“Working with Justine has allowed me to make monumental changes in my business that I have been wanting to make and never felt I had the time or strategies to make happen on my own. She totally "got" me and geared my sessions towards the particular struggles I needed to address (short-term and long-term). She helped me in so many ways, from soul searching what I really want out of my business to figuring out how to deal with day-to-day business issues that came up. I am now working with the type of clients I want to work with and have improved my time management to be more productive and less overwhelmed. I am moving my business in a direction I feel so excited about and know I would not have been able to make these transitions without Justine.”
Jodi Kostelnik, Hello Neighbor Designs
“I had a wonderful time working with Justine. With her guidance, I was able to make some fundamental changes in my work , as well as personal life. She understood right away who I am and what I needed to move forward and grow as a person and business. She helped me be more confident, to not be afraid of big changes, and to stay positive at all times. Together we figured out my business niche, developed a concise mission statement and came up with a new company name and website, which will launch in December. Due to Justine's support I was able to transform from a freelancer to an actual business. Signing up for her coaching services was certainly one of the best investments I made in 2015"
Steffi Sauer -Graphic/ Web Designer dedicated to helping pioneers build their brand and make a difference in the world
“Working with Justine was one of the best decisions I've ever made. After experiencing a few wonderful and exciting career shifts, I got to a point where I didn't know how to get from where I currently was, to my dream of growing a creative services business with clients all over the world.
Justine's no-nonsense coaching sessions were a real journey of self-discovery for me - she helped me believe in the real value of my work, as well as my goal. She connects the dots, getting down to the nitty gritty with tough love, but constantly saw my overall vision.
Within months of completing my Pitch Perfect sessions with Justine, I've developed an increasing number of relationships with global clients like World Bank, United Nations, and multi-national startups in Europe and Africa.
Thank you Justine for helping me shift my perspective of myself as a professional in order to live my dream of going global and doing what I love!”
Khania Curtis, Founder and Creative Director, Hotworks
“I contacted Justine when I was at a transitional moment in my career. After 6 years as the founder and creative director of a fashion site, I sold it and began looking for new opportunities. My challenge was that although I had many skills, I wasn't sure how to put them together in a way to market myself to others.
At that point, I really wanted someone to say "you would be good in X position, let's re-write your resume for that". That is not what she did at all! Instead, Justine gave me a series of assignments that really helped bring clarity around what I was authentically interested in and even allowed me to see some talents I took for granted. In the end, I had a clear vision of the direction I wanted to pursue and a confidence that I believe helped me get the work I'm doing (and really love) now.
Justine's personality is very warm and down-to-earth and she understands the needs of professional creatives in today's marketplace. I highly recommend her”
Katya Moorman - Creative Consultant and Image Maker at Katya Moorman
“Change. That word best describes what Justine has done for me. I started working with her when I had the merest glimmer of an idea of what I wanted to do and she helped me to clarify and build that idea into something real that has transformed me. She is smart, well-connected and energetic. She is the magic tonic that makes things happen”
Linda Kocur, founder of Miss Boxwood Paper Goods
“My experience working with Justine was amazing! Having worked with other coaches who end up being "therapists" or "guidance counselors", Justine was a partner. She got involved in the work - helping me to curate my collection, write and re-write my statements, plan the design, layout and content for my website - all in one VIP day! I felt she was more than a coach, but rather a business partner. My only regret is that I didn't work with her sooner!”
Alyssa Peek, Peek Photography and Photo Art
“Justine is a brilliant 'creative whisperer'. Working with her as I switched paths and started my company, brought me clarity, confidence and most importantly, sanity. Her process is based on logical and actionable steps and her reassuring calm and fun demeanor gave me the confidence I needed. She was instrumental in helping me create a clear plan for building a successful business. And it doesn’t hurt that she has deep well of contacts to call on to help with the myriad of details in building one’s business. I have sent many grateful friends to her and four years in, she remains a valued and trusted counsel.”
Alex Bates, Flint & Kent
“At Freelancers Union events, our members have high standards; they want clear, usable guidance, presented creatively and un-stuffily. Justine exceeded even that high benchmark - she did an exceptional job of hosting our Freelance 360 workshop. She engaged every single person in the room, giving them a wide range of effective tools and tips to promote themselves"
“Justine has helped me turn 25 years of professional experience inside PR agencies into a fresh new brand of my own. The money I spent on Justine was one of the best investment I have ever made. As a result of our work together, I know who my ideal clients are; I am comfortable holding out for them; and I have the confidence to ask for - and command - the fees that I deserve.”
