The Heroine’s Journey of Lana Gentry

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love that it is a form of journaling for me and therefore it brings me a great deal of psychological relief!

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Having not only enough time to create, but also having fresh ideas when I am ready.

What is my greatest fear? Dying with ideas in my head that never find a way out.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I am profoundly learning disabled, so I have to do things over and over in order to get them right.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire artist Jessica Perner a great deal because of the kind of emotional honesty she brings to her work. I love artists, Mark Ryden, Odd Nerdrum, Joe Coleman, Genevieve Zacconi and so many more.

What is my greatest extravagance? Good coffee.

On what occasion would I lie? I’m not proud of the fact but I have lied in order to avoid hurting someone so I will go with that.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? That I never escalated from drawing to painting, but I have accepted it for the most part.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I think every time I do a new work, that is when I am the happiest. It keeps recurring.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would wish to be a person who is better able to focus. Trying to focus on and perfect one thing is a real challenge for me.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Probably being able to show in other countries.

Where would I most like to live? I am old fashioned and perfectly content to live in Virginia where i was born.

What is my most treasured possession? My vast portrait collection done by artists around the world.

What is my most marked characteristic? I have a very messy, self-taught quality in my work.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? A quiet evening in my room listening to good music.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Peter Chang Restaurant( not Pf Chang)

What books influenced my life and how? Although in retrospect, I do not completely agree with a lot that she believes, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand made me aware of accountability as a stepping stone to success and morality. Yuval Noah Harari’s book Homo Deus has been influential in getting me to read again. His work leaves me sitting on the edge of my seat and makes me think out of the range of what is normally comfortable.

Who are my favorite writers? I love Truman Capote, Yuval Noah Harari, Ayn Rand, Kahlil Gibran and more.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Great Gig in the Sky by Pink Floyd.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Howard Roark in Ayn Rand’s ” The Fountainhead”; because he creates work that pleases himself first.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? I admire Martha Stewart a lot for being a self made woman. I admire anyone with few resources who manages to make a life out of being creative. Martha Stewart fits that definition. She started out very humble. I also have a great deal of admiration for singer/songwriter Lauren Hill for her courage and honesty.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Roberto Remigio Benigni’s Life is Beautiful.

What role plays art in my life and work? It plays a major role in keeping me sane and has found me in many publications and shows.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My companion, artist, Donnie Green

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? There are a variety of artists I hope to interview at Loburn Magazine where I write. Artist Mark Ryden would be one destination.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? While I don’t see it happening anytime soon, I would love to meet painter Odd Nerdrum, or musician Stan Ridgeway from Wall of VooDoo.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to working on? I would like to do a collaboration with my boyfriend, Donnie Green.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? Besides Loburn Magazine, where I write, it remains to be seen. I need to produce something new and then decide!

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? I think it could best be described as bringing passion to everything one does. If one medium is stalling, carry your passion to something new; keep it going.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
If you haven’t gotten her already, I would suggest artist Jessica Perner.

How can you contact me? https://www.facebook.com/lana.gentry.1

Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey 

Spring Journey

eatpraylovebigstill (2)Wednesday 14th March – Sunday 18th March

The best of The Heroine’s Journey condensed into a single, unforgettable week.

The Heroine’s Journey is a global organisation dedicated to teaching skills not covered by the regular education system – skills that develop storytelling intelligence and encourage psychological well-being for creative professionals.  The Spring Journey brings together the very best in our storytelling.

We will cover such themes as how to make money doing what you love, how to promote your business, which is you, how to choose our partners more wisely, how to make relationships last, how to find and create your dreamjob by meeting your rolemodels and making testdrives, how to manage your time and organize yourself creativitely, how to focus on our creative goals, how to have the financial freedom to create and how to more regularly experience creative flow and happiness.

You’ll embark on a rich and enlightening voyage, discovering how to make lasting, meaningful change across every aspect of your creative life. By working within a fixed group led by Peter de Kuster over the week, you’ll dive deeper than would be possible in any single daytrip. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences.

The Journey is ideal for those seeking a more meaningful, transformative vacation; for attendees of our daytrips who now wish to take a structured journey through our expertly curated material; and for those wishing to save time in the long run by working through the dilemmas of creative life, business, passion, and your own story in a single, high intensity week.

Blending tuition, exercises, meeting with stories of rolemodels, and discussion in journeys in a world city, each day of the Spring Journey will equip you with tools and strategies to help you find answers for your creative life’s big questions.

Join us for a truly transformational vacation for the mind in Rome

Ticket costs Euro 1250 excluding VAT per person, includes all teaching, materials, light refreshments & additional activities.

You can reach Peter for a skype meeting about questions you have by mailing him at peterdekuster@hotmail.nl 

DAILY TIMETABLE

09.40    Tea & Coffee on arrival

10.00     Morning Session

13.00     Lunch Break

14.00     Afternoon Session

17.00     Drinks

Read on for a detailed breakdown of the Spring Journey itinerary.

“You are the Storyteller of Your Own Creative Life. You can Create Your Own Legend – Or Not” – Peter de Kuster

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Spring Journey Itinerary

Day One: The first day of the Spring Journey is designed to equip us with the core skills of The Heroine’s Journey and Storytelling. We will learn the power of the story we tell ourselves, why our minds have a hard time understanding themselves, how to map and understand our passions, and how and why we characteristically respond to them.

Day Two: The second day of the Spring Journey takes us on a structured journey around the power of your story as creative professional.  Creative flow is always in essence a mental phenomenon, it is a result of ideas- and a story you tell yourself therefore relies on having to hand a raft of enriching stories about your business, your money management, your self promotion and your time management that can be called upon in moments of truth. The day begins with a Heroine’s Journey Breakfast – considering what three of the greatest creative heroines of all time have as story about the art of creative living wisely and well.

Day Three: The third day of the Spring Journey teaches us how to choose our clients and business partners wisely and make our relationships last. One of the gravest errors we make around business relationships is to imagine that they aren’t things we can get wiser or better at. On this day we will learn to practise and rehearse our skills at working with the people who can help you further your creative business (clients and business partners like agents, publishers, marketing professionals etcera). In the evening, we will attend a Storytelling Dinner in a local restaurant – learning to overturn small talk and master the art of opening up our deepest stories.

Day Four: The fourth day of the Spring Journey teaches us how to achieve our creative career potential. We will employ storytelling tools to be better able to understand our creative talents and to move forward using the opportunities that are open to us.

Day Five: The final day of the Spring Journey explores new business opportunities and markets for you to as creative professional. Many of the challenges we encounter in modern life require us to develop creative solutions to complex problems. And even when we’re not tackling big problems, continuously improving the way we live using invention and imaginative strategy is deeply important.

You can reach Peter for a skype meeting about questions you have by mailing him at peterdekuster@hotmail.nl 

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