The Hero’s Journey of Tebatso Mahlangu

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

The best thing I love about my work would have to be the process of arriving at ideas, eliminating and conceptualising ideas pushes one’s thinking and in turn, reveals a lot about one’s limitations and one’s potentials. I think I learned more about myself in that aspect thanks to that process.

What is my idea of happiness?

I love the quote in the matrix that goes “Love is just a word, what’s important is what the word implies” happiness to me is just a word, however what it implies to me is Family because if a home is where the heart is, then family is at the centre of the heart.

What is my greatest fear?

I don’t want to be obvious, but losing my family is my greatest fear. Family is the centre of everyone’s core, it dictates development, structure, and habitation. For one to truly be alone is for one to be without family, no matter the circumstance. Family is extremely crucial, and losing that is to truly lose quite a lot.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

There isn’t much I dislike about myself, however, I do tend to get bored with repetition. Repetition in the sense that something stops challenging me or simply put informing me. Because I enjoy learning, once that aspect is removed I tend to lose interest. I don’t necessarily deplore it, however I find that once you know something, it no longer stimulates you.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

Honestly my colleagues. In my profession, you get tasked with things you cannot do or have never done before. However one of your colleagues knows how to do that very thing, so they educate and teach, so I consider them my mentors. It’s quite exciting to learn from people who show you tricks and give you tips they learned from years of doing that very thing.

What is my greatest extravagance?

My greatest extravagance is literature. I love stories and I live for stories, I believe it was Jean-Paul Sartre who said that “If literature isn’t everything, it’s not worth a single hour of someone’s trouble.” Luckily for me, I already have a subscription.

On what occasion would I lie?

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m quite terrible at lying. So I usually avoid it because it is something I’m quite bad at, however when it comes to the occasion of surprising someone I can throw a pretty good surprise, the best occasion for a lie is when you surprise someone, good surprises though.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

There’s not much I dislike about my work, if I had to state one thing it would be that it gets slightly slow sometimes. It’s not that I dislike it per se, more like it’s a young challenge where you get stuck on one project trying to perfect but it’s not coming out quite right, but I push regardless.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

Every day is honestly a learning experience, but perhaps the days of my internship were some of

the years I enjoyed. Because I could just jump from one thing to the next without the weight of deadlines.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

If I could change anything about myself realistically it would perhaps be to have a more challenging approach to people. I feel I cheer people up too much when I challenge them, sometimes I wonder if that helps anyone.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

My greatest achievement so far was winning 2 design competitions. They were both group orientated and we became the only winning group in the first competition, the clients eliminating the need for 2nd and 3rd prizes. And we came up 2nd for the other completion, both were experiences I will never forget.

Where would I most like to live?

I love Mzansi, the culture is colourful and vibrant, and you can’t go wrong in Mzansi! Besides Mzansi I would go with Japan, the creative storytelling and culture is an aesthetic I personally enjoy.

What is my most treasured possession?

I feel my brain is my treasured possession, it has my memories and experiences only unique to me, and I get to revisit any point in time of my experiences whenever I wish. I get to fill it up some more and it never gets filled, truly the creator is an incredible being to have created such a machine.

What is my most marked characteristic?

If I had to name one thing, it would have to be my curiosity. I think I’m too curious and our lives are too short if you ask me.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I’ve been to a couple of places in the span of my life, each location has its good and bad points and in their struggle for perfection and imperfection, all spectrum of inspiration bloom. Johannesburg is fast and everything is just on hyperdrive, however all kinds of people meet and bloom a very interesting culture. Pretoria is said that nothing happens there, but is quiet and slow-paced, almost allowing one to breathe. However looking at both of these places’ townships, one finds culture is at the heart of people’s lives, they all inspire me.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

My favourite places are located in a few township spots and they offer a variety of foods which are quite delicious. I frequent Burger King and Cappuccinos on days when I’m out with someone irreplaceable to me, but overall I love to discover these food spots, I quite enjoy the opportunity to do that.

What books influenced my life and how?

