Passion Never Retires for Filomena Croce

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The best thing I love about my work is making people happy. Seeing their smile, seeing them singing with me, dancing, having fun, making them feel emotions. It is letting them escape from the reality and taking them with me to places they have never been to.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? My idea of perfect happiness is making music and being surrounded by the people I love

What is my greatest fear? I am a warrior. I fight and don’t give up. My greatest fear is to lose everything I achieved. To lose myself, my independency, my voice. Without my voice I am nothing.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Insecurity. But I am learning how not to let it affect me and my life anymore. If you don’t like something, just change it instead of sitting there complaining about it.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire whoever is willing to fight for their dreams without giving up. Ever.

What is my greatest extravagance? I am a tiny woman (1.48m tall) but I still was able to have much strenght and do many things that most people would not do.

On what occasion would I lie? I cannot really lie.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I don’t drive, so travelling from a location to another with equipment and at strange times can be difficult.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I recently had a three day tour in Germany and the moment in which we played at the Parade was just fantastic. All that energy, the music, everything was great.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I am already working on myself a lot. And I have to say, it’s not easy, but it’s going pretty good!

What is my greatest achievement in work? When I got accepted for my Master of Music here in The Netherlands, it was a great achievement to me.
To be playing now with teachers from Conservatories is also really like a dream come true

Where would I most like to live? In my life so far I lived in Italy, United Kingdom, The Netherlands. I travelled for music a lot. I found out that wherever my heart is happy, that’s where my home is. Where that is geographically doesn’t really matter.

What is my most treasured possession? The people who really love me. I don’t own them of course, but they are the dearest thing I have.

What is my most marked characteristic? I’m stubborn

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? A park with trees, water, animals. I just like sitting there on a bench and let the inspiration come. But where I lived before, in Cardiff, it was amazing. There is a Museum of Natural Sciences and I just loved going there watching the creation and evolution of the earth and lose myself in all that.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? “All you can eat” places are always more than appreciated!

What books influenced my life and how? I grew up with The Lord of The Rings

Who are my favorite writers? Tolkien, Stoker

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I like to think that I still have time for that. I will tell you when the moment will come 😉

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? I can’t really say I have a heroine. It would be nice if we all could become the hero or heroine of ouselves.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Also The Lord of The Rings

What role plays art in my life and work? I work with art, so it is really important. I also used to read a lot when I was younger.

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

Whom would I like to work with in 2017? With all people who are willing to share music together in a nice atmosphere.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2017? Always wanted to meet João Gilberto, but that’s a bit difficult LOL

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? That’s still a secret for now 😉 but I travelled a lot and met many musicians, so it would be nice to organise something with some of them again if possible. Then there is the graduation for my Master of Music, of course 🙂

Where can you see me or my work in 2017? I have concerts throughout The Netherlands and abroad, and for who cannot come, there are videos I share on facebook and youtube.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? “Passion Never Retires” means never stop dreaming, never stop believing in yourself and what you do whatever age you have and in whatever moment (difficult or not) of your life you are in. And that whatever happens, it’s never too late to start all over again.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
My friend and singer/songwriter Monika Miedzianowska
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