What is the best thing that I love about my work? The journey to a new song, I love watching it unfold to a full story.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? I believe a true dream is living in a beautiful reality that you created for yourself, so basically my happiness is living my dreams in real time.
What is my greatest fear? My fears rotate depending on the situations life brings about, but if I had to choose one lingering fear I’d say it would be not having enough time to do all the things I would like to do.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Lol… As an artist you tend to tear yourself apart, down ,up and sideways at times, questioning all that comes to your mind or the minds of others. Occasionally, I am at a tug of war with myself which is an uncomfortable battle.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? So many greats have passed on in the last few years that were instrumental in shaping my view and my path in life, my choice person of inspiration among the living is “SADE”, she in my eyes has an almost perfect music path. Sade makes music that she loves, is respected for her work around the world and has managed to stay out of the nasty press/ tabloids game that surrounds the music industry. The air around this woman has a quiet magic. Powerful.
What is my greatest extravagance? My downtime is important to stay in a good mental state so my travels are not on shoestring budgets Live! Experiment! Enjoy!
On what occasion would I lie? There aren’t that many occasions that would make a lie necessary but in this industry you have a phrase “ fake it till you make it” Im not a fan of FAKING it but I am a supporter of highlighting yourself and going in with full confidence even if a small bit of the puzzle may be missing. BELIEVE in yourself and never apologise for what you are bringing to the table.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? All the paperwork that surrounds it 🙂
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Happiness appears when I am creating, singing in the studio, performing my works on stage, working with brilliant musicians, making new connections and sitting back and listening to final productions.. this is ongoing and takes place all over the world. My first releases in Japan as a kid were great moments, starting to write my own songs was awesome but the breaking free from puppeteer strings and having the guts to take on my own journey was probably one of the most poignant parts of my story so far. I at one point was so wrapped in doubt and surrounded by a shadowy people that were riding on my insecurities. My the flight to “freedom” was linked to some hard times it ended up being one of the best things I could do for myself. Risking it all has brought a type of happiness that’s hard to put into words.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I’m impatient. I consciously work on my patience and inner stillness daily.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Starting my own label, publishing company and pushing my own album through that label myself in 1 year.
Where would I most like to live? I love where I live now, on a quiet secluded farm that’s close enough to the Munich city. There are so many places in the world I love being, that’s where travel comes in. Some of my top favs are Amsterdam, San Francisco, Sicily, Sardinia….
What is my most treasured possession? Photographs. Family, friends, memories, moments …irreplaceable
What is my most marked characteristic? Physically : Wild hair, recognisable profile
Personality: Determined. I find a way.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? My studio… at home.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? When I am out and about in Munich I’ll grab Ethiopian food.
Who are my favorite writers? James Baldwin is one of my favourite writers
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Sade, Michael Jackson, Prince, Falco, Satin Jackets, Christine and the queens.. geez.. there are so many!
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Pam Grier played the iconic character FOXY BROWN. FOXY was a bad ass woman .. and one of the first black heroines on silver screen. Look & attitude 100 %
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Personal Heros/Heroines
This seems cliche but I have to really mention my parents here, without them I
would of never had the fuel/ fire/ desire to develop as an artist. They invested their
time and effort in me from the very start.. I am very thankful for that! Working along side my dreams while reaching their own or maybe even sacrificing some of their own.
My life partner is my HERO. He literally is my wind. Heros/Heroines from the current culture ? Not sure. I like a lot of the messages and causes out there being fought and rallied for but as of right now there isn’t anyone that I can say.. YASSSS that’s it.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Dancer in the Dark
What role plays art in my life and work? A constant role. I love it , respect it , live it and create it.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My Love. Johannes.
Whom would I like to work with in 2020? Collaboration is a focus of mine for 2020.
Im open. Musicians, producers, songwriters, bookers, Also I’d love to connect with some more people on the electro scene, Maybe even Satin jackets or Kazzey at some point.
What project, in 2020, am I looking forward to work on? My solo work as “Mishell Ivon” and my band “Novi”.
Where can you see me or my work in 2020?
Modern day goddess video
Instagram @ Novi_band
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It lives within you. It won’t die if you don’t let it.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Alicia Perrone of “fans of jimmy century”, Toni Jones of “ brow snob”
How can you contact me?
Thank you for the beautiful picture Felix Baab!
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.
IS THE HEROINE’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 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.
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 email@example.com 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.