Testimonials for SJF Communications
“Susan Farese took me up on being my mentor during my fourth year at SDSU. From the first meeting to the last, she was an intelligent go-getter who immediately wanted to know my goals and how I planned to achieve them. Throughout my mentorship with her, she encouraged me not only in the academic field, but in the personal field as well. She got to know me and learned what made me tick, which helped immensely when classes became difficult. She focused not just on academics but on careers as well. Thanks to her, I was able to intern at the San Diego Zoo as a bus tour guide, which became my current job. She is a fantastic role model and someone I am honored to call my mentor. I wouldn’t have graduated with as much ease nor perseverance without her.”
-Testimonial for SJF Communications via Delaney Heil, Bus Tour Guide at San Diego Zoo Global; SDSU Grad: BA in Journalism and Media Studies, Emphasis in Public Relations, & Mentee, Aztec Mentor Program
“I was a novice about to launch my self-help book, when I was referred to Susan Farese of #sjfcommunications to spearhead my public relations efforts. From our first meeting, I was impressed with her energy, warm spirit, and passion. Susan was patient with my lack of knowledge of promotion, helping me create a media presence that both complemented my style and maximized my exposure in print, radio, television, and appearances at bookstores and libraries. Susan also took photos and created informative and entertaining videos of my appearances. She has a steady work ethic and a supportive enthusiasm, which made me feel seen and appreciated. She competently steered the boat and taught me how to maintain a presence on social media. I am very grateful to have had Susan at the helm and I highly recommend #sjfcommunications as a public relations consultant”.
-Vincentia Schroeter, PhD, Author, Communication Breakthrough
“I worked with Susan both for the launch of my book Ashes in the Ocean and PR for myself and Sonya Mohamed for our company Nature Unplugged. Susan was absolutely incredible. She is a force and worked relentlessly toward our goals. In addition to her tenacity and great work ethic, Susan has wonderful interpersonal skills. She truly understood who we were and why we were doing what we were doing and was able to communicate that to others. We highly recommend SJF Communications”.
Testimonial for SJF Communications via Sebastian Slovin, Author ‘Ashes in the Ocean’ & Co-Owner of Nature Unplugged
“I’ve had the pleasure to work with Susan because of her dedication in supporting other’s successes.
Susan is a mentor in our center’s Aztec Mentor Program where she has mentored 9 students over the last 3 years. It’s inspiring to see how she empowers and guides her mentees toward their futures.
I recently learned even more about Susan when I invited her to sit on a panel at the SDSU Women Veterans Forum titled: Job Search Strategies for Non-Traditional Students. Not only does her diverse professional background allow her to provide unique insights but Susan brings grace and gratitude to the work she does.
We’re lucky to have you Susan, thank you for everything you do”
Testimonial for SJF Communications Via Juliana Saenz – Career Opportunities Manager, SDSU
“Susan J. Farese was my mentor through the San Diego State University Aztec Mentor Program in the 2017-2018 year. She was and is an outstanding mentor and friend to me and so many others. I was first drawn to Susan because of her diverse background in communications, public relations, marketing, photography, poetry, acting, modeling, and nursing!
We met bi-weekly throughout both semesters of my senior year. Our sessions included resume building, job searching, interview tips, networking, LinkedIn tools, and preparation for upcoming professional events. Susan was so encouraging and helpful, and helped me stay on track with my busy schedule while applying for jobs. She was not only a mentor, but someone who I looked forward to seeing every other week to catch up on each other’s lives and exchange stories. Our meetings were not only productive, but enjoyable.
During our mentorship, I got jobs as a dancer and brand ambassador with the San Diego Kings Dance Team, a dancer and entertainer for SeaWorld San Diego, and a dancer and promotional model for BrickHouse Dance Productions.
Susan genuinely cares for her students and is supportive in everything they do. She was a point of encouragement throughout my senior year, and I am so thankful to have had her mentorship.
I highly recommend Susan as a mentor for anyone in the communications, public relations, marketing, photography, poetry, acting, modeling, and nursing fields”
– Alexa Romano
Testimonial for SJF Communications Via San Diego State University (SDSU) Graduate Alexa Romano,
AMP Mentee, B.A. in Journalism and Media Studies, Rhetoric and Writing Studies, and Communication.
“The Aztec Mentorship Program has been an enlightening process for me. Not only has it allowed me to reach out to various alumni in different industries I am interested in, but has created opportunity to foster an invaluable mentorship.
Overall, my best experience was with Susan Farese, a local entrepreneur with many experiences, particularly in the entertainment industry. I learned a few lessons after being matched as a mentee with Susan but lessons are still being learned as we still stay in touch. Resume development, entrepreneurship tips, and networking opportunities have been the focus of the mentorship. Susan helped me develop a technique of developing the perfect resume based upon which jobs I am searching for rather than sending out a general resume out to all jobs. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I learned from Susan’s experiences and mistakes in running her own PR firm. She spoke to me about my different entrepreneurial opportunities and gave insight to possible issues I may run into. Even after the program ended, Susan recently helped me get my first gig doing lighting and sound production for a local play!
