What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love being free and decide what I want to do, to express myself freely. I’m in control!
What is my idea of happiness? Having a family and being free to do what I want.
What is my greatest fear? Not having enough resource / money to support my family.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I should be more confident.
What is my greatest extravagance? When I like something, I’ll buy it twice, thrice.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Sometimes I work too fast and the result is simply not good, don’t age well.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I find a new technique or a great idea. When I have the feeling it might change something. When it might be THE artwork.
If I could, what would I change about myself? Make the same mistakes earlier, so I could be more advanced right now.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Recognition, when people like what you do and are willing to invest in your work.
Where would I most like to live? Anywhere, explore the world. For the moment, we have a happy life in Berlin. I would also love to explore main cities more deeply like Moscow, Los Angeles or Tokyo.
What is my most treasured possession? My family.
What is my most marked characteristic? I’m very spontaneous.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The Schlosspark Charlottenburg. And the cafés in my neighborhood of course.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? So many. But let’s pick one: Dal buongustaio. The best Pizzas!
What books influenced my life and how? Recently: « Make your Bed » by William H. McRaven and « Don’t Make Me Think » by Steve Krug. It’s about (self) improvement and how little things in your habits or workflow, when they’re well implemented, can generate a lot of positive outcome!
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? The music of my wife of course, Delphine Maillard (http://www.delphinemaillard.com).
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? The French and Belgian comic artists, from the Franquin generation, these guys could really draw!
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? « Fight Club » by David Fincher. It makes you really think about the society we are living in and it’s also very entertaining at the same time. A very clever movie.
What role plays art in my life and work? I think it gives a new angle on how I see life in general. You understand probably certain things that most people don’t. As long as your mind is free, you don’t need a lot of possessions.
What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? Integrity. Be true to yourself. Don’t fake it. You make your own choices and no one can / should dictate your life.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My wife. She understands me. And of course a couple of solid friends.
Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2020? I would like to work with green companies with a social / green impact. As a design fan, companies who upcycle products like « Friday ». Social companies like « Side by Side », who work with disabled persons. Also Bands like Jamiroquai in the early days, Musicians like Tom Misch, artists like Bob Dob etc… People who make the world a better place and think differently.
What project, in 2020, am I looking forward to work on? I will work on my Aluminium series project I started in 2013. It’s a successful series. I have a lot of joy and fun creating these artworks: http://www.ewengur.com. Keeping of course the collaborations with my galleries who support my work. And of course to continue to work with my friend Jonathan, we started together shopewengur.com . It’s a Print on demand website with affordable & artistic products. We also promote my aluminums and original works there.
Where can you see me or my work in 2020? In my galleries (Raab Gallery, JRGallery, Fancypics, Gallery 8 Arts etc…), on my online shop etc… In the streets of Charlottenburg, near the Castle. Drop me an email to stay tuned (at the end of this interview)!
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? To stay true to yourself and to stick to what you want to achieve in life.
Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story? Delphine Maillard, Carole Martiné, Jorge Rubert, Karen Court, Jonathan Trowsdale, Elisabeth Wolf, Nina Maron, Thomas Baumgärtel, Emess, Jan-Frederik Kolbe, Judith Sturm and so many others (sorry for those I forgot).
How can you contact me? Drop me an email at email@example.com // You’re always welcome 🙂
Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Hero’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 HERO’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 Hero’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 Hero’s Journey Coaching online sessions last 50 minutes and the fee is Euro 189 excluding VAT per session. The Hero’s Journey Coaching is suitable for people at any stage in their career.
Who can sign up for The Hero’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 Hero’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.