That being a special effects person would be one of the coolest and creepest jobs around.
Seriously, it takes massive talent to create some of the props and make-ups used in television and movies, but the research for some of it would be nightmare inducing. Like you get the script and it says you have to have five corpses for that week's episode, so you would have to go look at dead bodies at the morgue and medical reports, then figure out how to recreate that with plastic and wax and stuff; while having it look so real it could fool even a doctor.
Watching Criminal Minds, and thinking about that with tonight's episode. And do make-up people for soap operas have to go to a course for special effects in order to do the cuts and bruises make-up? Or do they just hire special effects people for simple make-ups like that?
That's the view from my sofa tonight