Nancy Weltchek, Weltchek Writes
“In just a one-hour session, Justine was able to quickly identify my unique abilities in the creative industry and frame them so beautifully into words. I could not see it myself for years and I therefore think I have been very lucky to meet Justine on my new career path in New York. I recommend her to anyone who is searching for a way to stand out in the competitive creative market and for a personal brand identification. Thank you Justine!”
Maria Savina, Interior Designer
“Working with Justine gave us the clarity, purposeful direction and confidence we needed to push our creative agency to further realms of success! Before meeting Justine, we had difficulty finding the time and focus to move our marketing strategy forward since we were committed to our existing clients and the demands of running a brand new partnership. Now we have a dedicated marketing strategy that fits wonderfully into our packed schedule, and we have already received new clients in addition to gaining new skills and confidence. Justine is simply the best!"
Andrea Wenglowskyj and Sara Jones of www.kindaesthetic.com
“Justine's guidance and encouragement were invaluable in helping me clarify the unique value that I offer and increasing my confidence in marketing my services. Her distinct perspective was a major asset as I developed the core messages and content that were critical to launching an improved website. Before working with Justine, I took on any project; now I am able to focus on those that offer the greatest benefit to both me and my clients"
Lydia Hooper, founder of Fountain Visual Communications
“Thank you for an amazing presentation. The students were engaged by your materials, inspired by your presentation, and gained both the motivation and practical next steps to move their freelance careers forward.”
Rhonda Schaller, Former Assistant Director of Career Development at School of Visual Arts, NYC.
“WeWork values our members' individuality, entrepreneurship and proactive methods of success. Justine lead a lunch and learn session and engaged each attendee providing insight into how to excel in their diverse industries. Members commented that her message was clear, concise and illuminating, and they also inquired as to when she will return - I hope soon ”
Blaine Ford, Community Director, WeWork NYC.
“Justine is an amazingly valuable resource to the creative community. She provides laser sharp insights and spot on knowledge of the creative world, and is uniquely skilled at working with creative people one-on-one to help navigate your professional journey. I highly recommend Justine and Pitch Perfect to anyone who is at a crossroads and figuring out the next chapter of their career. In clear, actionable steps, she will help guide you to uncover what it is that you truly want in your career, and how to achieve it. Justine is not only incredibly wise and perceptive, she is also a genuinely wonderful person who creates a "safe space" to discuss your life and career choices.”
Stacey Lieberman, Creative Director, SpotCo.
“After 18 years of art directing, I realized I needed to define myself and learn how to talk about my specific strengths and experiences when seeking clients and jobs. Working with Justine gave me the clear insight I needed to effectively edit my skills and really narrow in on the things that make me, me. It was a truly valuable experience that ultimately led me to a dream job. Thank you!!"
Amy Demas, Creative Director, White House | Black Market
“I had the fortunate opportunity to work with Justine at a point in my business where I needed to re-position myself. As I sought to both define and refine my next professional move, she systematically helped me to assess my strenghts and opportunities. Together we designed a strategic marketing approach for my business, which in combination with her compassionate and supportive coaching style, enabled me to move forward with a heightened sense of confidence. I've come to consider Justine a trusted advisor, especially in my field of marketing, consulting and copywriting. I'd recommend her highly to anyone looking for that very rare combination of professional competence and sheer compassion for helping others"
Lori Hill, Marketing consultant and copywriter
“I love to listen to Justine! Her workshops and talks are fun, engaging and full of practical ideas. Her advice has made an instant impact on my career"
Evi Abeler, food, product and interior photographer
“I've taken several networking and marketing workshops over the years, but none as helpful as Justine's. Many presenters have a 'Just do it' cheerleader approach that left me feeling like I had a problem I had to get over instead of empowered and excited. Justine is intelligent, positive and grounded, and she makes you realize taht you have far more resources and abilities than you thought you had. She understands that self-promotion and speaking to strangers is awkward for most of us and normalizes it. She is a warm and clear teacher who shares great anecdotes about herself as well as helpful case studies. By the time we left, my best friend and I walked out with actionable skills, feeling great, and started meeting once a week to support each other in building our businesses."
Ann Husaini, Film and Television editor
"Justine is a valuable resource for creative talent. From informal conversations to full business discussions, Justine asks the right questions and delivers genuine, thoughtful advice. Her workshops are overflowing with valuable information and she thoroughly engages the audience with her wealth of knowledge and professionalism"
Kristin Leu - Creative Director
"Justine is a joy to work with. She is very good at simplifying, focusing and strategizing. She has a sharp vision from many angles, great ideas and a wealth of knowledge and connections. Justine's intuition has helped guide my work and process in a much better direction for me. She is savvy, elegant, direct and generous. I highly recommend her and do do to all of my friends"
Christina Sun - Illustrator