About Sophie

Way way back, before I started this course and my Visual Communication company. I was an aspirational Art & Design student trying to combine my super intense high school workload with figuring out my college application. I really wanted to study at the Art & Design school of my dreams so I wouldn't have to go to a regular non-creative college.


I wanted to be able to prove to myself that I could pursue a creative lifestyle and I could do the things I love every single day and finally express my creative desires.


The thing is, I was struggling so bad, finding the time and figuring out what the application entailed... let alone create a portfolio. That meant I wasn’t able to prove to myself that I could pursue a creative lifestyle, let alone do the things I love every day.


To make things worse, I felt terrible because I was trying to juggle between finishing high school and focusing on the future. I felt even worse about the situation because I wasn't sure if I was good enough. I felt like no one understood what I was going through. I felt alone. 

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The problem was that I realised that, even when I had figured out what to do, there was no one around to either coach or help me on whether I was doing the right or wrong thing. Which meant If I didn't find someone to give me pointers or show me the way soon, I was on the verge of watching my dreams fall apart, which meant I need to find someone to show me the way. Then, as if by chance, something amazing happened...


That's when I was able to attend a summer course at the school of my dreams all about concept development, portfolio building and more! It was now crystal clear to me how to how important it is to build a portfolio to increase your chances to get accepted, because I saw I would have an unfair advantage over others when doing the admission interviews. But what I also learned is that I could have never done this by myself, you need to ask for help, ask for feedback and stop trying to figure it out on your own instead. As a result I had surrounded myself with experts on the subject who could give me feedback. After I did that, I started experimenting more, feeling more free to step outside my comfort zone. Suddenly, I was confident enough that I would sail through the admission process. That’s when I realised that the secret to combine my high school workload with figuring out my college application was to express your personality in your work.


My plan was to start filling in the application form as soon as it came online. So I started filtering my work to only keep the best pieces. But I didn’t stop there. I then had asked for some more feedback from different experts. After that, I rocked my interview and they accepted me on the spot. But wait a minute... 

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I got lucky! If I hadn’t done that summer course, if I hadn’t interviewed all these students and if I hadn’t asked for feedback from creatives and spent countless hours preparing on how to talk about my work exactly like all of these people told me… I would have failed!


Then later on, during my studies and after graduation, I was approached many many times by other teens that were having the same questions, doubts and fears I had at the time. They had no idea what a portfolio was, why they needed it and I saw students get rejected despite their real talent and ambition. Needless to say that broke my heart. 

All of this inspired me to create a step-by-step coaching program to guide aspirational students in that process to increase their chances to get accepted and help them find the best way to showcase their personality and their work.


But quickly I saw that I could only help a few students at a time. I tried cloning myself, but it didn’t work, haha. I thought that if I could create something that would make it possible to help thousands of students in one go, that would make everyone happy.

After 8 months of research, talking to tons of experts in their field, spending countless hours interviewing different art and design graduates for their top tips and hacks on how to get into Art & Design school, I was able to design a foolproof program.


Then I spent another few months getting all of this information structured and online, testing, tweaking and 12 hour days refining every single aspect of it: the online course was born. I can now say we have the most sophisticated complete end-to-end solution in the market. I then started to let other creative teenagers use this online course.


As a result of all this I was able to achieve the following: help thousands of creative teenagers use the exact step-by-step system I now use to help them create their personal and unique portfolio, create an easy path for anyone who wants to apply to Art & Design school and assist any aspirational designer or artist in building up their confidence to sail through their admission process. 

After creating this online course, I was not only able to help students make their dream a reality, I’ve also been able to stop students and myself trying to re-invent the wheel, because I can now aggregate all of the material into one clear step-by-step process.


And in the end, all of this means I’m now able to help a lot more people achieve their dream of becoming the artist or designer they always wanted to be with a lot less pain and effort.


I designed this course to save you time, stress and money. You could do the following: spend countless hours searching on Pinterest for unique portfolio ideas, stress out not knowing whether your work is strong enough and not knowing when it’s finished, apply and hope for the best get rejected several times and then finally get into Art & Design school.




You could follow my lead and I will teach you how to do this faster, cheaper and in a fool proof way. We both know you can do this. The question is do you want to take the long way or the short way to get there.


Inside the course I teach: how to prepare for your application, how to get accepted, even if you don’t have any experience and how to gain an unfair advantage over others.

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