The Heroine’s Journey of Katie Duck

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I can play in the dilution of being independent, ever changing, with a platform for what it is I need to voice at any given time-place-context. In the field of the performing arts or any of the arts at this time, we are utterly UN effective. My work, in how it zig zags within the institutionalisation of the arts and everything in our lives, gives me a since of what it could be like to have an independent, effective voice.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? The UN institutionalisation of everything.

What is my greatest fear? The institutionalisation of everything. I am always afraid.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I use a panic to succeed as a method in order to stay ahead of the bookings I do not or do receive. I panic when I actually do not need to in order to fire up my business bones, tissue and skin. It works. But it is not the most attractive part of myself. I use chatter talk talk talk to keep all negativity away from me. It works but it is not the most attractive part of myself.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? Sharon Smith

What is my greatest extravagance? The Internet; Escaping to cyberspace

On what occasion would I lie? What is the truth? Do you know the truth. Do you? I make an effort to never lie. However?

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The institutionalisation everything.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I first began to perform at 11 years old. When I discover I love to perform. When I began to make a living doing this. When I turned 60 and realised I had never done a single days work or earn my living on anything else but this. When I realised that this is a great privilege I that should never under estimate.

If I could, what would I change about myself?  That I talk too much to ward off negativity. It works but it is very annoying.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Gathering artists to form communities.

Where would I most like to live? Amsterdam.

What is my most treasured possession? My lifestyle.

What is my most marked characteristic? Relentlessness. I still search for the truth in the maze of lies.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? My studio in my flat in Amsterdam and the OT301

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? The Golden Brown on the corner of my street where I live in Amsterdam.

What books influenced my life and how? Many Many Many Too many to say here ……turned my life towards a fresh research 15 years ago – The feeling of what happens by Antoine Damasio. Turned my life around in my mid 20’s – SCUM manifesto Valerie Solanas. (I am – 65 – born 1951 – raised as a child in the 50’s, my teenage time in the 60’s). SCUM led me towards feminist studies, questioned my sexual orientation, questioned the hard wiring of my female brain….Damsio gave a more clear and radiant way to study and question emotion’s, body, creativity, consciousness for my work many many many books.

Who are my favourite writers? Sharon Smith

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I am not sure we only die once. Or do I have a conviction as to what death actually is. For sure it is a page turner. I plan to concentrate on the 4 year old brain – on to the divine – Music? I think I want to hear death sounds like.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Me

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My daughter

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? At this moment – Hyper Normalisation by Adam Curtis

What role plays art in my life and work? Art is my life and work.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Sharon Smith

Whom would I like to work with in 2017?  Sharon Smith

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2017? 2017 is now passed – too late. In 2018, the community of artists musicians, performers, dancers whom I meet and cherish as friends and colleagues in my base Amsterdam.

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? I created in collaboration with Sharon Smith Abandon Human with Sharon Smith. It is the project I wish to continue until my death.

Where can you see me or my work? Here is my agenda.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? I retired from my 20 year, part time teachers contract at the SNDO theatre school Amsterdam in September 2017. I now receive a pension for this contract that is being taxed at a criminal, enormous rate. I took a part time contract in order to continue my independent work. Thank goodness I did. I will never retire from my independent work. My independent, international touring work is my passion.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Sharon Smith

How can you contact me?


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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