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Creative Sounding Board

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10 per session - Virtual OK

Need an outside perspective on a creative project? Working on something meaningful to you and feeling stuck? I will gladly brainstorm with you, listen to your ideas, and bounce thoughts around to help you bust any blocks between you and your creative goal. Sometimes all you need is someone else to listen and suddenly the cobwebs clear and you're on your way to success. Artists of all kinds need to network and brainstorm together in order to do what we do. Let me be that support for you. I especially know that it can be crucial to talk through things with a stranger. Friends are great, but sometimes they know you too well and make assumptions based on what they know of you. I'm a clean slate with a fresh perspective to offer.

I will give you 30 minutes of focused brainstorm/sounding board time via Skype. If you have any material I need to look over ahead of time, you can send it to me so I can be prepared for our session. If the prep will be especially long, we may need to negotiate a different Simbi/service trade to compensate my time spent. We can work it out!

What kinds of projects am I talking about? Here are some ideas, but the sky's the limit!
*Poetry
*Short Stories
*Novels
*D&D Campaigns
*Scripts
*Plotting
*Thesis development(for a paper, admissions essay, etc.)
*Title development (for your book, business, recipe--heck, I'll even help you brainstorm names for your unborn child!)
*Dreaming up your own small business
*Birthday party themes/decorations/activities
*You name it!

Training & Qualifications


Bachelors Degree in Theatre and English

I am a trained writing tutor. Most of the training involves learning how to help people develop and express ideas, so even if your project doesn't involve writing, I have a skill set that can at least help you successfully brainstorm your brilliant ideas and start laying the groundwork for putting your ideas into action.

I am also a professional teaching artist in theatre and have worked on many devised theatre pieces from scratch. I know how to take ideas and make them into something meaningful.

I also write murder mystery games, so I am well versed in taking a bunch of pieces (clues and deceptions) and weaving them together into something cohesive and fun.

All of these qualifications mean that I am skilled in problem solving and creating one big project out of many piecemeal ideas.

Availability & Preferences


I'm a stay at home mom these days, so I can be fairly flexible. Evenings might be the easiest, but we can work out day time and weekend sessions as needed.

Trading Preference: I’m flexible, just hit me up!

Reviews of Justine


Jay received session of Creative Sounding Board from Justine
Apr 20, 2018
I had to much fun collaborating with Justine. We instantly vibed and I even noticed at one point I would be thinking of an idea and she would say it! ...This was such an awesome session. Before contacting her, I'd hit a wall in coming up with a name for a new idea I'm launching soon. By the end of our session, she'd helped me come up with a domain name and 3 additional names. Thank you so much Justine! I'm looking forward to us collaborating again soon. :-) show more
Megan received session of Creative Sounding Board from Justine
Mar 08, 2018
Justine was a great help and really helped me think through a lot of things.
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Monique received unit of Poem or Post Card Pick Me Up from Justine
May 01, 2018
Justine is such a beautiful and selfless individual. I'm really glad to have met her here in Simbi. The postcard she sent made my week! She even wrote... a poem with so much love. I truly appreciate all the efforts she put into this beautiful postcard. Thanks so much for sending me such a lovely postcard Justine! ❤show more
Natalina received session of Writing Tutoring from Justine
Apr 27, 2018
Justine is wonderful, I'm looking forward to continued work together!
Jonathan received unit of Chat with a New Christian from Justine
Mar 12, 2018
Had a great time talking with Justine! She's very knowledgeable and provided a great amount of information!
Emily received package of Customized Murder Mystery Game from Justine
Feb 19, 2018
Wonderful service! I can't wait to host my party!
Rianne received unit of Poem or Post Card Pick Me Up from Justine
Jan 17, 2018
So kind and thoughtful. She is great to work with.
Sarah received unit of Poem or Post Card Pick Me Up from Justine
Nov 20, 2017
Very kind and easy to work with. Can't wait to see my card. Thank you!
Brooks received package of Customized Murder Mystery Game from Justine
Nov 13, 2017
Great working with Justine; very creative!
Kayla provided Help with Photos of Playgrounds for Justine
Sep 18, 2017
Glad to help her with her! She was quick to respond :)


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About Justine Buss

I consider myself an artist parent. I am currently a stay at home mom to two crazy youngsters and am also a writer, performer, theatre coach, and murder mystery party game creator. I am a devout Swe...denborgian (part of a really cool New Christianity) and believe that creativity is essential to leading a useful and happy life. Creativity, family, and faith are the three most important things to me. Keeping them all balanced is tricky, but I delight in the challenge. It's all just life. I went to Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania and got my degree in English and Theatre with concentrations in acting and performance studies. I spent a semester abroad at Queen Mary in London and will always be an avid Anglophile. I will most definitely go back someday. I have worked as a writing tutor, production manager, and teaching artist. I am from the US, but my husband and I moved to Toronto two years ago. We love it here and hope we are able to stay for a while. To wrap up, I love seafood, singing, watching movies, carbs, writing, shopping, and spending time with my family. show more

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