Anthony Kosar was the winner of the fourth season of Face Off.
Where are you now?
Currently, I am enjoying my recent Face Off Season 4 victory by traveling to various conventions and trade shows across the country in the make-up, haunt, comic, and fine art industries. I am using this time to do as much networking as I can, and making strong connections with other artists and companies, as well as meeting my fans.
I have been very selective of the projects I have been taking on. Right now I have been mostly taking on short term freelance projects such as commercials for Music Choice, MTV, Wendy's, among others, as well as working with world renowned horror photographer Joshua Hoffine collaborating on a few epic horror photo shoots. For many of these projects, I have been working with Meagan and Alam from my season. Though I have been approached for some larger, long-term projects, working on short-term projects allows me to travel for conventions and trade shows to network and meet fans, continue my own personal fine art, curate gallery exhibitions, and teach Art of FX classes from my studio in Chicago. But, there are a few bigger projects in the works, all of which I cannot disclose at this time.
What's one thing about being on Face Off that a viewer might not realize?
I was on a season that became one large group of friends and we had a blast hanging out with each other. We would help each other out in the shop, making sure we were all able to complete our projects, and lending a hand when someone needed the help. We were all about "healthy competition" on my season and we were all there for the same reason: The art. We thrived from the creative energy flowing from each other. Nobody wanted to win in a negative manner or by someone else not completingtheir project or competing to their full potential. We are all still really close friends now because of it, traveling to shows and working on projects together. So many fans have come up to me or have written me with the same observation about our season as well, inspired by the camaraderie we shared. And for that, I am thankful I was on Season 4.
What's your favorite memory from your time on the show?
Besides the judges calling my name as Season 4 champion, my favorite memory from the show would be when all 14 of us were together. The first few days hanging out at the house before the first elimination was so much fun: Getting to know each other. And conversely, the last day after the finale when we were all together at the house one last time before going our separate ways. That last night, Alam made us all sushi and we hung out reminiscing about our experiences on the show, some moments making us laugh, and others making us sad as we knew this experience was soon ending. It felt like the last day of summer camp.
What's one thing you learned working on Face Off that you've carried forward into your makeup work?
Creatively, my experience on the show has pushed me think bigger. Now, when I create a character, I'm always asking myself "what else can I do with it?"
What's something you would have done differently, looking back now?
Not choose the ANT!!! But in all honesty, I think the thing I would have done differently is to not have strayed from my creative instincts as I had during my slight downfall on the show in the middle of the season. After winning the first 4 challenges in the first 3 episodes, followed by a "safe" look and a "top" look, I began to stop relying on my instincts and started going bigger with the scale of the make-ups to keep up with my competitors, whose large scale efforts seemed to be rewarded by the judges.
Season 4 was definitely the toughest and strongest season so far with some of the most talented competition the show has ever seen, setting a number of Face Off records on our season alone. Contestants went big with their make-up, accomplishing some of the most elaborate full body sculpting never before attempted on Face Off in only 14 to 20 hours of working time. Towards the end, after a few of my low points, I realized that I was not staying true to my style and precise subtlety, and I began to evaluate what was working for me initially. It was tough to keep up with these amazing artists, and even tougher to end up on top, and ultimately winning 6 of the 11 Spotlight Challenges and 1 of 4 Foundation Challenges against 13 incredible artists.
Whose work, either in your season or in a subsequent season you've seen, was your favorite?
That is a tough question to answer, as therehave been many amazingly talented artists on the show. On my season, Wayne's super-fast sculpting and Kris' precision and technical know-how were unrivaled, and I was honored to be in the finale with them. Eric Fox's attitude toward the craft not only inspired himself everyday but also made us gung-ho going into the shop excited for another opportunity to "make monsters, man."
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The artists must create their own angry and twisted trees, each afflicted with a particular malady.