What is the best thing that I love about my work?
– The chance to experience every day the depths of the abysses I love diving into, hoping, through this flight (not fall) of mine, to be able to say something about other people’s worlds as well.
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
– The opportunity to express my fundamental nature, to do things that resemble me. To love, to connect with nature every day, learning its fundamental lessons and gaining from them in my day-to-day life.
What is my greatest fear?
– Unwanted solitude. To be left on my own without desiring it, to have no one left to love, no one to tell and offer my visions to. To grow old inside. Illness, impairment.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
– Perpetual restlessness and discontent. Irascibility: I experience destructive, passionate anger. I also have a lively imagination that mainly concentrates on the worst side of things. I suffer terribly over things that have not happened, or will never happen.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?
– I can’t give you any particular names. I would say anyone who succeeds in engaging the attention of the masses and the conscience of individuals through original interpretations of the world around us, new forms of sensibility, awareness and responsibility. More than anyone else, I admire those who are honest and courageous, whatever their calling.
What is my greatest extravagance?
– I live with two female pigeons who are left free to fly around the house. They’re my companions, and I love them more than anything or any living being. One of them has been with me since she was born and is my shadow. I rescued the other from human savagery one rainy night, and I’m trying to rehabilitate her.
On what occasion would I lie?
– I lie every time I need to protect myself or somebody else. I will carry on doing so for this reason.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
– My tendency to repeat myself, to ruminate on things I have already expressed, to obsess over aspects of my personal experience that should be worked through and then removed. The vanity of technique, that is, the point at which an artist limits themselves to being a mere painter.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
– On many occasions. Usually those times when I have managed to achieve a goal I had set for myself or, more frequently, when I realize, through a painting, that I can talk about aspects beyond my personal history. When my voice turns into a choir.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
What is my greatest achievement in work?
– To have been able to remain in the small town where I was born, to have always lived through painting, without having to do anything else for a living.
Where would I most like to live?
– Exactly where I live. I like travelling, but also coming home.
What is my most treasured possession?
– My two pigeons.
What is my most marked characteristic?
– Loyalty, frankness, determination.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
– The most solitary areas of the countryside.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
– My home.
What books influenced my life and how?
– The books about painting my father left me when I was 3 or 4: the Flemish painters, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, De Chirico. My whole universe took shape thanks to those pages.
Who are my favorite writers?
– I started reading when I was very little. I have loved a great many authors. To list just a few: Cioran, Handke, Ceronetti, Camus, Sartre, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Dostoevsky. I love reflective and introspective writing, essays, observational accounts, like Celati’s.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
– ‘Please , please , please let me get what i want’ by The Smiths.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
– Nobody. I don’t like fictional heroes or heroines. I prefer minor characters from real life.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
– All of those who have become positive role models for other people through their life story, giving courage, helping change perspectives.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?
– This is too personal a question. I could never recommend something to watch or a book to read if it is closely related to my personal emotions, to my innermost story.
What role plays does art play in my life and work?
– Utter and total. For me art is a way of existing, of seeing things, of thinking, of loving, of embracing the world. For art’s sake I’ve given up on building a normal life for myself and having children. I want to devote myself to my work and nothing else. I love it and I sacrifice my whole being to it.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
– Those who believe in my work and have supported it over the years. At this time of my life I would say Franco Senese, founder and owner of the Galleria Liquid Art System.
Whom would I like to work with in 2020?
– At present, with my main gallery. I would also like to investigate the possibility of finding a place for my work on a wider international stage, helping it to grow through new exchanges of views.
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2020?
– The best encounters in life are those that are unintended and unplanned.
What project, in 2020, am I looking forward to work on?
A new phase in my painting. New subjects, new atmospheres, new colors, but without losing the distinctive style I have developed.
Where can you see me or my work in 2020?
– As a permanent exhibitor, still at the Galleria Liquid Art System, with branches in Positano, Capri and Istanbul. I also have a few projects I am developing, but I would prefer not to talk about them at this stage, I don’t want to bring them bad luck.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
– I think they’re the most fitting definition for the life I have been leading up until now, and for the life to come. It means that true passion knows no boredom, age, season of life, but feeds on its own blood to become new every day. This is true of art, friendship, love.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
– There are many female artists I think highly of: Elisa Anfuso, Deborah Napolitano Dienne, Anna Di Prospero, Novella Oliana, Claudia Corrent, Silvia Camporesi, Kyle Thompson.
How can you contact me?
My book sold on amazon.com
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Are you a creative leader or creative professional looking to develop your business skills and storytelling?
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IS THE HEROINE’S JOURNEY COACHING FOR YOU?
You are a creative leader or creative professional who is interested in developing yourself, your business, and your story.
You are aware that there are no quick fixes. Learning is a journey that works when you are fully committed to it. Coaching can bring awareness and help you navigate, but in the end it’s you who is in charge of your growth.
You want to learn more about how to resource yourself, learn about blind spots, and get feedback.
You are curious and want to engage in online learning.
You are motivated to work in-between sessions on yourself (e.g. working on homework assignments that will help you develop new storytelling, skills, and behaviors).
WHAT’S YOUR COACHING QUESTION?
The Heroine’s Journey Coaching is all about your development. To make the most out of your sessions, we ask you to prepare topics to work on with Peter. These topics can serve as a starting point for further in-depth exploration with Peter.
These coaching topics typically resonate with the creative leaders Peter works with:
How can i tell the most powerful story possible about myself and my creative business?
How can I handle self promotion and marketing of my creative business better?
How do can I stay authentic and with focus when having difficult conversations with potential clients?
What are my creative values and how do I align these with my business values?
How can I manage my time and energy better?
How can I radiate confidence to my clients while feeling anxious inside?
How can I steer myself towards creative excellence without becoming rigid?
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 lives 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.
The Heroine’s Journey Coaching online sessions last 50 minutes and the fee is Euro 189 excluding VAT per session. The Heroine’s Journey Coaching is suitable for people at any stage in their career.
Who can sign up for The Heroine’s Journey online coaching?
Creative leaders and creative professionals who wish to improve their business story and develop their business skills and mindset.
Should I choose 1:1 coaching?
Our The Heroine’s Journey experiences in world cities allow you to learn not only from the coach but also from your peers. For the small group coaching (1 – 4 people), we have selected important, relevant topics that we find regularly come up for creative professional: purpose, storytelling, creative confidence, self promotion, time & money and resilience.
If you would prefer to work alone or on a different topic, individual coaching is a better fit for you.
What language do we speak in the coaching sessions?
Can I buy coaching for my organization?
Yes, you can! We support many organizations around the world with their coaching needs. Please contact us for more information.
Can I bring my own topics?
Yes, for individual coaching you get to choose your own topic.
Are coaching sessions confidential?
Yes. Peter will not share anything that is discussed in the coaching sessions.
Where will the coaching sessions take place?
Sessions will take place online (as per the times we live in) via an online tool like Zoom or Skype. Peter will let you know.
How do I sign up?
Send Peter a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to start booking your coaching sessions.
How do I pay?
After you send the mail, you will receive an email with a link to pay.
How do I book and reschedule sessions?
Once we’ve received your payment, Peter will contact you and book your coaching sessions. He will also support you with rescheduling sessions if needed.
What is your cancellation policy?
Individual coaching sessions can be postponed up to one week before the session.