Welcome to the Spring 2021 Temple Freelancing Marketplace! Members of this year’s Marketplace have all completed the Springboard to Launch (STL) Freelancing Mentorship program, where high-potential Temple freelancers are given intensive mentoring over several weeks as they move through the launch process. This talented group includes freelancers offering products and services in the areas of photography, graphic design, writing, consulting, video/film, food, and events.

2021 Springboard to Launch Freelancers



Gabbi Ott, Tyler School of Art ‘22

Currently based in Philadelphia, Gabriella Rose Design by graphic artist Gabbi Ott specializes in digital graphics and custom shoe design. Gabriella Rose Design is all about individuality, engaging designs, and bringing visions to life. Whether it’s branding and social media graphics, or a custom pair of hand-painted kicks, Gabbi will help to create a personalized and unique experience for your desired designs.

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Chen-Yi Wu, Theater, Film, and Media Arts ‘21

To artists and fine art students in the greater Philadelphia area, See Why Production provides documentation of the working process/ final project presentations, and collaborations with the video design.

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Temple Smith, Temple University ‘22

Flamingo Society is a woman owned and operated small business that offers the best stationery to help you to write it down and make it happen!
Our award-winning planner features:

  • Simple undated formatted weekly/monthly layout
  • Thick paper perfect for gel ink pens and markers
  • Brass covered corners to prevent damage for dropping and packing
  • Gorgeous brass spiral that opens pages to full 360 without unraveling
  • Amazing motivational quotes from diverse women

Flamingo Society planners will help you make the most of your weeks and life!
Write it down and make it happen!

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Balance with Shaheen is centered around YOU and YOUR goals. It is unrealistic to give everybody the same plan and expect results, and that is why I am here. I will help you find your routine and learn to love the process each day by providing:

  • Customized Workout Program​
  • Nutrition Tips n’ Tricks
  • Workout Tips n’ Tricks
  • Grocery Suggestions List
  • Exercise Video Vault
  • 24/7 Access and Unlimited Guidance
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Justine Imburgio, College of Education ‘22

Justine Imburgio is an experienced writer providing personalized stories for your and your company. Own a stylized piece of non-fiction telling the story of how you and your partner met or one capturing your family’s intricate personal history. Have a company? Capture the ethos of your passion through a tailored story describing your mission. No matter your purpose, Justine Imburgio understands the value of story-telling to bring people together and to articulate the magic of everyday life.

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William Valencia, Boyer School of Music ‘21

The Festival Internacional de Música Guaranda is an educational, social and cultural project of decentralization that educates through classical music. It is based on two fundamental pillars, educational and interpretative, which provide comprehensive training through workshops, seminars, master classes and concerts while having close interactions with internationally renowned artists and professionals.

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Lawrence McGlynn, Klein College ‘19

The Hall Monitor Interactive News Project is dedicated to providing low-income Philadelphians with important information and actionable items regarding city and government programs, legislation, and consumer affairs via television, radio, web, and social media.

We share important information with our audience via our free newsletter, and generate revenue using our premium products, which include our week-in-review newsletter.

We are interested in connecting with potential subscribers, donors, and partners.

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Fareed Simpson-Hankins, Boyer College of Music ‘21

Fareed Simpson is a freelance musician who plays the trumpet. He plays a variety of music, including jazz, r&b and pop music. He specializes in special events such as weddings, parties and funerals. Fareed enjoys playing music to bring people together with live music to celebrate special occasions, solemnly reminiscing about a loved one, or having a celebratory sendoff/parade.

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Aaron Tobin, Temple University IME ‘21

To student-athletes, “Aarontobin Media” provides hands-on coaching that connects with athletes by asking personal questions resulting in an understanding of their core values. This is imperative to building an authentic brand. Authenticity drives traction for athletes’ social media channels which results in more followers and further business opportunities. Athletes’ will receive a clear picture of how they can utilize each platform to grow their message and create unique content consumers gravitate towards.


Karl Kraus, Fox School of Business

The Temple Small Business Development Center belongs to a nationally accredited network of SBDCs. Our highly trained and experienced staff are here to provide start-ups and established small businesses with professional knowledge and assistance to grow and succeed through no-cost consulting services, educational programming, capital access assistance, and referrals to entrepreneurial resources in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

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Jen Denis

With over 20 years of experience in the creative industry, Jen Denis, currently Creative Director for Green Thumb Industries, specializes in brand development via visual storytelling. She has led creative teams in advertising agency settings, worked as an independent brand consultant, built brands from the ground up as an in-house Chief Brand Officer. Her mission through both career and recreational pursuits centers on challenging one’s limits and expectations to embrace life at its fullest.

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Desiree Cavalancia, Tyler School of Art ‘11

Desiree has been making jewelry since she was 15 years old with the encouragement of her family and a very influential art teacher. After moving to Philadelphia in 2011, she received her BFA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art followed by a masters degree from Fox School of Business. She worked full time at a gemstone dealer on Jewelers’ Row before finally establishing her company in 2016. Désideria Collection is known for creativity and exclusivity; her custom designs combine natural forms with antique jewelry styles to create something totally unique to each client.

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Erica Wernick

Coming from Philadelphia with no connections to the entertainment industry, Erica booked her first TV show just two weeks after moving to Los Angeles. Over the past decade, Erica has lived her dream, designing graphics for television and film. You can see her work on hit shows like Glee, The Office, Superstore, and most recently Top Chef. After fulfilling her own dream, Erica felt called to help other Hollywood creatives with their dreams, and started a coaching business. Since then, Erica has developed a reputation as Hollywood’s Leading Success Coach, and between herself and her clients, they’ve booked work on over 60 television shows and films on every major network, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and more.

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Jen Herczeg

Jen has over 15 years of experience in food and beverage branding, strategy and digital marketing working for best-in-class brands like Chipotle Mexican Grill, Whole Foods Market, Starbucks Coffee Company and Di Bruno Bros. to name a few, often serving on special teams focusing on innovation, growth and strategy. She holds an MBA in Marketing and International Business from Temple University, where she also serves as an adjunct professor, and a BA in Communication from Villanova University and Pastry & Baking certificate from the Institute of Culinary Education. Jen enjoys taking advantage of Philadelphia’s vibrant farmers markets, outstanding restaurants and independent shops, and serves on the Board of the South Philly Food Co-op and works with Edible Philly magazine.

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Connecting with our STL freelancers is a great opportunity to not only help yourself, but support our budding solopreneurs at Temple. Thank you for your support of our students and alumni and we look forward to many successful collaborations between our talented constituencies!