The Heroine’s Journey of Annie Terrazzo

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love the ability to express my feelings and ideas without words. There are so many things I can’t say, so it is very freeing to be able to draw them instead.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Doing something good for no reason.
What is my greatest fear?  Old rich white men.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I happen to be particularly anti-social and I find it very hard to meet new people or talk to a stranger on the telephone. I think it has to do with the fact that I can’t really tell anyone about myself or think that I can never be the real me around others. Thankfully, this trait has gotten better as I have gotten older, but I still think it’s the worst part of me.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I love all the strong women in the Los Angeles art scene that I know and work with. So many of them get me going and inspire me. They motivate me to keep going. Professional women, keeping it tight like shana Nys Dambrot, Heidi Johnson, Lori Garboushian, Liz Gordon, and Joan and Amanda and Jennifer Quinn to name a few. Artists making real and emotional pieces like Kelly Berg, Jane Zabo, Raven Servellon, Ellen Schniderman, Melanie Newcombe, Maggie West, Waggs, Sue Upton, Tracy Lewis, Hueman, DJ Lady Sinclair, Susan Melly, Teale Hatheway, and so many more.
What is my greatest extravagance? Shoes. So. Many. Shoes.
On what occasion would I lie?  I seem to get into trouble a fair bit, so on such occasion I tend to tell a tale to get out of it.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I tend to find myself doing the same thing, expecting different results. Which is by some, is the definition of insanity.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?  The head curator at Saatchi Art  “invited me to lunch”, which I though was just me eating lunch with everyone who worked there. After we all ate she asked me to get up and talk about myself and my work for an hour. I was petrified as I had nothing prepared. But I thought it went really well, they laughed at all my jokes and asked questions. It was fun and I was enjoying talking about the work in a way that I don’t often get to explore.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I don’t think I’d like to change anything. Maybe for me to not like sleeping so much? I do like to sleep a lot.
What is my greatest achievement in work?  I’ve accomplished all my goals that I set out for myself 10 years ago. I’ve show in some great galleries and I’m in some fantastic collections. I don’t think I can pick a greatest one. It’s all great.
Where would I most like to live? London summers / LA winters.
What is my most treasured possession? I don’t treasure possessions. I can’t take them with me.
What is my most marked characteristic? Not sure, probably involves wine though.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Has to be the beach.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Thats a hard question, I’m a big foodie. Sugarfish for Sushi, drinks at Villans, brunch at the Ivy by the Shore.
What books influenced my life and how? I’m big on my classics, Bronte, Dickens, Austen, Dylan, Mitchell – my favorite book growing up was Gone with The Wind. And Jaws… and “It”. I’m a complicated person.
Who are my favorite writers? My favorite author is Dylan Thomas. Every word he wrote hits me like a stone.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Bowie. All. Day.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Bowie is my hero. I also look to my strong women friends keeping it real, being parents and working and still being awesome ladies.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? The Lego Movie. I love that film.
What role plays art in my life and work? It is my savior and my destroyer.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My family is there when I need a break from the rat race and just need to be me, not an artist or in the art world. It’s nice to just play a board game or go to dinner and just enjoy family time.
Whom would I like to work with in 2017? Well, it’s the end of the year but I’m still hoping to be on the One To Watch List on Saatchi Art.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017? I’d love to meet Laurie Lipton!
What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? I’m working on a big piece, which I have not done in a little while! It’s exciting!!
Where can you see me or my work in 2017?
IG @annieterrazzo
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?  Love keeps you living.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? All of the women I mentioned who inspire me!
How can you contact me?
What follows is a message of Peter de Kuster,  the founder of the Heroine’s Journey

What is Your Story?

Two Day Tour with Peter de Kuster  in the greatest bookstores of your favorite city. In Paris, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Berlin, London and Amsterdam we offer this unique What is your Story? experience.  To (re) write your story about yourself and your work. In the process transforming your capacity to successfully have the creative life and work you love. 

In this journey, Peter de Kuster,  founder of The Heroine’s Journey explores with you the way we tell stories about ourselves to ourselves — and, most important, the way we can change those stories to transform our creative business and life.

“Your story is your art, your art is your story,” 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 our creative challenges, our art, our clients, our money, our self promotion, our time, our families and relationships, our health; 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 creative life and business 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 creative business and life.

Become a great Storyteller

That’s why I set up What is your Story? service in the great cities of the world and their great bookstores. A new way to use the power of your story.  To guide you to life-changing, eye-opening but often elusive works of literature, both past and present, the books of fiction that truly have the power to enchant, enrich and inspire.

In two days with Peter de Kuster you’ll explore your relationship with books so far and your unique story identity will be sketched. You will be guided to books 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; books 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 books to read to take away. Your full story advice and books to read list will follow within a couple of days.


What Can I Expect?

Here’s an outline of the WHAT IS YOUR STORY? journey.

Journey Outline


  • What is 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?


  • 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 Heroines
  • 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 your story into action
  • The Story Effect
  • 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


The “What is your Story?” fee is Euro 2.495 excluding VAT for a private tour with a small group of 1 or 2 people.

Questions? Contact Peter de Kuster at 0031 6 33661772 or mail him at

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