You want this to happen so badly. But it takes understanding, support, and guidance. Reaching your dream of a pitch ready portfolio isn’t meant to be something completed by yourself. It takes someone to walk beside you and believe in you.

After a wonderful career as an art director and creative director in advertising and now working in the surface pattern design world, I have extensive experience with the creative process. Over 25 years as a creative director has taught me how to navigate the overwhelm and the fear, and I can’t wait to reach out and walk with you through reviewing and understanding portfolios and crafting creative work. I am offering my experience and insights to review your work, focus your personal style, and make your portfolio pitch ready. So you can say to yourself, "I have the right content in my portfolio and the right confidence in my heart."

we can do this together!

"I have the right
content in my portfolio
and the right
confidence in my heart."

Personal confidence Coaching



Sue Krizman is a master of artistic creative concepts, design principles, presentations, humor, and kindness. That’s a pretty good list! It’s rare to find people who are both extremely knowledgeable and extremely helpful. If you’re looking to learn about narrative, design, portfolios, and presentations, look no further. You found her.

Pat Pujolas
Creative Director

Sue Krizman was one of my mentors and I suggest she be one of yours, too. For many reasons! She’s a natural teacher and leader who knows how to evaluate and deconstruct concepts, assemble presentations, and deliver them with confidence to specific audiences. Oh yeah, and she makes me laugh, all the time. I can’t think of anyone I’d recommend higher.

Debbie Riddle
Art Director

“A bird sitting in a tree
is never afraid of the branch breaking, because its trust
is not in the branch, but in its own wings.
Always believe in yourself.”

what others are saying:

Charlie Wardle

Sue is the consummate professional when giving creative feedback. She knows her craft, and knows how to pass along her knowledge in such a way that is constructive. She not only gives clear direction and critique, but also shares the principles behind the creative direction. And she goes about doing this graciously, never heavy handed or overbearing! Truly one of the nicest people I know.

Todd Moser
TM Creative

coaching options

Portfolio growth package

• 3 Individual coaching sessions through ZOOM, duration 1 hour each (value $525)
• 3 post-session PDFs summarizing the coaching conversation, briefing actionable steps and proposed benchmark timelines
• 3 between-session mini check-ins on a private Voxer Voice messaging channel for accountability and encouragement. (A value of 1 additional hour valued at $175 included for free!)

Portfolio individual session

• 1 Individual coaching session through ZOOM, duration 1 hour (value $200)
• A post-session PDF summarizing the coaching conversation, briefing actionable steps and proposed benchmark timelines
• Choice of coaching session focus – portfolio organization and narrative, mindset renewal, one specific collection critique, or personal style consultation

NOTE: This is not a review to teach InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop. I am happy to work with you where you are - obviously the larger body of work can provide more complete feedback. Have your work digitally showable through our shared ZOOM.

Understanding the unique hurdles that a creative artist faces, we will walk through those challenges of feeling overwhelmed, frozen in place, and fearful to making the right choices. Moving forward on a clear path with simple steps that will prepare you to make real progress.

We will cover:
     • The top 3 things you need in your first portfolio
     • A personal self check list you can use for a great portfolio
     • 5 portfolio hacks for beginners
     • A list of options to format your first portfolio
     • How to tell a story with your portfolio/what is your narrative
     • My favorite mock-up resources
     • How to introduce yourself!

Your art and your dream are VALUABLE and needed in the world!
Your ideas and inspirations are closer than you think to a finished presentation. However, presenting them so they truly shine can take a different kind of work. You know it’s worth it and you are determined, but you also know you weren’t meant to do it alone.

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