Hey guys! So….really exciting news. I won Makeup Artist of the Year Chicago with RAW Artists! Man, I love how that sounds!
What is RAW (from their website)? RAW:natural born artists is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists. We’re an international community made up of creative individuals across the globe. Our mission is to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. We welcome all genres of art including independent film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hairstylists, makeup artists and more. We encourage the creative success of the many visionaries and storytellers of our generation. RAW currently operates in nearly 60 cities across the United States, Australia, Canada and, now London!
Earlier in 2013, soon after moving to Chicago, the art director for the Chicago location reached out and I ended up showcasing in March. (read more about showcases and what RAW Artists is and stands for…it’s amazing!) It was at that showcase I worked with a local hair stylist and fashion designer to put on a fashion show, each of us trying to showcase our individual work on the models. It was an amazing event full of artists of all genres including film, photography, painters, performers and more! If you live in a city where RAW is, attend an event…you won’t regret it!
Anyways, everyone who showcases in a year competes to win the title of their category for the year. Though I do both hair and makeup, my focus with RAW was makeup. So in October voting started, and this phase is where votes really count, and you’re up against everyone who showcased within the year. Voting is done online, and lasts for about a week I believe. You have to be in the highest number of votes to move to the next level.
After voting, I was in the TOP 2 nominees for Makeup Artist of the Year Chicago. Just making it to the top two was an honor! So from this point on, it’s up to judges basically deciding who wins but it’s based on many things such as your work, motivation and all that jazz. For the finale showcase, all the top 2-3 in each category showcase yet again like we did earlier in the year to compete for the title.
I live back in Ohio now, so I had to book models from a distance which was pretty easy, because we were working with a local model agency that made it simple. I got TWO gorgeous models who were total troopers!
I traveled into Chicago to do the showcase of course! Every single artist there rocked it out! Everyone did such an amazing job, and they are all sooo talented! After all artists genres were done showcasing, the winners were announced. When they were about to announce MUA I was sooo nervous!!!! Man oh man! Regardless, they called my name to stage because I was the winner, and Kara, the Chicago art director (who is epically amazing by the way), handed me bouquet of flowers, a RAW Artists logo bag filled with gift cards for local shops and a bottle of wine as well as my certificate! They had all winners give a mini speech…and I couldn’t tell you what I said, because I was so nervous and do not like spot light attention like that, haha! But it was an amazing experience and I am so honored to own the title of Makeup Artist of the Year 2013 Chicago! At the start of this, I never thought I’d make it this far…what an accomplishment!
So now, all the city winners are up against the other city winners in their category for a chance to go to Los Angles for the ULTIMATE title. I’m not getting too excited about it, but it would be awesome to make it even further. We will see what happens. I’ll post any updates!
If you’re an artist, check out RAW. Showcase with them. It’s a great organization. You can check out my raw profile here: http://www.rawartists.org/emilysiegel