The Heroine’s Journey of Sara Chissalè

What is the best thing that I love about my work? One of the best thing I love about my work is the way images come to life. I like to study, sketch, try and try and try until I reach THAT thing. Sometimes it’s frustrating, but this process always makes you grow as an artist and as a person.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? My idea of perfect happiness is doing what I love with the people I love. If you do what you like, you’re never wasting your time and it’s easier to be happy.
What is my greatest fear? I’m afraid to lose the love of the important people in my life. This thought consumes me 😦 And, to be completely honest, I shiver when I think that I could have done everything wrong in my life. Gasp!
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? There are a lot of them, I don’t know which is the most relevant! I’m so bossy sometimes…and opinionated, too. But I’m working hard to smother the ugly aspects of my personality.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? There are a lot of people I admire. First of all, Yuko Shimizu, a great illustrator that worked (and still work) hard in her life. She wasn’t young when she decided to become an illustrator – I admire her courage and motivation. She’s my heroine. Second, I admire the people that put themself into doing something – like illustration or comics. I respect who believe in his/her passion and works hard.
What is my greatest extravagance? I’ve got plenty of them…I choose this: I hate surprises. I really do hate them so much, even when someone gives me an unexpected present, I’m happy and mad at the same time! Like, “why didn’t you warn me before you gave me this? I hate you!”.
On what occasion would I lie? I don’t like to lie, but I do lie sometimes, if someone asks things that are none of his/her business – just to shut them down. But it’s not actually lying, I think it’s just omitting facts.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?  I’m not ok with my work right now, I need more practice. I don’t like the fact that it looks like it’s done by a novice, an amateur. It’s like I’m not able to control it. It’s a little frustrating.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? As I said, I need more practice. In the future, I’ll be happy.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I would like to work more than I do now. A LOT. I distract myself so easily!
What is my greatest achievement in work?  Every good work is an achievement, a step forward. The greatest achievement is to not go backwards!
Where would I most like to live? I like to live in Treviso, right now. There’s a good energy, a lot of things to see and to do. Here live the people I love and there is my favourite festival ever (which I work for, lucky me!), Treviso Comic Book Festival. It would be great to live here in the future.
What is my most treasured possession? The original drawings that my friends gave me, such wonderful illustrations! I collect them. I even got two original sketchs by Alberto Corradi and Emily Hughes. I also keep as treasures my books, comics and illustrated books, in particular those signed by their authors. And not to mention the teddy bear my grandma gave me when I was born, Orso Papà (Father Bear).
What is my most marked characteristic? I like (need?) to have everything under control, and I like to collaborate with others. So, I’m determined and organized, but a little messy when I do things by myself! And most of all, I’m REALLY chatty.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? My city, Treviso, is so pretty, you can’t even imagine. I like most of all its walls, it’s relaxing having a walk upon them. I also like a bench outside the walls, it’s just in front of a river, you can sit there and watch the water cutted through ducks and swans.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I enjoy a little pub in my hometown, it’s called Cucchi. It’s small and cozy, the perfect combo!
What books influenced my life and how? My father read me illustrated books when I was a child, so my passion for illustration starts when I was a kid. I guess that the most remarkable was Le storie del bosco (The Woodland Folk series) by Tony Wolf. It’s a series of stories about a group of animals and fantasy creatures that lived a lot of stunning adventures. The illustrations are incredible, sweet and funny at the same time. I try to recreate situations with that atmosphere in my works, and I think it’s also because of that wonderful book. For the same reason, and because it’s the first thing I read all by myself, I had to include Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz – it was fundamental in my childhood.
Who are my favorite writers? Reading is amazing. My favourite writers are Simone de Beauvoir, Italo Calvino, Daniel Pennac and Neil Gaiman.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I love music, I listen to music all day long. On my last day on Earth, I picture myself listening to Rhapsody in blue by George Gershwin. Epic.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I don’t know now, but in my childhood my heroine was Matilda, the protagonist of the Roald Dahl’s novel Matilda. She was strong, independent and self conscious even if she was only a child – and she loves to read, and does magic tricks. What a great girl! She inspired me so much.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My parents above all. They gave to me and my brother the freedom of choice, I’m grateful to them. And my brother Luca, he’s a badass (btw he’s younger than me). Not to mention Yuko Shimizu, of course.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? I recommend three of them: Once upon a time in America – one of the best movies ever made, Princess Mononoke – for the great story and the amazing animations, and Emperor’s New Groove – ’cause I just love it, it’s perfect!
What role plays art in my life and work? It plays an important part in both. I like to be surrounded by art in every form – illustration, comics, books, music, movies…these things give a meaning to my life.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My greatest fan and sponsor is my mum, I guess! And my partners in crime are my boyfriend Stefano, my brother Luca and my bff Eleonora above all, and my friends/buddies/colleagues of Collettivo BaldoBranco, an illustration collective I founded with five friends.
Whom would I like to work with in 2017? I would like to work in team with BaldoBranco as we’re doing right now.
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2017? I would love to meet Yuko Shimizu of course, Gianluca Folì, Carll Cneut, Victo Ngai, Taiyo Matsumoto and Isabelle Arsenault too. I really enjoy their work. And the Kerascoët couple, they’re amazing.
What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? I don’t know right now, but it would be something with BaldoBranco, I’m sure of it!
Where can you see me or my work in 2017?
You can find me in Treviso, and you can see my work on my Facebook page, on Instagram and Behance ( and on the BaldoBranco site (, Facebook page (, Instagram (, Twitter ( and Tumblr (
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? They’re so true. When you love something, you live for it. So, until you’re alive, your passion never leaves you – and you can never leave it, too.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? My buddies of Collettivo BaldoBranco, of course, and all the girls and women that work for Treviso Comic Book Festival, they’re great!
How can you contact me?
You can write me an email at or on Facebook at my page – even on Instagram
Thanks for reading!
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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