I’m actually a very sensitive, introverted person. I have struggled a great deal with depression and anxiety, and I’ve had to find ways to pull myself out of it, which is a very difficult thing when you’re in the midst of those feelings. One thing I think helps is talking about it. I think people are afraid to admit to these dark parts of themselves because they’re afraid it will be perceived as weakness, but the more we realize that it’s a fairly common experience, the less alone we feel. It’s also important to find ways to just force yourself out of it, even if it’s only temporary. That really is one of the reasons I have DeLa. She does not get hopeless. She is an eternal optimist. Some days I want nothing more than to stay in bed and drown myself in a vat of melted Ben and Jerry’s, but if I have a gig that night, I put on that makeup and it forces me to look at the positive. Because that’s who DeLa is. Some people think that sounds crazy. So be it. It’s the crazy that works for me.