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Nintendo "Pitch for Wii U" Grand Prize Winner


Wow!  What a past few weeks these have been.  For those of you that do not know, in short, I won the grand prize in Nintendo's "Pitch for Wii U" contest!  I truly hate to sound like I am bragging but you have no idea how excited I am!  The rules were fairly simple, create a one minute long video "pitching" Nintendo's latest video game system, the Wii U.  Basically make an advertisement for the console.  Unfortunately, I found out about this contest the day of the deadline and had roughly three hours to film, edit and submit my entry.  That's how fast-paced all of this has been and it was surely worth it.

So your probably asking, "what did you win in the grand prize!?".  The grand prize for "The Pitch" contest includes a Wii U bundle pack along with a trip to Los Angeles to witness the filming of this commercial.  Yes, that means the idea behind the commercial I entered will be the new marketing campaign for the Wii U!  That's why I have been so excited lately.  As the Wii U struggles to succeed, I now have a chance to help out the company who made my childhood (and even present day life) so memorable.

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The cat has been out of the bag for quite sometime now and for those that did not know, I'd like to say that it is official.  Thinking about it still, its been surreal to think I actually WON a contest...I never won anything.  Let alone all of this happening with one of my favorite companies.  I absolutely hate to brag about things but I have never been more grateful for anything in my life.  Whenever someone gives me an opportunity to prove myself, it truly means the world.  If you want to see more, take a look at the articles below to some of the websites I've been featured on.  This is truly only just the beginning of an incredible journey.



"Pitch for Wii U" Contest Features


Nintendo Facebook Page

Nintendo Twitter Page

Player's Essence

Rider University 



                        Raymond Strazdas Portfolio fully optimized for mobile devices (Including Wii U Gamepad)

                        Raymond Strazdas Portfolio fully optimized for mobile devices (Including Wii U Gamepad)

New Style, New Look...New Raymond.

February 13th 2014 - Having a portfolio site has been one of personal goals for quite sometime.  Although I already have and continuously update, it doesn't do a great job showcasing what I (Raymond Strazdas) am all about as a person.  Sure you get to have a blog, share videos and all that fun stuff but the truth is...that's all done in character.  When your a brand, you have to stick to your brand.  That's what "Sting Ray" and "Sting Ray Films" are been all about, and they provide me with a solid foundation for my next major project.

One of my News Years Resolutions has been to rebrand my work.  Tie everything together into one starting with this website.  For those that regularly follow along, expect major changes to come.

Although this website ( has been live for quite sometime, it wasn't quite ready for primetime.  Until now.  I officially would like to say that the site is no longer in beta!  This blog will exclusively be dedicated to me as a characters, no drama, none of that.  Kind of like a behind-the-scenes, but not really.  Just some the content coming your way includes exclusive reviews of the latest technology, new videos and much more.  In the meantime, please feel free to browse around and let me know what you think of the rebranding process.


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