“SJF Communications was delightful to work with. Susan dug in deep to help us find the right audience for our message. Her work was top notch — professional and engaging. With her support, we were able to get our storytellers in front of an international audience,” co-editor of the men’s mental health anthology Guts, Grit & The Grind, Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D.”
Testimonial for SJF Communications Via Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., Professional Speaker, Podcaster & Impact Entrepreneur and Co-Editor of Guts, Grit & The Grind
“Susan is an amazing publicist. She has so many skills, but if she doesn’t know how to do something, she will learn. And fast. She is great at Troubleshooting and she is very connected to people in the media. I highly recommend her.”
“I took Susan Farese’s Haiku Class in a time when we may be a bit “stale”. Being confined at home has dulled the feelings. I am not a writer or that creative. What Susan’s class did for me was awaken my senses. I was able to tap into some happy and sad moments in my haiku. It was cathartic, enlightening and extremely engaging. I left the class feeling more appreciative of the world and very proud of myself! I will continue to write Haiku as it doesn’t take a lot of time and it is fun! Susan was able to influence me with techniques that will stay with me forever.”
-Karen De Arana
“I really enjoyed your Haiku class and thought it was really informative! I had so much fun creating my first Haikus thanks to you! I did not think I could do it but your expertise and support really helped. What a fun way to spend my Saturday afternoon. Thank you so much. I am going to keep writing Haikus. You have sparked an interest for me! Thank you!”
“Susan is an incredible mentor who really takes the time and effort to get to know her students on a personal level. She has made legitimate investment in my personal success and I cannot rave enough about her guidance and level of aptitude.”
-Julien des Pres
“Susan has been my mentor at SDSU for the past 2 years that I have been at SDSU. Susan is phenomenal when it comes to any assistance with career planning, life questions, medical and so much more. With Susan as my mentor, I was able to establish a successful plan on how to juggle a fast paced life with school and work. Thank you Susan for all your time and help! It has been a pleasure.”
“Susan Farese has been great to work with, both as my publicist and as a friend. We shared many productive and enjoyable sessions as we prepared my book launch for The Dance Centre Presents Giselle. Then the pandemic hit and I had to pull back for financial reasons. I highly recommend her to anyone needing a terrific networking person!”
-Chi Varnado, Author, ‘The Dance Centre Presents’ Book Series
“Susan J. Farese and her public relations firm https://sjfcommunications.com is truly unstoppable. I have had the pleasure to work with Susan for just over two years with her doing public relations for my Amazon Best Seller “Haboob Wind”, along with my speaking and book signing events. Susan also developed my website “thetommyanderson.com” and I love it. She set up my blog, monitored my tweets, Facebook authors Page, press releases, photos, video, and also my Instagram account. I could list her many accomplishments for me as a publicist and now as a friend as well. I highly recommend Susan for any of your public relations needs. Susan is a bull dog (in a good way) when she represents you and you have little to worry about with her guiding your way through this maze of social media, press, and events”.
-Tommy Anderson, Author/Screenwriter/Speaker and Podcast Host
“Susan has been a pleasure to work with and made a difference in so many students’ lives as a mentor. She is approachable, personable and goes above and beyond to connect with students where they are at. We appreciate her participation in the Aztec Mentor Program over the years”
– Diane Marin, Alumni and Career Development and Aztec Mentor Program, San Diego State University
“Susan J. Farese of SJF Communications is simply the best! If you want to work with someone who believes in your project as if it was her own, then Susan is the person you want to hire. From the moment I met Susan, I knew that she would become one of the best collaborators I have worked with—she asked great questions, she listened intently, and then offered a wealth of ideas about what we needed to accomplish and how we would be successful in getting it done. Susan recently designed and launched my new website – patriciageistmartin.com and facilitated my navigating and utilizing it. Even more, Susan is a sleuth—she investigates and finds some of the best avenues for promoting your work. Not only did I find the best marketing and PR person in Susan, she has become a friend that I look forward to working with in my next project”.
-Patricia Geist-Martin, Ph.D.
– Testimonial for SJF Communications via Patricia Geist-Martin, Ph.D., Professor Emerita in the School of Communication at San Diego State University. Her research examines the stories people tell in making sense of their lives, particularly in their journeys through health and illness. Falling in Love with the Process: Cultivating Resilience in Health Crises: A Stroke Survivor’s Story (2020), is Dr. Geist-Martin’s fifth book.
“Susan was instrumental in getting my moms book noticed. She spent four months arranging speaking platforms and book signings and really elevated the “appearance” of the book giving it legs that it didn’t have already. We are grateful for the guidance and the exposure that Susan shared with us.”
-Joshua Carr, LimonCarr Desert Theatricals
“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