RAW:natural born artists Orlando RAWards Semi-Final Winners

RAW: Orlando launched their RAWards Semi-Finals competition at The Abbey. 30 local nominees were narrowed down to 9 top artists in their relative categories and now go on to represent the Orlando community in the 4th annual RAWards National Indie Arts Awards in LA, California.

Over the course of the past month the RAW:natural born artists organization hosted an online nomination process for 10,000 independent artists across the globe. The online popular vote with a local Showcase Director weigh in narrowed down the top 3-5 artists to represent Orlando in the Semi-Finals Showcase. Recently at the Semi-Finals Showcase the local community came out to cast a live vote. The community popular vote consisted of 50% and the scores of three local judges (Cindy LaFronz, Ron Legler, and Erin Sullivan) made up the other 50%.

The final 9 winners now will go on to represent Orlando in the last and final round of national judging on November 18th 2012.

Award categories include:

RAW:ORLANDO Filmmaker of the Year: TRENT DUNCAN

RAW:ORLANDO Fashion Designer of the Year: ELAITHEIA QUINN

RAW:ORLANDO Musician of the Year: BETH VANDAL

RAW:ORLANDO Visual Artist of the Year: BILL MORRISEY

RAW:ORLANDO Photographer of the Year: THUYVI GATES

RAW:ORLANDO Hairstylist of the Year: ANGEL CARDONA

RAW:ORLANDO Makeup Artist of the Year: SHANNON HOLT

RAW:ORLANDO Performing Artist of the Year: JULIENE BOTTICELLO

The national RAWards winners receive big career boosting prizes like distribution, store placement, studio time, gallery placement and consultation with industry executives and professionals.

 MORE ON RAW: RAW:natural born artists is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists.  RAW’s mission is to provide independent artists of all creative genres, with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. RAW connects artists with one another so that they might grow together. RAW Headquarters in based in Southern California but hosts RAW events in 21 cities across the U.S per month from February-October. They also showcase their artists online via RAWartists.org