I have never been good at judging others.
My father has an eye for detail, and I’ve always wondered if he could judge people as well as I can.
It was one of the reasons why he took me on as a pupil.
He had a strong intuition that I was intelligent enough to judge people on the basis of their personalities.
In my school days I was good at memorising facts and figures, but when I was 16 I realised that I wasn’t good at remembering people’s names.
That was when I found myself staring at the floor at school every day.
I used to spend hours trying to remember who was talking to whom.
In fact, my mother used to say, “It’s not the school that’s so important, it’s you”.
I was the only pupil to be the only one to have my father’s nickname Judy Children, and she always said that to me.
After school, she would ask, “Do you remember who’s talking to who?”
I’d have to say I’d forgotten.
That day was the day I started to realise how important being good at reading people’s faces was.
It taught me to be a good reader, to know who to listen to, to keep my head down and not get into arguments.
I also learnt that I can be funny if I try.
I was told that my teacher called me a bit of a bully, but I wasn´t angry with her.
I think she had something to do with my being so good at understanding other people.
The only thing that I would change about me is that I don’t read my own work.
If I have to, I’ll try to read it.
One of my teachers said, “You don’t have to worry about it, because we’ll do our best to keep you happy.”
So, after graduating I spent a year in the Philippines, working as a bus driver and then a barista.
I worked at a coffee shop and at a restaurant.
I thought, “I’m not going to make it as a barist, I’m not sure I want to be an artist.”
I decided to take up the role of judge, because I wanted to be good at what I did.
When I started judging people I thought it was very strange that I could be so good, and yet I was also so terrible at it.
When my father saw that I had a high score, he was so excited.
He said, My son is really good at the art of judging.
It’s not that he doesn’t understand what is happening, but he is also very sensitive.
He’s really keen to understand what people are thinking.
I am very good at knowing what people´re thinking, and how they are feeling, and the most important thing is to know what the other person is thinking and feeling.
The more I know the better.
I love being a judge, and it’s my job to see what people have done well and what they have done badly.
It is a very important job.
The most important people in my life are my mother and my father.
When the two of them are in the room, they are always looking at me and saying, Judy!
The only time they look at me is when they want to get a drink.
When you’re in that situation, it is hard not to feel happy.
My mother also wants me to do something else, because she says it gives me time to think and relax.
She says, You will be able to judge me when you are 16, but you can judge others when you’re 30 or 40.
She wants me, my daughter and me to go back to school.
I have decided that it’s going to be my last year at school, because it is going to take a lot longer than I thought.
It will take a long time for me to learn how to judge.
When we first met, I thought she was a bit jealous, but as we got to know each other, she started to feel less jealous.
She is still not good at it, and when I go to the movies she says, “This is my last chance.”
She has always been very positive and always thinks she´s going to win, even though she doesn’t win every time.
She always says, Judgy, Judo, Judgies!
But when I went to her first film, she had a lot of fun and she won.
I told her, “Go home now and start learning to judge.”
She said, I will do my best.
My husband is the judge, but my mother is my partner, so she has more experience.
She said to me, If I don´t judge, you will be so bad at it that I won´t want to do it any more.
I’ve been lucky in that I have been able to learn so much.
The last thing I want is to get into a situation where I get judged