Honestly the best part about my experience was the specific attention given to me about how I can best further myself. After a few sessions, Susan understood what I really needed to learn to get the best out of the program and that only happens when mentors are dedicated to extending real life knowledge and experience to mentees.” – James Ranon
Testimonial for SJF Communications via San Diego State University (SDSU) Finance/Entrepreneurship Student
‘Getting involved my last semester at SDSU was great because my mentor, Susan, prepared me to stay on top of job searches, reviewed my resume, and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and attend events that Career Services had put together,” – Kaitlin Woods
Testimonial for SJF Communications via San Diego State University (SDSU) Health Communications Student, Kaitlin Woods
“I had such a wonderful experience working with Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications. We not only had a successful journey of my CD Release Celebration Concert “10 More Minutes” as a result, but also we had pure fun in the process. She has a great work ethic and is reliable, also understands how to approach any project with compassion, empathy, kindness and passion. I can’t think of any other quality that I could ask for PR agent to have. Thank you Susan!”
– Jeeyoon Kim
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Testimonial for SJF Communications via Classical Pianist, Jeeyoon Kim
“Susan Farese, SJF Communications helped Westwind Brass double the size of our audiences at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. She also helped us to double the number of participants at our 2017 Summer Brass Workshop at San Diego State’s School of Music and Dance. She is savvy with all forms of media; print, TV, and radio. She is also very proactive on social media. She is willing to think, and work, outside of the box, and isn’t afraid to say what she is thinking. I highly recommend SJF Communications to all arts organizations in the San Diego area.”
-Bryan Smith, Tuba; Director of Educational and Outreach ProgramsTestimonial for SJF Communications via Bryan Smith, Tuba; Director of Educational and Outreach Programs, Westwind Brass
“Susan J. Farese, of SJF Communications, was recently the publicist/marketing director, for our musical, The Geeze & Me, which had a world premiere in San Diego, March 31 – April 29, 2017. Beginning September, 2016, Susan was responsible for planning, executing and ensuring that all communications initiatives were implemented. Her efforts included writing/editing and distributing press releases, posting show information for online calendars, creating event and group Facebook pages, writing blog interview posts, writing/sending email marketing materials, and maintaining social media channels and networks daily attention as well as coordinating theatre reviewers/critics attendance, setting up print, media, and/or in-person interviews, including television/radio appearances, promotion videos, and other PR content.
These tasks included responsibility for identifying and creating content, consulting on appropriate messaging when necessary, increasing the size of our social media networks, and working with authors/director/producers to help spread the word about us in media venues.
Susan focused her efforts on Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, Linked In, Mail Chimp Campaigns, Instagram as well as word of mouth; she knew precisely how these platforms differed and what approaches worked best for a given site. She has a firm grasp of what types of materials are appropriate for our audience. Susan has proven to be self-directed, reliable, and responsible as well as creative and unfailingly knowledgeable! She demonstrates excellent judgment in knowing when to consult and when to be self-directed. Her enthusiasm for our production appeared to never wane. Always available to consult, she was early for production meetings and ably directed her knowledge in a way that was always either appropriate or fantastic. She’s been a tremendous asset to Rag Lady Productions. Highly recommend her”.
-Nancy Locke Capers, CEO, Rag Lady Productions
Testimonial for SJF Communications via Nancy Locke Capers, CEO, Rag Lady Productions, Producer/Director, “The Geeze & Me”
“Susan Farese joined San Diego Musical Theatre as a Board Member and quickly became a dedicated and valuable asset as a volunteer as well as PR & Marketing Director at SDMT. She always was searching for new and innovative ideas as to how to help SDMT to expand and build our marketing and communications. Ask Susan to do something and it was done. Always upbeat and positive, Susan is a people person which is very important when working with people in various capacities.” – Erin Lewis
“Susan was my mentor throughout my Fall 2016 semester at San Diego State University. Having Susan mentor me was by far one of the best decisions I’ve made. She has propelled me to reach new levels of my potential and widen my understanding about the communications field. Susan is a wonderful asset to any student, individual or agency and I could not recommend her wisdom enough. I am blessed with the opportunity to know her and have her as my mentor”.- Alexandra Talaro
“Susan Farese wrote a thoroughly delightful blog post chronicling my journey through middle age and beyond. She asked fun and thought provoking questions and included great images to support the story with links to all things important. It’s certainly one of the most accurately written web articles I’ve had told about my journey in the past 10 years. She is a gifted PR/Marketer”. -Sue Vicory
“I felt great after my interview with Susan, she really knows how to talk to people & because of this natural skill she effortlessly got a great conversation going. The questions she asked me were different & thought provoking.” – Erica McDermott
“Our seven successful performances of Golda’s Balcony in San Diego and Palm Desert didn’t happen in a vacuum. In addition to our cast (Francine!) and crew, we had tremendous support from numerous others… In San Diego our P.R. consultant, Susan Farese and her company SJF Communications did an incredible job of getting the word out including coverage in major media. Her exceptional professionalism is greatly appreciated by all”. – Jay Kholos, November 12, 2015
“Susan Farese was absolutely vital to helping launch my performing career on the West Coast. I moved here from the East Coast, and despite success there, struggled to break in to the San Diego scene on my own. After just one session with Susan, I walked away with so much insider knowledge that would have taken me years to gain alone, including (1) the who’s who of theaters, artistic directors (+contact info), auditions, vocal coaches, and dance classes, (2) key recommendations on how, and with whom to network, and (3) invaluable advice on headshots and resume content. Susan really knows her stuff and will fill you in on everything you don’t know. After following her advice, I met all the right people, and after only a few months started to see major results, both in my skills (because of great coaching) and performance opportunities (started getting cast in professional shows). On top of it all, Susan is an absolute delight , she’s extremely supportive and truly cares about her clients. What are you waiting for?” – Alex Nemiroski, 12/5/16