What is the best thing that I love about my work?
I am always restless when observing the world around me. In what I write, or create, I always find the deeper meaning, coming from a research within me. I believe it brings out an unprecedented originality in my work.
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
Project yourself in the situation you’d like to be, and be there.
What is my greatest fear?
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
Every day I find new people that are self-made. I admire boldness. Boldness doesn’t have a name.
What is my greatest extravagance?
Mmm… Recognize my nature working itself even when everybody’s looking.
On what occasion would I lie?
When the person in front of me has no respect for my safety.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
I am my own audience. Sometimes I feel like I would be living alone on the planet if I could.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
When discussing projects in a group, and there is seamless communication.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
I would make me more bold; I would dare to ask more.
What is my greatest achievement in work?
Accidentally finding one of my passions: Creating art books.
Where would I most like to live?
I live in Rome, if I ever get bored of it, I would go back to Florence, or start again in Lisbon.
What is my most treasured possession?
What is my most marked characteristic?
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
Inspirations come in many different ways in random moments. In Athens, where I grew up, it would be on the couch with my sister. In Florence, it would be the Cascine park while running and now in Rome, I feel it when walking alone at dawn in silent streets.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
I’ve always liked beach restaurants and bars (part of my Greek identity). Now, I enjoy small little bistros and Italian bars in residential areas, packed with voices.
What books influenced my life and how?
I’ll mention one of the very first books I remember reading as a child. It was called “In the country of Mammoths” by Russian writer Kira Sinou. It was the story of a small pre-hisoric animal, trying to survive on a planet too strange and foreign to it.
Who are my favorite writers?
Currently: Kazantzakis and Cohen.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
Experimental piece from Kaloudis: Necropolis-Orthi Petra
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
I find myself relating with Ana, from Banshee.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
2 teachers of mine from Polimoda fashion school and my sister, Katerina.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
A Little Princess by Alfonso Cuaròn, Love by Gaspar Noè…
What role plays art in my life and work?
Depending on when and how I experience it: It can become the temporary home for my mind, or give me hope and making me feel less lonely, incapable and ignorant.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My older cousin.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019?
For the amazing Anja Aronowsky Cronberg and her publication, Vestoj.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?
Anybody who will want to meet me.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?
Dive into creating magazines and books for interesting people. Writing and producing their artwork. Get passionate about creating excellent visual stories, print them and provide them to happy clients.
Where can you see me or my work in 2019?
Always on my website, or by meeting with me.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
Still trying to figure out if it’s true or not.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
All the ones who are struggling to understand: Natasha Verma and Gabrielle Mastronardo.
How can you contact me?
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.
- 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?
YOUR NEW 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 STORY INTO ACTION
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, Sydney, Venice and Vienna.
You can book Peter by mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.