The Heroine’s Journey of Julia Marchowska

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The fact that I can work anywhere. Yesterday I was making a storyboard on a train to Warsaw and tomorrow I will be illustrating at a cafe in my hometown. Life is pretty sweet when you’re not tied
down to a strict routine.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Independence, company of inspiring people and a never ending possibility of growth. Both spiritual and intellectual.

What is my greatest fear? Being irrelevant.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? The obsessive avoidance of conflict.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? The living living trinity is to me Raman Djafari, Anna Haifisch and David O’Reilly. I think if they met they could start a revolution.

What is my greatest extravagance? I enjoy italo disco.

On what occasion would I lie? After being asked about my music taste.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Probably the precarious nature of freelance work. I can never really predict when the next job is going to come.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Right now, because my work doesn’t feel like “work”. I feel more like a creator, storyteller or entertainer. I don’t go to work, I have my whole office inside my bag. I can be anywhere where I feel like I want to be on the day.

If I could, what would I change about myself? To be able to give myself a break more often.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Inspiring another person to do great things. Or at least giving someone a reason to smile.

Where would I most like to live? Somewhere where I could go out at midnight and be able to have a coffee in some rooftop cafe. Perhaps Berlin…

What is my most treasured possession? This very ugly glass elephant sculpture I got from my best friend. It only has one ear and half of its trunk. There was a time when I used to take it whenever I travelled without that friend. It would remind me of her and it made a great prop for pictures. We always had a great laugh when looking through the pictures I took with that sad-looking elephant.

What is my most marked characteristic? My huge nose, made to sense thrill.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? A wooden playground next to the river Odra.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? The legendary red kebab trailer. They possess a very secret garlic sauce recipe.

What books influenced my life and how? The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. These books are very different in their style, length and message, but what I find in each of them is a main character on a difficult moral mission. They are peculiar people, with a rather strange approach to solving mysteries. Each book revolves in one way or another around the ideas of hedonism and anarchy in disguise. I seem to be drawn to these ideas.

Who are my favorite writers? Today they are Hunter S. Thompson, Alex Freiheit, Chuck Palahniuk.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Oh Comely by Neutral Milk Hotel.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Ripley from the Alien film by Ridley Scott

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Anda Rottenberg, Richard David James (aka Aphex Twin) and Omar Souleyman.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Only once? Dancer in The Dark by Lars von Trier.

What role plays art in my life and work? I would like to think about it as what I do for a living, but at this point in my life I think it’s still a hobby. It’s also a huge inspiration and source of reassurance.

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

Whom would I like to work with in 2019/2020? I would like to make a music video for Andy Stott.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019/2020? I would enjoy meeting Benjy Brooke.

What project, in 2019/2020, am I looking forward to work on? Working on an animated authorial project.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019/2020? Instagram @albatrro, in the streets of Gryfino, in illustrated magazines and hopefully at animation festivals.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? I have thought about this recently when I got asked by my grandma about my retirement fund as a freelancer. I had to upset her by telling her I don’t think I will ever retire.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? 
Elaine Song
Beth Mari Madeley Suganuma
Eiril Linge
Gabriela Matuszewska
Lucy Bentley
Phoebe McCaughley

How can you contact me? My website:

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.


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    You are a creative leader or creative professional  who is interested in developing yourself, your business, and your story.

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    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.

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    You want to learn more about how to resource yourself, learn about blind spots, and get feedback.

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    You are curious and want to engage in online learning.

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    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).


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.

individual coaching for leaders


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 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.

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