"I know people in the area are hungry for it," he said.
People everywhere are hungry for it, actually. Haddy has such a busy schedule now that he's had to acquire a booking agent ("which is surreal"). He also had to quit his full-time job at Capital High School, so workshops are a way for him to continue teaching.
"I'm a born teacher," he said. "I want to teach people, and I want people to be excited to learn something they're passionate about."
Now, though, with Halloween approaching, his activities leans heavily toward appearances at haunted houses, conventions and other holiday-related events. He said he'll be at one nearly every weekend between now and Halloween, including Fright Nights at the Resort at Glade Springs in Raleigh County on Oct. 19-20.
After that, his schedule opens up -- a little. In November, he'll teach a weeklong class for beginners in Charleston (the subject of which is TBA) and serve as art director for a short film in Louisville, Ky. Early next year, he'll serve as a two-week guest instructor at Seaton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa.
Oh yeah, he's also preparing to launch an airbrush line with the Paasche Airbrush Co., which he hopes will debut later this month. And he's got his fingers crossed for some makeup to go along with the brush.
He's not new to product launches, though. Earlier this year, he debuted his own iPhone app, called "RJ Haddy." It's a free download that offers fans a way to keep up with him. (He's also on Facebook and Twitter, of course.)
"Right now, there's a schedule of events, news updates and pictures from the last thing I did," he said. "Eventually, I hope to have in-app purchases where you can download quick tutorials for $4 or $5 each. Maybe some ringtones, too."
Speaking of eventualities, another one is a return to Hollywood and filmmaking. Previously, Haddy studied special effects and make-up artistry at the Joe Blasco Make-Up Artist Training Center and worked at Alterian Studios, assisting on various films.
For now, though, he's content to stay on his current path.
"Films and Hollywood are the ultimate goal, but along the way, there are other stopping points," he said. "That road is a very long road. If I have to, I'll pull over and take some rest stops along the way."
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