From Portland Afoot
Enrique Andrade is a Beaverton-based actor and translator who has, since 1998, served as the Spanish voice of the MAX system. He acts regularly on the stage and serves as a contract voice actor for commercials and other services, such as a GPS system for autos. He works full-time in Hillsboro as a Spanish-English translator for Multnomah County courts, occasionally commuting by MAX.
Andrade was 24 when he began recording messages for MAX, which had just added the westside MAX extension and was preparing for the Yellow Line and Red Line. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Andrade moved to Oregon from the Los Angeles area, where his family owns a small business. He was born in Mexico City and immigrated with his family at age 13.
Andrade is paid by the recording session. Asked how much he earns, Andrade said: "I like to answer that by saying if you take minimum wage for a stripper and you multiply that by 4 hours, that's how much I make per session. Makes them do a little homework."
He added that his rate, a share of which goes to his agent, is about "30 times the minimum wage." "It's good money when it comes," he said.
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 Hopes for his voice to live on
Andrade said he hopes that when he dies one day, he hopes his recordings will continue to be broadcast.
"I want the last thing to go to be my voice," Andrade said. "I want my voice to continue to be here, telling people where they need to go, where they need to get off."
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