The Heroine’s Journey of Emily Zuzik

What is the best thing that I love about my work?  What I love most about my work is honestly believing that my passion and music affects others. I have seen when I express something in song honestly from my life that a listener will often come up after and tell me how they too had that experience and somehow hearing it through someone else helped them in some way. A spiritual connection happens in music, and I’m honored to be able to have that experience in life.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?  
I like being in nature with people I love and no deadlines. I love meditating in nature. I love exploring new places with my husband and daughter. Or even by myself. Unbridled open spaces fill me up with immeasurable happiness and peace and even excitement.

What is my greatest fear?  
I fear losing someone and feeling I could have helped them. In essence, losing control in situations.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?  
It’s a combination of my rage and my lack of patience (usually hand in hand). Both have served me in situations in the past, but the older I become, I see how much less useful they are to me. They tend to make me lose presence and I miss out on many subtle beautiful moments that I’ll never get back.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? 
Sheryl Crow, Pink, Dolly Parton

What is my greatest extravagance?  
Shoes and clothing.

On what occasion would I lie?  
I would lie if the truth fit this scenario: Does it have to be said? Does it have to be said right now? Does it have to be said by me right now?

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?  
I dislike blatent and subtle forms of sexism or sexual harassment. Nepotism. I also dislike the cult of mediocrity, like safer forms of art/entertainment that don’t resonate on a deeper level.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?  
I’ve been most happy when I am part of a great event, usually one with lots of contributors and promoters (so work/word is evenly distributed) , one that is well received and one with a charitable benefactor. Fundraisers are a great way to do what you love and do service for a community. I love performing and connecting with an audience.

If I could, what would I change about myself?  
Tame my rage and be more patient in stressful situations, without losing my confidence or voice to stand up to injustice.

What is my greatest achievement in work?  
I have performed and contributed to many charitable events and music compilations over the years. Simply on a “me” scale, I wrote and sang a song with Moby for his Destroyer album that I am proud of. Also, I sang in two sold out shows with Blue Man Group at the Hollywood Bowl from a performance perspective. Currently, I feel like I’m getting to a deeper level as a songwriter as well as being in the best vocal shape of my life.

Where would I most like to live? 
I like where I live now in Los Angeles. I could foresee living in Nashville sometime in the future though, or also, return to New York for a spell.

What is my most treasured possession? 
My most prized possessions are my 1970s Gibson Southern Jumbo Deluxe acoustic guitar and my 1930s Edwardian engagement ring.

What is my most marked characteristic? 
I laugh. A Lot. I also can get up and perform in most capacities without fear or prep.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?  
The gardens at Mt. Washington’s Self Realization Center.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? 
Salazar near the LA River.

What books influenced my life and how? 
The Sheltering Sky—it introduced me to the romantic and spiritual energy of Northern Africa while simultaneously describing the inverse feminist comfort in disappearing from the world.

Who are my favorite writers? 
Paul Bowles, Anais Nin

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? 
Maybe Dvorak or David Bowie. Possibly John Lennon.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My heroes are women who are real life warriors–those who fight injustice or fight to help their families survive. These are women and men who work together so that every person gets a fair shot in this life.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? 
Krystov Kieslowski’s “Blue”

What role plays art in my life and work? 
Art and passion are what feed my soul and what drives me to become a better human and artist.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?  
My greatest fan is probably either my husband or my daughter.

Whom would I like to work with in 2017?  
There are dream scenarios, but most of the folks I’ve wanted to work with in my local circles of musicians/artists, I’ve been lucky to work with. I’m sure there will be more I want to work with and am talking to many people about that now, but I’m trying to aim more locally and widen my web so that the dream scenarios (over time) won’t seem impossible because we’ll already be distantly connected.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017? 
Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Pink, Sheryl Crow, Josh Homme,

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on?  
I’m writing songs for a new album. I’m co-writing with several artists in different genre for projects. I’m singing with many younger and older artists to celebrate legendary artists in tribute shows. I’m working on helping to build my daughter’s school into an even greater place through volunteer work and service. I’m working on my character flaws to become a better and more honest person and artist.

Where can you see me or my work in 2017?
Most of my recorded work is available on iTunes, CDBaby, and streamable online. I also post many acoustic performances on my YouTube channel,
I see the projects I’ve completed as stepping stones in my life and work’s story. I hope that it will all make sense over time and with any luck, evolve and grow to become even richer in depth and clarity.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 
It means you don’t stop doing what you love just because you are older. Passion continually challenges you and gives you opportunities to grow. I love that dynamic.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Emily Spokes, Boxcar Muse founder
Nikki Diaz, spokesmodel for adults with disabilities
April Duran, DJ/Founder of Rag House Radio/Mother/Supporter of Women’s Music

How can you contact me?
@emilyzuzik (Instagram and Twitter)
I have a short story published in this women’s spiritual travel compilation.
What follows is a message of Peter de Kuster,  the founder of the Heroine’s Journey

What is Your Story?

One 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.


What Can I Expect?

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

Journey Outline


  • 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?


  • 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 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


The “What is your Story?” one day fee is Euro 995 excluding VAT per person

Questions? Contact Peter de Kuster at 0031 6 33661772 or mail him at




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