The Heroine’s Journey of Daniela Lucato

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I started working as a filmmaker since 5 years because before I was working as an actress. The thing I love most about it is my freedom. I mean the artistic freedom. I really enjoy it. It allows me to create in the way I want, when an idea comes to my mind. It is a bit like painting or drawing. If I wake up with a crazy idea I know there is a way I can find to realize it. I call it a privilege.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? The word perfect is not in my vocabulary, I guess. I find more beauty in imperfection but if I have to describe this concept…”perfect
happiness” I can say it is the way we smile to simple things and we enjoy them for their
simple existence. The way the world around us appears on the highest level. Of course it
doesn’t happen every day, but thanks God it happens!
What is my greatest fear? In my work or in my life? In my work I’m scared to wake up one day without needs or desires for doing what I do now. You need to be strong and emotionally stable to make this work to face negative answers or long waiting answers (a part the creative freedom you depends a lot from others). You need a big focus and for now I have it but I am always scared to wake up one day without my energy. Also this push that I have from somewhere is the engine of my creative work: if I do something it is the answer to a need, something I can’t avoid. I hope I will always have this kind of motivation for doing something I believe it is important to be done. By the way in my life I’m scared from locusts, now less than when I was a child but I still become crazy when I see them.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I can be extremely lazy sometimes. I
don’t like this side of me. I know it is also part of the creative world (you can’t be on the
roller coaster all the time) but I love to be on the top of my energy mentally and
physically every day.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire people who surprise me all the time because they don’t get old inside, they find a way to stay fresh, to communicate in a new way, they preserve their childish side. We have lost her recently but one was the filmmaker Agnes Varda. Among the living persons … I guess Peter Greenaway.
What is my greatest extravagance? I change my outfit three times a day just because I
like to do it. I know it sounds crazy. My husband has gotten used to it.
On what occasion would I lie? In case the lie resolves a problem without bad
consequences (and without creating new problems). I lie if it doesn’t hurt anyone
(possibly even myself).
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The instability … I guess…but it is part of the art package. This causes the feeling I never think I am “arrived” and after
finishing a work I start always from point zero. I know that this is a bit extreme because I
know I pretend a lot from myself but I have never the feeling I reached completely my
point, not yet at least. I finish a project and after a short break for recharging myself I feel restless again until I begin a new one. I can’t say I dislike it completely, in a way this restlessness is like an machine that doesn’t stop my creativity.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I wrote/directed my short film The Birthday and a bit earlier my first theatre piece “Call me reality”. I discovered what I wanted to do with determination. Before I was an actress always depending from
projects of others. I was looking for jobs 5 hours a day and it was exhausting…. from the
creative side I was not feeling enough satisfied.
If I could, what would I change about myself? My impulsivity. Sometimes it is good but it can be also dangerous. I think if I take more time before every action/ thought/answer I can have better results in my work and in my life.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Presenting my films on international
festivals. This is also a way to meet my collaborators and colleagues and keep working!
Where would I most like to live? In Paris if I could have a big flat. I hate the idea to live in a box but I dream about Paris since many years.
What is my most treasured possession? My films, my books, my earrings.
What is my most marked characteristic? My hair are always a bit crazy.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The dead railways in Gleisdreieck in Berlin. They are just behind my home: every day when I go there my mind is full of suggestions and memories. It is a special place for me.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? In Berlin/Prenzlauerberg, a place called “1990 Vegan living” – I love it!
What books influenced my life and how? All the books of Herman Hesse when I was
really young: they opened my eyes, my feelings, my imagination, my senses as a
teenager. Simone de Beauvoir (a bit later): she gave a new reading of the woman’s power, position, rights, figure. She was revolutionary in her years but she is still actual and important to be read. Since a long time I think I should do a work based on her books. I’ve read a lot of theatre plays when I was at the university. Sara Kane, Crista Wolf, Dea Loher. They were not appreciated from the most of my friends at the time but they opened a new dimension to me.
Who are my favorite writers? Simone de Beauvoir, John Berger, Isabelle Allende.
By the way I discovered John Berger quite recently thanks to an actress I worked with.
She said that my script was recalling her his books and now that I read him her thought
couldn’t not be a better compliment. I like his books because they are a travel through
feelings. His narration is travelling through the poetry of gestures and it is like
discovering an ancient discipline: the narrative of gestures and what gestures bring
back to our experience, to our past, to our personal story. Interesting world to explore
that could bring something new in the film world.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Amy Winehouse. Her
voice has a power. I always listen her, why not on my last day?
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Oh My God, I forgot who they were if I had some!! Maybe it sounds banal but I think of Joan of Arc.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Carola Rakete. We need people like her to bring us back to the real world and suggest real important actions. We are not born
forever on the safe side of the world.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Eisenstein in Guanajato by Peter Greenaway. Amazing film from all the possible points of view. Simply a masterpiece.
What role plays art in my life and work? Art is mixed with my life and work. You can’t
really draw a line to divide those two/three parts because I’ m thinking about possible
works every second of my life. My family complains a bit about it.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? I work often with different people. In every project the people who work with me are the best ones for these projects. I love
to select them really for a specific work and I know they can be the only one to give
their special contribute to achieve the best result.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019? Not a specific person but a company: I would
like to find a good production company to collaborate with as a freelancer while my
other projects are finding their way to be developed/finished.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019? A good producer for my
feature film, I’m looking for the right one since long and I swear: it is not easy.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? I have several projects on the
table (like always) but my feature film is on the top of the list. Can’t wait to share more
soon. There is a creative documentary that waits the right production as well (the
famous waiting answers) and I’m also finishing a narrative short film and hope you can
have news about it as well!
Where can you see me or my work in 2019? You can see my works on and
soon on Amazon Prime and my trailers on Vimeo if you just google my name!
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It means every artist follows
just a process and until she/he has good ideas for productions will never stop creating.
We follow our inside fire.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Among my contacts:
Filomena Campus, Alice Francis, Anna Marschlewska, Anna Piratti, Alexandra Hidalgo
How can you contact me? On vimeo ,
on facebook or
on Instagram
or just google my name!

Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of the Heroine’s Journey 


The Heroine’s Journey is a private tour in story rich venues of world cities with Peter de Kuster, to rewrite the story you tell yourself about yourself and your creative work and in the process transform your life and business.

What is your Story?

“Your story is your life,” 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 ourselves, our creative business, our customers ; 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 life 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 business and personal life.

What Can I Expect?

Here’s an outline of The Heroine’s Journey.

Journey Outline


  • The Power of 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 Heroes
  • 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
  • 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.

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 lifes 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.

Become a great Storyteller

That’s why I set up The Heroine’s Journey in the great cities of the world.  A new way to use the power of your story.  To guide you to life-changing, eye-opening movies, art, literature that truly have the power to enchant, enrich and inspire.

In this journey with Peter de Kuster you’ll explore your relationship with stories so far and your unique story identity will be sketched. You will be guided to movies, art, literature, myths 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; movies 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 movies to see to take away. Your full story advice and movies to see list will follow within a couple of days.

Book your private story coaching tour

You can choose from three options:

  1. The Heroine’s Journey Short and Powerful.   This is a 8 hours – private story coaching,  one day, one – on – one with Peter de Kuster. The price is Euro 2500 excluding VAT including lunch and drinks. You can bring a maximum of three (business) partners to the private tour if you choose to.
  2. The Heroine’s Journey Intensive.  This is a 16 hours – private story coaching,  two days one – on – one with Peter de Kuster. The price is 5000 excluding VAT including lunch and drinks. You can bring a maximum of three (business) partners to the private tour if you choose to.
  3. The Heroine’s Journey Impact.  This is a 24 hours – private story coaching,  three days one – on – one with Peter de Kuster.  The price is 7500 excluding VAT including lunch and drinks. You can bring a maximum of three (business) partners to the private tour if you choose to.

Please note the private tours Short and Powerful can take place in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Barcelona, Bruxelles, Florence, London, Malaga, Madrid, Milan, München, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, Sevilla and Venice at the moment.

The private tours Intensive and the private tours Impact are offered in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Barcelona, Bruxelles, Copenhagen, Florence, London, Los Angeles, Malaga, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, München, New York, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, Sevilla, SydneyVenice and Vienna.

You can book Peter by mailing him at 

Booking Information

  • Once you have purchased a private tour you will be given information to get in touch and arrange a date and time for your private tour.
  • Private tours will take place at any given day of the week.  The private tour will take place in a story rich city.
  • Please note that once your appointment time and date have been confirmed, we have a forty-eight hour cancellation policy. Any cancellations less than 48 hours prior to an appointment, or any no-shows will be charged. Any requests to reschedule less than 48 hours prior to an appointment, cannot be guaranteed and the original appointment will be charged for other than in exceptional circumstances.

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