CHARLESTON, W.Va. - So you've been a finalist on a reality TV show in which you proved your ability to keep up with the best in the world of special effects makeup artists.
Robert "R.J." Haddy is still trying to figure that out.
One thing is certain - he's a proud West Virginian and a devoted part of his close-knit Charleston family. He can, and has, worked in Hollywood, but he's not sure he's cut out for that in the long run.
Then again, Haddy believes the exposure he got during 10 episodes of "Face Off," making it right down to the finale, is sure to boost his career if he works hard to capitalize on it.
"I can't tell you the last time I had a chance like this," he said. "This show is literally a video resume."
The dilemma now is what road he should take next.
"I hate to squander this opportunity," Haddy said. "People are going to forget about us if we don't keep our names out there."
To that end, Haddy has punched up a website, www.rjhaddy.com, and soon will launch a smartphone app. His purpose is twofold - to let those in the movie and theater industry know he's available for their special effects needs and to get the word out on his plans for a series of educational workshops.
Meantime, the Capital High School teacher still is working enthusiastically with students in the school's active fine arts program. He teaches special effects classes, helping students do everything from edit video to build their own masks.