The Heroine’s Journey of Gemma Darroch

What is the best thing that I love about my work? diversity, i work across a range of departments from costing projects to creating creative branding for social media and website posts to Interior Design. i love to be busy and have an exceptional skill to be able to multitask consistently.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Perfection doesn’t exist in my opinion, if something is perfect then there is no room to grow. I am happiest when those around me are at their happiest.
What is my greatest fear? Failure, failure is not in my vocabulary, you only fail if you can’t bring a solution to the table and there is a solution for everything.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I am comfortable with all my traits both good and bad, its a matter of opinion and if i am not happy with something then i fix it.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Interior Designer Marcel Wanders, he manages to mix so many different textures, patterns and media together to make beautiful interiors, it shouldn’t work but it does so well.
What is my greatest extravagance? I very rarely spend large amounts on myself so it would have to be something that i have bought for my two boys.
On what occasion would I lie? to save someone from the hurtful truth, on a need to know basis.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Sitting down, i like to be active and move around, i fidget so at every opportunity I’m up on my feet.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? when change or growth happens, I’m a massive advocate of implementing change, change means growth.
If I could, what would I change about myself? If i could i would change the rare moments that i over think.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Designing the interiors for an iconic, high end modular build.
Where would I most like to live? Ibiza, i love to be surrounded with great architecture, water and sun.
What is my most treasured possession? My two children.
What is my most marked characteristic? My hair! Im a Leo and Leo’s like to keep their mane well groomed.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I would have to say the LiverBuilding in Liverpool city centre, a local myth states that if the Lovebirds where to fly away the city would cease to exist.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Down the Hatch a Vegan junk food independent restaurant.
What books influenced my life and how? I don’t read anymore ! maybe i should!
Who are my favourite writers? Dan Brown
What music would I listen on my last day? Above and Beyond Acoustic Album 
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Wonderwoman – Cliche i know
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My sister
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? The greatest showman, i dare anyone to sit there and not dance or sing.
What role plays art in my life and work? Its constantly all around me and influences most life choices.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My children
Whom would I like to work with in 2019? Anyone thats willing to grow and learn and can bring new ideas to the table.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019? People that are interested in moving housing forward in the UK.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? An iconic high rise development in Manchester, details are yet to be released.
Where can you see me or my work in 2019? Growing, growing and growing, I’m currently recruiting to expand my team and I’m really excited for them to come on board.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? If you loose your passion, what do you have left?
How can you contact me? – LinkedIn –

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


The Heroine’s Journey is a private tour in story rich venues of world cities with Peter de Kuster, to rewrite the story you tell yourself about yourself and your creative work and in the process transform your life and business.

What is your Story?

“Your story is your life,” 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 ourselves, our creative business, our customers ; 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 life 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 business and personal life.

What Can I Expect?

Here’s an outline of The Heroine’s Journey.

Journey Outline


  • The Power of 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 Heroes
  • 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
  • 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.

About Peter de Kuster

Peter de Kuster is the founder of The Heroine’s Journey & Hero’s Journey project,  a storytelling firm which helps creative professionals to create careers and lives based on whatever story is most integral to their lifes and careers (values, traits, skills and experiences). Peter’s approach combines in-depth storytelling and marketing expertise, and for over 20 years clients have found it effective with a wide range of creative business issues.


Peter is writer of the series The Heroine’s Journey and Hero’s Journey books, he has an MBA in Marketing,  MBA in Financial Economics and graduated at university in Sociology and Communication Sciences.

Become a great Storyteller

That’s why I set up The Heroine’s Journey in the great cities of the world.  A new way to use the power of your story.  To guide you to life-changing, eye-opening movies, art, literature that truly have the power to enchant, enrich and inspire.

In this journey with Peter de Kuster you’ll explore your relationship with stories so far and your unique story identity will be sketched. You will be guided to movies, art, literature, myths 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; movies 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 movies to see to take away. Your full story advice and movies to see list will follow within a couple of days.

Book your private story coaching tour

You can choose from three options:

  1. The Heroine’s Journey Short and Powerful.   This is a 8 hours – private story coaching,  one day, one – on – one with Peter de Kuster. The price is Euro 2500 excluding VAT including lunch and drinks. You can bring a maximum of three (business) partners to the private tour if you choose to.
  2. The Heroine’s Journey Intensive.  This is a 16 hours – private story coaching,  two days one – on – one with Peter de Kuster. The price is 5000 excluding VAT including lunch and drinks. You can bring a maximum of three (business) partners to the private tour if you choose to.
  3. The Heroine’s Journey Impact.  This is a 24 hours – private story coaching,  three days one – on – one with Peter de Kuster.  The price is 7500 excluding VAT including lunch and drinks. You can bring a maximum of three (business) partners to the private tour if you choose to.

Please note the private tours Short and Powerful can take place in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Barcelona, Bruxelles, Florence, London, Malaga, Madrid, Milan, München, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, Sevilla and Venice at the moment.

The private tours Intensive and the private tours Impact are offered in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Barcelona, Bruxelles, Copenhagen, Florence, London, Los Angeles, Malaga, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, München, New York, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, Sevilla, SydneyVenice and Vienna.

You can book Peter by mailing him at 

Booking Information

  • Once you have purchased a private tour you will be given information to get in touch and arrange a date and time for your private tour.
  • Private tours will take place at any given day of the week.  The private tour will take place in a story rich city.
  • Please note that once your appointment time and date have been confirmed, we have a forty-eight hour cancellation policy. Any cancellations less than 48 hours prior to an appointment, or any no-shows will be charged. Any requests to reschedule less than 48 hours prior to an appointment, cannot be guaranteed and the original appointment will be charged for other than in exceptional circumstances.

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