The Heroine’s Journey of Caroline M.

What is the best thing that I love about my work? When everything comes into place on stage, when I feel like I’m channeling something that is out of this world when singing, and telling a story. Seeing that music can heal anything and anyone, too. Also meeting amazing people sometimes, having the feeling of finding back my celestial family.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Being in peace with oneself and the world(s) sourrounding us. Quiet strength. (or a chimney fire, a glass of red wine & a cat on my lap)

What is my greatest fear? Fear itself, I think. And loosing my freedom.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? A kind of irrational sadness & crippling shyness.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? From Nick Cave to Kayhan Kalhor, there are so many… The band Kíla (Ronan O’ Snodaigh) has been mesmerizing me for more than 15 years now. Also the voices of Asmahan & Fairouz always accompany me.

What is my greatest extravagance? Speaking to plants & animals as much as to myself, since always (as long as this can be considered an extravagance).

On what occasion would I lie? On such an occasion ! No really, either not to unnecessarily hurt someone’s feelings, or to protect my own tranquility.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Being forced to exchange with a commercial network which has way too much power over what can be produced or not, and absolutely no artistic concern.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I saw/see people moved to tears by music, as if it frees a memory. Feeling that what you sing is pure love and that it can touch, move and help absolutely anyone.

If I could, what would I change about myself? About everything. More seriously an indeniable and sickening lack of confidence.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Believing in it. Fighting for it to be heard, and considering myself entitled to be a woman who sings.

Where would I most like to live? Floating among the stars, or moving constantly, from Ireland, to Russia, to Greece…

What is my most treasured possession? My freedom.

What is my most marked characteristic? Making jokes no matter what, I suppose.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Place Louis Aragon, in Paris, on the Île de la Cité. Montmartre & the Sacré Coeur have always been doing something for me, too.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? At my place ! Besides the Petit Joseph Dijon where I love to have a drink because the owners are amazing, and the Rue des Rosiers, where I could die under a pile of poppy seeds strüdel.

What books influenced my life and how? The Picture of Dorian Gray », it made me discover Oscar Wilde whom I now know and love the work. Charles Baudelaire, starting with « Les Fleurs du Mal », to « Mon Coeur Mis à Nu » and « Le Spleen de Paris ». The works of Antonin Artaud and Michel Foucault also. « Cyrano de Bergerac » is still one I sometimes carry with me, and, when I was little, I came accross the illustrations of P.J. Lynch throught « East O’ the Sun and West of the Moon ». I love those so much bought it later as and adult. I have no words to explain how they all made me feel really…like recognising old friends.

Who are my favorite writers? Down to two I would say Wilde & Baudelaire.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Chopin ! And something stupid I could dance to.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Lara Croft, from Tomb Raider I. Yes.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? The mother of my mother, my mother, my brother.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? « The Fall », from Tarsem Singh.

What role plays art in my life and work? Being through my love for illustration, painting, poetry, music…it is like a friend, or friends, accompanying me along the way. And it’s been so since always.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Both my amazing twin-like brother Philippe, and Darifa, my sister of heart.

Whom would I like to work with in 2017? I would love to develop a musical project which is already on, around the poetry of Omar Youssef Souleimane, with Lakhdar Hanou, a great oudist and composer, and Bruno Allary, founder of Cie Rassegna. Santiago Caruso & I are also working on a live painting, poetry reading and musical act together. With Gabrielle Jarzynski, another faithful partner in crime, we should create a new project together also, around our respective creations (poetry and music).Nevertheless, if Nick Cave and/or Alireza Ghorbani would like to join me singing…I would say yes.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017? Cave of course, Alireza Ghorbani, Kayhan Kalhor, Ronan O’ Snodaigh and his band…plus, allowing myself to consider someone who is not with us anymore, but whom I love and adore : George Michael.

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? – « D’une Rive à l’Autre », with Omar Youssef Souleimane : http://mrcaroline.com/work/dune-rive-a-lautre

– « La Princesse, l’Ailleurs et les Sioux », a theater project in which I am co-composing and singing live : http://mrcaroline.com/work/la-princesse-lailleurs-et-les-sioux

Where can you see me or my work in 2017? On my website : http://mrcaroline.com/, or Linalone’s : http://linalone.com/ on facebook : https://www.facebook.com/linalonemusic/ and on youtube : https://www.youtube.com/user/linalonemusic/playlists

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? That passion is the energy, the pulse that makes almost everything in this life possible. Passion creates beauty and provides strength, when channelled wisely.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Maya Youssef, amazing qanunist based in London, the more than talented argentinian painter Santiago Caruso, and Walaa Sbait, singer, dancer & percussionist from the great band 47Soul ٤٧.

