What is the best thing that I love about my work?
Definitely the fact I work together with many others talented artists; that means one can always improve their skills and learn something new just by sharing a common workplace. This is a big advantage because in this field the competition is very high.
What is my idea of happiness?
Spend time together with the people I love.
Sometimes it means just being in a quiet place and having a mind free of worries.
What is my greatest fear?
To lose the ones I care the most.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
I usually make the others a priority, with the consequence my wellbeing falls to the background.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?
Bruno Bozzetto. He’s a genuine person, I admire his strenght and determination. You can see like a spark in his eyes when he talks about his job.
What is my greatest extravagance?
I’m not afraid to spend my money to buy a new dice set.
On what occasion would I lie?
Only to prevent someone from being harmed.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
Most of the time, you’re hired on a contract for a single project and this means you might have to change workplace or even the place where you live quite often. It’s hard to find a stability.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
It was probably when I got my first job. I finally had a chance to challenge myself and to prove my skills.
Another occasion was when I became more confident with my job role and I started being assigned more important and complex tasks.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
My body. With an artificial one. Seriously, it’s starting aching too much for my age and I’m still far away from becoming ambidextrous.
What is my greatest achievement in work?
I think it’s knowing my team mates have trust in me.
Where would I most like to live?
I really wish I could live in a quiet, not very crowded place. If it’s not too warm it’d be best. Something like Iceland could work.
What is my most treasured possession?
What is my most marked characteristic?
I’m very analytic and rational and I tend to examine everything around me.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
All the old libraries and the Manchester Museum. I mean, there’s a T-rex. That’s so cool.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
I haven’t found one yet, unfortunately.
What books influenced my life and how?
Sometimes I wish I could disappear and start a new life as the main character from “Il fu Mattia Pascal”.
Fahrenheit 451 is also one great book and I think it could be quite contemporary, in terms of “deleting the knowledge”. It makes you think about how important is to learn, have an history and a past, something to teach and a phyisical place where to store all this knowledge in order to not forget.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
All the songs I reconnect to the most important moments of my life and that could remind me of the people I love.
Along with something stupid, as a parody song.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Any of the eight sensates in Sense8.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
Adèle Haenel, Elon Musk, Margherita Hack, Stephen Hawking, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo.
A special mention goes to the pizza delivery guy.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?
What role plays art in my life and work?
I don’t think I could live without it. Art amazes me, it’s something that makes me feel an emotion.
What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?
You must act in order to achieve something. You can’t wait for someone else to tell your story or to decide your path.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2020?
That’s a difficult question. I think at the moment I’d like to work on a show for Netflix. It would be easier to show my work to someone if it they could find it in their subscription, especially if the show has a big distribution.
I’d also like to try how it works in the videogame industry, I really love the backgorund/concept art of Rayman, perhaps there will be the opportunity to work together with Ubisoft one day.
Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2020?
One of my greatest inspiration as an artist is Nik (https://www.nikbackgroundart.com/).
I can’t explain how much I love his backgrounds.
What project, in 2020, am I looking forward to work on?
At the moment, I don’t have any particular project, but I’d like to share my experience with younger people.
When I was a student in high school, I had no idea this could have been a real job. People tend to say cartoons are for kids; they forget animation is not a genre but a technique.
Where can you see me or my work in 2020?
On tv! The latest show I was working on aired at the beginning of the year in the US, so hopefully it will arrive soon in other Countries, too!
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
If you’re really passionate about something, it’s hard to forget about it and put it in a corner, that’s something that comes with you for your whole life.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Grazia Di Salvo (https://www.linkedin.com/in/grazia-di-salvo-aa3924a4; https://www.facebook.com/gracedsauthor/)
She’s a writer with a story to tell.
Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey
Are you a creative leader or creative professional looking to develop your business skills and storytelling?
Amidst today’s uncertainty, it is more important than ever to reconnect with yourself and others, develop your creative business, and build your story. Dive deep into your unique business style and areas for growth with the coaching of Peter de Kuster.
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.