Robert "RJ" Haddy is a special effects artist and teacher at Capital High School who was on the TV show "Face Off" and made it to the final three. "Face Off" is a reality competition for prosthetic makeup artists on the Syfy channel.
Haddy started in theater as a puppeteer, making his own puppets while he was in elementary school. He has studied filmmaking at Santa Monica College and special effects and make-up artistry at the Joe Blasco Make-Up Artist Training Center Hollywood.
He also worked at Alterian Studios in Los Angeles as a shop assistant, doing whatever needed to be done. Alterian is owned by special effects artist Tony Gardner and is a shop that makes masks, monsters, miniatures and animatronics.
"I was lucky enough to work for someone I had looked up to," Haddy said.
Haddy earned his spot on "Face Off" by winning a challenge at Comic Con in San Diego. He was one of 14 contestants on the show, and he said he keeps in touch with the others now that the show is over.
He participated in 10 challenges. His favorite was where he had to create a character that would fit in a Tim Burton movie. His bellhop creation was named one of the top three in the challenge.
"I have always loved Tim Burton's work. [The challenge] was like second nature to me," said Haddy, who added that his least favorite challenge was the one where they had to do a full body paint job.
Haddy's favorite artist is Ve Neill, who was one of the judges on the show. She has worked as a makeup artist on movies such as the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies and "The Hunger Games." She also brought characters to life in a lot of Tim Burton's films, including "Beetlejuice" and "Ed Wood," which she won Academy Awards for.