experience includes Cedar Sinai Hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, USC School of Dentistry, UCLA Medical Center, and more.

His autobiographical comedy “Falling On Deaf Eyes” about the struggles of a teenage punk and his single Deaf mother in a small town had its world premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2019.

Justin was born in L.A. but came of age in the Great Pacific Northwest where he recorded three albums and embarked on world tours with his storied punk band Clorox Girls. After a decade of nonstop touring, the band fell apart and he worked and lived in Madrid and London. In Europe he toured with Red Dons, sang for Mano De Mono, formed the band Suspect Parts and worked as an English teacher, DJ, tour manager and bartender before a full-circle return to Los Angeles.  Justin’s first chapbook  “Don’t Take Your Life” was published in 2006. His second chapbook of stories “Seventeen Television” was published in 2013.

Before becoming a professional ASL interpreter, he has worked as a traveling dental supply salesman, Lyft driver, Thai food delivery boy, and Hollywood tour bus driver as well as a freelance writer and contributor to various publications. He failed to sell his first feature screenplay  “Pulling Teeth” to Hollywood. He sang for the punk/60s pop band L.A. Drugz.and played guitar in punk/pop band Maniac.  He plays in European apocalypse pop group Suspect Parts . He sometimes reunites with Clorox Girls. One of his songs,“Outside Place,” was featured in the independent film, “The Lifeguard” (2013) starring Kristin Bell.  Another song, “All The Time” was featured on the Showtime’s “Shameless.”

His music and writing has been featured on podcasts and radio shows such as Mike Watt’s “The Watt From Pedro Show,” Life During Wartime (KBOO), Cherry Blossom Clinic (WFMU), Champagne Problems (KDVS), Gorsky Press podcast (LA), Bam! Radio Show (Italy) and Skid Row Studios (LA).

Maurer’s writing and criticism has appeared in The Rumpus, Vice Spain, Faster Times, Dum Dum Magazine, Trop, L.A. Record, Color Magazine, Maximumrocknroll, Razorcake, Vol 1. Brooklyn and more.

His country western band THE WAYWARD CHAPEL released a live album on Spotify, his Euro super group SUSPECT PARTS recently released their debut album, LA punk band MANIAC released their latest album in 2019.

Order his latest chapbook of punk rock tour stories MUTANT MANIAC here.

Contact Justin

Justin Maurer headshot 2 photo by Imke Wagener

Photo by Imke Wagener

 

 

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