The Heroine’s Journey of Roberta La Placa

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love presenting the hotel I work for to the travel agencies and tour operators. When I present I use the acting skills I have been learning in the acting courses to grab the audiences attention. I sell them a holiday dream and make them feel like they are lying under the sun in a beautiful Italian beach or having a relaxing massage at the Spa

What is my idea of perfect happiness?  Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few who pause to consider the antithesis: that perfect unhappiness is equally unattainable Primo Levi

What is my greatest fear? To be held responsible of something I have not done without being able to prove the contrary

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Be stubborn

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? People who never give up

What is my greatest extravagance? When I see a microphone, I cannot resist from reading my poems out loud or giving a speech.

On what occasion would I lie? I lie not to hurt somebody

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Activity involving the use of excel

When and where was the happiest, in my work? I always try to make every day a good happy working day.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would be more focused

What is my greatest achievement in work? It is to feel satisfied with what I do, try to improve my performance and get positive feedback from my manager

Where would I most like to live? London and Riva Trigoso. Riva Trigoso is a pretty tiny village in Liguria by the sea.

What is my most treasured possession? The diary of my life, that I have been writing since I was 17 years old .

What is my most marked characteristic? I am a day dreamer

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Willesden Green. I lived there for 15 years.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? In Parma Charlotte Place in London

What books influenced my life and how?  Due di due (Two out of two) Andrea De Carlo. I read the book in my twenties when you are really at the beginning of your adult life. The 2 protagonists inspired me to live life at full, be involved and be passionate about it.

Who are my favourite writers? Gustave Flaubert, Charles Bukowski, Milan Kundera, Beppe Fenoglio, Primo Levi, Paolo Giordano, Lorenzo Licalzi, Nicolò Ammaniti Fyodor Dostoyevsky

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Eugenio Finardi

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Jeanne DArc always fascinated me

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My mum and my dad

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Assolo Laura Morante

What role plays art in my life and work? Writing, acting and photography are the gasoline of my life

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My best friend Barbara. We met when we were kids. It is 44 years of friendship

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? With my same colleague I work with since 2010

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018? To see again my colleagues who work far from me.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? Write a book La bellezza in ogni età

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? I see myself living in London with the same job that I enjoy very much.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?  Dreams never retire

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? My friend Connie De Maria, Singer and Songwriter

How can you contact me?

robertalap@hotmail.com

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