Purple Cow by Seth Godin, that book made me look at my work in a “is it unique enough” way. Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard, this book challenged me in looking at the significance of relations between the symbolism of culture and media and how they attempt to create a sense of shared experience in society.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

The Weekend – Lonely Thoughts (it’s an unreleased song)

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Are we limited to heroes? I quite enjoy the narratives of antagonists. If we look at Miach Mihi from the book Harmony by Project Itoh. But if we talking hero then I would go with Theo Decker in the book The Golden Finch by Donna Tartt.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My father. If there is a man I want to be like, it would be him. My mother! The strongest woman I know! I truly admire my parents.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Troy. Even in 2021, that movie is still amazing.

What role plays art in my life and work?

I feel we’d need to define what Art is. What we limiting it to, especially in today’s climate. In my work art is the very act of creating, crafting, and connecting. In my life, Art is the essence that fuels the pursuit of feeding my curiosity.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

It means that I decide my own destiny, but I like the quote in the movie Cloud Atlas, “Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” So in all our choices, we craft the book that is our lives.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

I feel my parents have been my greatest supporters, I’m thankful to God for them!

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021?

I don’t have a list of companies I’d like to work at, I only believe in the journey I’m on, there are many things I want to work on, and should an opportunity present itself for me to full fill my bucket list, then I will surely pursue that.

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2021?

I have met incredible people in my career so far, I feel everyone has a story to tell. I’m not interested in a specific person, however I am interested in meeting many more people who have something to say or share.

What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on?

I’d love to get involved in something that could make use of 3D software, I’m very much looking at that at the moment.

Where can you see me or my work in 2021?

The sky is not the limit, I have to say that watch out for me everywhere!

I’m on social media platforms for multiple brands

My portfolio on Behance:

And I have big things planned so I’ll leave them as a surprise for the moment.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

It means your job is one thing, and to reference the play Six Degrees of Separation for me passion is the thing that “keeps you up 2am in the morning” and that is your life’s work.

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story?

Lotang Mokoena

Tlamelo Letebele

Lunga Shezi

Leigh Le Roux

Chris Van Rensburg

Lauren Moses

How can you contact me?

You can contact me on:

Email –

Or via Social media on:

Instagram – @Catastrofikr

WhatsApp – 074 457 9622

Also via my Portfolio on Behance:

Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Hero’s Journey


  • tickYou are a creative professional who is interested in developing yourself and your creative business.
  • tickYou are aware that there are no quick fixes. Learning is a journey that works when you are fully committed to it. A coach can bring awareness and help you navigate, but in the end it’s you who is in charge of your growth.
  • tickYou want to learn more about how to tell yourself a more powerful story, learn about blind spots, and get feedback.
  • tickYou are curious and want to engage in an interactive learning journey with Peter de Kuster.
  • tickYou are motivated to work in-between journeys on yourself (e.g. working on questions that will help you develop new storytelling, mindsets, skills, and behaviors).


The Hero’s Journey is all about your development. To make the most out of your journey with Peter, we ask you to prepare topics to work on with him. These topics can serve as a starting point for further in-depth exploration.


One Hour Virtual Coaching for Euro 150 (excluding VAT)

One Day Journey for EUR 1,200 (excl. VAT)

Two Day Journey for EUR 2,150 (excl. VAT)

Three Day Journey for EUR 2,950 (excl. VAT)



Who can sign up for The Hero’s Journey?

Creative professionals who wish to improve their storytelling, mindset(s) and develop their leadership skills.

What language do we speak in the journey?


Can I bring my own topics?

Yes, you get to choose your own topic.

Are journeys confidential?

Yes. Peter will not share anything that is discussed in the journey.

Where will the journeys take place?

Sessions will take place travelling with Peter a world city like Paris, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, Antwerp, Venice, New York, Berlin, Madrid.

How do I sign up?

Send Peter an email to

How do I pay?

After you booked The Hero’s Journey by sending an email to Peter you will receive an email with info how to pay.

How do I book and reschedule a journey?

Once we’ve received your payment, our Program Coordinator will book your journey. She will also support you with rescheduling journeys if needed.

What is your cancellation policy?

Individual journeys can be postponed up to one week before the journey.

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