How can you contact me? – Via my cat, who handles my secretarial work. Or you can try mrcaroline@hotmail.fr, you’ll always have an answer.

What follows is a message of Peter de Kuster,  the founder of the Heroine’s Journey
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What is Your Story?

Two Day Tour with Peter de Kuster  in the greatest bookstores of your favorite city. In Paris, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Berlin, London and Amsterdam we offer this unique What is your Story? experience.  To (re) write your story about yourself and your work. In the process transforming your capacity to successfully have the creative life and work you love. 

In this journey, Peter de Kuster,  founder of The Heroine’s Journey explores with you the way we tell stories about ourselves to ourselves — and, most important, the way we can change those stories to transform our creative business and life.

“Your story is your art, your art is your story,” says Peter. As human beings, we continually tell ourselves stories — of success or failure; of power or victimhood; stories that endure for an hour, or a day, or an entire lifetime. We have stories about our creative challenges, our art, our clients, our money, our self promotion, our time, our families and relationships, our health; about what we want and what we’re capable of achieving. Yet, while our stories profoundly affect how others see us and we see ourselves, too few of us even recognize that we’re telling stories, or what they are, or that we can change them — and, in turn, transform our very destinies.

Telling ourselves stories provides structure and direction as we navigate life’s challenges and opportunities, and helps us interpret our goals and skills. Stories make sense of chaos; they organize our many divergent experiences into a coherent thread; they shape our entire reality. And far too many of our stories, says Peter, are dysfunctional, in need of serious editing. First, he asks you to answer the question, “In which areas of my creative life and business is it clear that I cannot achieve my goals with the story I’ve got?” He then shows you how to create new, reality-based stories that inspire you to action, and take you where you want to go both in your work and personal life.

Our capacity to tell stories is one of our profoundest gifts. Peter’s approach to creating deeply engaging stories will give you the tools to wield the power of storytelling and forever change your creative business and life.

Become a great Storyteller

That’s why I set up What is your Story? service in the great cities of the world and their great bookstores. A new way to use the power of your story.  To guide you to life-changing, eye-opening but often elusive works of literature, both past and present, the books of fiction that truly have the power to enchant, enrich and inspire.

In two days with Peter de Kuster you’ll explore your relationship with books so far and your unique story identity will be sketched. You will be guided to books that can put their finger on what you want to rewrite in your story, the feelings that you may often have had but perhaps never understood so clearly before; books that open new perspectives and re-enchant the world for you.

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire in advance of your session and you’ll be given an instant story advice and books to read to take away. Your full story advice and books to read list will follow within a couple of days.

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What Can I Expect?

Here’s an outline of the WHAT IS YOUR STORY? journey.

Journey Outline

OLD STORIES

  • What is your Story?
  • Are you even trying to tell a Story?
  • Old Stories  (stories about you, your art, your clients, your money, your self promotion, your happiness, your health)
  • Tell your current Story
  • Is this Really Your Story?

YOUR NEW STORY

  • The Premise of your Story. The Purpose of your Life and Art
  • The words on your tombstone
  • You ultimate mission, out loud
  • The Seven Great Plots
  • The Twelve Archetypal Heroines
  • The One Great Story
  • Purpose is Never Forgettable
  • Questioning the Premise
  • Lining up
  • Flawed Alignment, Tragic Ending
  • The Three Rules in Storytelling
  • Write Your New Story

TURNING STORY INTO ACTION

  • Turning your story into action
  • The Story Effect
  • Story Ritualizing
  • The Storyteller and the art of story
  • The Power of Your Story
  • Storyboarding your creative process
  • They Created and Lived Happily Ever After

RESERVATION AND FEES

The “What is your Story?” fee is Euro 2.495 excluding VAT for a private tour with a small group of 1 or 2 people.

Questions? Contact Peter de Kuster at 0031 6 33661772 or mail him at peterdekuster@hotmail.nl

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