A drone judge living on the streets of LA is not unheard of, but what makes this particular judge different is the time he spends commuting.
“I like to get back to my house and go to work,” Clay Jenkins, the judge for Cirque du Soleil’s runway show, told me over the phone.
“I don’t have a car, so I have to drive myself.”
For a judge to live in LA is a feat of engineering, but it’s a job that pays well, Jenkins said.
The cost of living is about the same as in other parts of the world, and his commute includes walking the subway to and from work.
He’s also on a fixed income of $500 per month, with no job security, which is why he has a steady income from his gig.
“The commute is not bad,” he said.
“It’s definitely a lot better than living in the suburbs, but I’m still trying to find the balance between working and commuting.”
The commute to LA is an important one for many judges, and it’s also one that most judges have struggled with.
A few judges I spoke to had found that living on-the-job made it easier to live on-budget.
But for Jenkins, that lifestyle was a challenge.
“When you’re in the city, it’s very easy to be in the car, but to live here, it just feels like a big challenge,” he told me.
“You have to keep up with your schedule and everything, so when you go back to the office it’s like, Oh, I’m going to get home at 3:30 in the morning.
And I don’t really have time to be working on my shows, and I don)t have time for my family.”
When I spoke with the judge, he was a bit worried about how much of his day he could devote to on-camera work.
“It’s hard to explain, but when I’m in the office I’m doing everything on-screen, which means I’m working a lot,” he explained.
“The other day I was working on a film and I had to shoot a scene that had to do with the movie, so there were five people there.
But I had one guy that I had brought up to help me work.
So I was really busy.”
The judge also mentioned the challenge of dealing with an unstable economy, and how it was difficult to get around LA on the weekends.
“If I could just get off the phone and work in the studio, then I would definitely be happy,” he laughed.
“But the reality is that the only way I can make a living is to be out on the street, and to be on the roads every day.”
To make it to LA on time is even harder, though.
“My schedule is always changing, so if I need to be there, I can’t be there,” Jenkins said with a laugh.
“And if I’m out on-site, I have no choice but to be at the airport, and there are no flights available.
It’s a nightmare.”
I spoke to some judges who were forced to travel more than once during the year.
They had to take advantage of the availability of public transportation, but sometimes it was a struggle getting back home.
“You can’t just do your show at home,” one judge told me, explaining that it takes a lot of planning.
“When you get back on the plane you have to go to the airport and wait in line for the plane.
It really sucks.”
A judge who had to fly back and forth from LA to LA told me that his schedule was very similar to a regular judge’s.
“My schedule varies, and sometimes I get back home and do my show there, sometimes I don ‘t have the time,” he lamented.
“So it’s really hard to make it back on time.
I have a lot to do, and my family’s coming over to take care of me.”
I asked the judge how he managed to get to work on time, and he explained that he often had to wait in the airport for hours for a flight back to LA.
“Sometimes, I go to LA and they just let me fly back to Los Angeles,” he joked.
“Sometimes I get a flight and get back a little bit later.
It can be really frustrating.”
It’s important to note that this judge has had to adapt his schedule in the past, and even during his tenure, he says that he still doesn’t fly back as often as he used to.
I asked him if he thought that was fair, and the judge said that he felt it was.
“To be honest, I would have been happier if they just gave me the option of flying home, but then I wouldn’t have had to worry about the scheduling,” he admitted.
“If they had done that, I wouldn ‘t even have