Artist with local ties appears on national TV
By Wayne Allen
PDT Staff Writer
R.J. Haddy a Special Effects Artist from Charleston, W.Va. is competing in fifth season of the SyFy channels series Face Off. Haddy also competed in season two of the series.
Haddy came to Jax Theatre, in Wheelersburg to create Scrooge for their 2012 annual performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’. Haddy transformed Jordan Nickles into an 80-year-old Ebenezer Scrooge for each performance.
“Since meeting R.J., it’s definitely been a fun ride. I had originally met R.J. through Transworld’s Halloween and Attractions show that takes place annually in St. Louis. Season 2 of Face Off was still airing then and R.J. was performing a makeup demo for the crowd. I never imagined that it would be me in that chair the following year. Through one of his family members from Charleston I was able to meet R.J. and asked him if he would be interested in doing prosthetic work for my Scrooge makeup when we at Jax Theatre performed our annual rendition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Imagine my surprise when he agreed,” Nickles said.
Nickles said the work to make the scrooge mask was tedious.
“We met with him at his workshop in Charleston where he created a plaster cast of my actual head and then sculpted the prosthetics over the plaster bust. He would then take another cast of the sculpted Scrooge face in order to make the molds that would be used to make five foam-latex prosthetic pieces for two cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin/neck. I would then sit in a makeup chair for around four hours while a bald cap was applied, the pieces were carefully applied to my face and painted, and my hair was added. The end result was amazing, and R.J. considers the Scrooge makeup to be among his best work. A couple months later he invited me back to Transworld with him to be his model for another demo he would be performing with the company Paache airbrushes. We’re so thrilled that R.J. has agreed to return to Jax Theatre to perform the Scrooge makeup on me again this Dec. 13th, 14, 20, and 21. Getting to be a 19-year kid playing an 80-year old man has definitely been a blast.”
According to information released by the SyFy channel about Haddy, “Season 2 of Face Off was to give his career a push so that he could quit teaching high school and work full time on his art. Mission accomplished. These days, R.J. works full-time creating special effects and running an e-commerce site selling airbrush equipment, including his own Shadow line of brushes. Inspired by special effects masters like Rick Baker, Jim Henson, Stan Winston, Greg Cannom and others, and by being selected as the Fan Favorite in season two, R.J. is back for the new season of Face Off. He hopes that his new confidence and refined techniques will propel him to a win this season. He’d like to use the champion’s prize money to build up his airbrush business, and also to allow his mother to retire.
The Face Off contestants will be whittled down week by week, until only three remain for a finale showdown. The winning artist will receive $100,000, a 2013 Fiat and a VIP trip from Kryolan Professional Make-Up to one of their 85 international locations.
Returning to the lab for the new season is actress and host McKenzie Westmore, along with judges Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, The Amazing Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean), Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, The Hunger Games, Heroes) and Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus). World-renowned makeup artist — and McKenzie’s dad – Michael Westmore resumes his role as the official contestant mentor to the contestants.”
This season of Face Off features eight contestants from past season that are competing against eight newcomers.
The show veterans include, Alana Schiro (Season 3), 20, of Northridge, Calif., Bryan “Tate” Steinsiek (Season 1) 31, of Henryetta, Okla.
Eric Zapata (Season 4), 23, of Victoria, Texas, Frank Ippolito (Season 1) 32 of Burbank, Calif., Laura Tyler (Season 3) 27 of Orlando, Fla., Miranda Jory (Season 2), 21, of Los Angeles, Calif., Robert “R.J.” Haddy (Season 2), 36 of Charleston, W.Va. and Roy Wooley (Season 3), 46, of Tucker, Ga.
The show new comers include, Adolfo Barreto Rivera, 32, of Las Vegas, Nev.
Alaina “Laney” Parkhurst, 23, of West Hollywood, Calif., Edward “Eddie” Holecko 20, of Savannah, Ga., Lymari “Lyma” Millot. 33. of El Paso, Texas, Sam “Rick” Prince, 38, of Nashville, Tenn., Samantha Allen, 27, of Bayville, NJ Scott Ramp 52 of Pasadena, Calif. and Steve Tolin, 33, of Pittsburgh, Pa.
The show airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. on the SyFy Channel.
For more information about Face Off visit, www.facebook.com/faceoff or follow them on Twitter @FaceOffSyfy.
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.
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