Rick Nadeau: St. Louis-Area Taxidermist Featured on AMC's New Show "Immortalized"
"Based on what I do and my work, it wasn't difficult at all for me," says Nadeau, who cannot divulge what exactly he made for the competition or whether or not he used squirrel.
The most difficult part, he says, was meeting the competition's 30-day deadline to produce a masterpiece. Nadeau works the second shift at a warehouse in his hometown of Mitchell, Illlinois, that keeps him busy most days from 3 p.m. until after midnight. All his free time that month went to working on the show.
At the end of the deadline, Nadeau and his wife flew back to L.A. to present his work before Immortalized's judges.
Nadeau's competitor on the show was Page Nethercutt, an Immortalized cast member from North Carolina who specialized in African mammals. Nadeau says Nethercutt's final piece wasn't exactly his cup of tea.
"To me, it was just more traditional work," he says. "It's kind of boring in my eyes, because I try to be more creative with my work."
Nadeau's creativity includes creating stuffed "Rally Squirrels" after the famed rodent's appearance during the 2011 World Series. Nadeau's mounts the squirrels with Cardinals hats and gloves.
Nadeau tells Daily RFT he has been returning home during his lunch breaks to watch Immortalized since it began airing February 14. For his episode, though, Nadeau says he is planning a viewing party at the squirrel's nest he calls home. He says he is looking forward to seeing himself on air, and says that he would definitely do it all over again, if given the opportunity.
Continue on to view more of Nadeau's creations.