A native of Charleston, WV, it was obvious to everyone but Rj, from a very early age that he would become known for the extroverted, yet down to earth and kind person he exhibited on the show. He has also had quite a penchant for the creative flair since that time as well.
Due to the mesmerizing effect the visual imagery in the Star Wars saga had on him as a youngn’, Rj began making 3-dimensional art projects in Kindergarten and hasn’t stopped yet. He has a love of the creative process and enjoys the ability to see a project through from the very beginning conceptual phases all the way to the performance, literally bringing it to life.
Combining his love of creation and performance he naturally gravitated to Puppeteering. He was influenced largely at this time by the films The Dark Crystal, Little Shop of Horrors, and Labyrinth. But it wasn’t until Rj discovered the films of Tim Burton that he learned that makeup artistry and puppeteering and costuming were all very similar skill sets that crisscrossed over into each other.
Starting with Beetleguse, and Batman literally one year apart he became mesmerized with something new Prosthetic makeup. The names Nick Dudman (for his amazing Joker make up) and Ve Neill ( for her Beetlejuice and Penguin creations) would be forever burned into his brain, alongside Rick Baker, Stan Winston, Greg Cannom, and Jack Pierce his other makeup artistry idols.