"Her work is flawless," Haddy said. "Plus she is just really professional."
Besides her, the judges on "Face Off" were television and film makeup artist Glenn Hetrick and creature designer and director Patrick Tatopoulos. "Facing the judges every week was a emotional rollercoaster," Haddy said. "Glenn was a bit intimidating."
The show had already been taped, so Haddy had to keep it a secret about how far he'd gotten. He said it mostly wasn't too hard.
"It was harder to keep it secret the last few episodes," he said. "If I had told, it would have ruined the experience."
The show's last challenge was to create three characters who would dance in a performance; the makeup had to withstand the rigors of the choreography. Though Haddy had a bit of trouble figuring out what he wanted to do, he was prepared because he has worked with the Capital High School Dance Company for several years.
For that challenge, Haddy chose fantasy makeup. He said he would rather do fantasy or sci-fi makeup than horror. He enjoys having the ability to make someone completely unrecognizable.
"Gore makeup has never appealed to me because it doesn't take much skill to dump blood all over something," he said. "I like to creating characters and monsters."
To learn different makeup techniques, he said you need to take art and anatomy classes. In art classes, you learn basics like painting, color theory and sculpture, and in anatomy classes, you learn about facial structure and bones (key to learning proportions and placements) as well as movement and muscular structure.
Haddy, who has nine years teaching experience, said the "Face Off" set wasn't really that different from his classroom. Both are fast-paced, high-stress environments, and with both, you have to get up early and work all day.He said he likes bringing an art form into the classroom that not a lot of people give credit to. Talking to him, you really get the sense that he loves what he does and that he is happy he gets to pass his knowledge on.