WE’RE HIRING A SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT MANAGER

Founded in 2000, Six Shooter Records is a full-service music universe with label, publishing and management companies built on a mandate of working with artists committed to a lifetime career in music. Our primary goal is artistic excellence. With over 20 years of experience, Six Shooter pushes the boundaries of art and innovation with a critically acclaimed roster that defies classification, a growing team that values integrity, expertise and professional advancement, and a steadfast commitment to artist development and longevity. Six Shooter Records is headquartered in Toronto, read our full land acknowledgement here and our Code of Practise here.

Ours is a fast-paced, friendly environment with an enterprising culture. We seek a new member of our marketing team, who will be key in performing day-to-day social media duties. Responsibilities will be as follows:

  • Execute and plan social media content across platforms that are consistent with the company’s brand and artists’ identity.
  • Assist in curating and executing consistent, meaningful and original content on all social media platforms for both the company and the artists. This includes writing social media copy, formatting existing graphics, and video creative into various formats for digital and print campaigns. This also includes creating, editing, and enhancing short-form videos for TikTok, Instagram Reels and YouTube Shorts.
  • Consistently stay up to date and report best practices and emerging trends in social media; apply findings to ongoing campaigns as well as artist and company accounts.
  • Assist in the community engagement on artist and company socials (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Discord, NetEase, etc.). This includes communicating with social media followers via direct messages, responding to comments/retweets in a timely manner.
  • Manage a high volume of daily social media posts across company + artist socials.
  • Suggest recommendations to adjust the social media marketing strategy for optimal results.
  • Assist in brainstorming and implementing exciting new online content.
  • Actively collaborate on the strategy and development of marketing plans for priority label projects.
  • Assist the Artist Management Team with the communication of artist socials (sharing links, press, important events, tours announcements and other information).
  • Curate and share Spotify playlists as well as refresh Spotify Six Shooter Essentials playlist during releases.
  • Update Six Shooter Records news section as well as artists websites as requested.
  • Write, assemble and send out company newsletters as needed.
  • Assist with development and execution of contesting and promotions.
  • Assist in scraping and gathering of social media and website analytics for reporting purposes.
  • Manage social influencer programs and attend social influencer events.
  • Assist with grant applications and completions for both the label and management clients as requested. Including but not limited to proofing copy, gathering marketing material examples, and collaborating on marketing development plans.
  • Other duties as required.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Proficiency with top social media platforms (e.g, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Twitter, etc.)
  • Tech-savvy
  • Video editing and graphic Design (AfterEffects, Photoshop, Premiere Pro…)
  • Excellent creative copywriting skills
  • Resourceful team player, a self-starter and risk-taker
  • Passionate about music, social media and content creation
  • Exceptional attention to detail, time management skills and the ability to multitask and prioritize, while staying ahead of deadlines in a fast-moving environment
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment, willing to pitch in whenever needed
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Optimistic with positive energy and outlook

NICE TO HAVES & ATTRIBUTES:

  • Experience in the music industry for 2+ years
  • Education related to the music business, digital marketing, or communications.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Suite products, Monday.com and Notion
  • Podcasting and/or Discord experience
  • Proficiency in MS Office, Google Suite, Dropbox, Slack, E-Clincher, MailChimp, Meta Business Suite and YouTube Studio

JOB SPECS:

Position: Social Media Content Manager

Reporting to: Director of Digital Strategy & Marketing

Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 6:00PM (ET)

Location: Toronto, ON. Six Shooter currently experimenting with an office/WFH hybrid model, subject to change as the world evolves.

Compensation: Salary range from 40K-50K to be determined commensurate with experience, and health benefits.

Application Deadline: October 10th, 2022

Click here to apply and please attach a resume and cover letter in one PDF in the Resume upload section.

No phone calls please.

We invite applications from all qualified candidates, especially from people who identify as racialized, Indigenous, differently abled, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for applicants invited to an interview.

WE’RE HIRING A BOOKKEEPER & DATA MANAGER

Founded in 2000, Six Shooter Records is a full-service music universe with label, publishing and management companies built on a mandate of working with artists committed to a lifetime career in music. Our primary goal is artistic excellence. With over 20 years of experience, Six Shooter pushes the boundaries of art and innovation with a critically acclaimed roster that defies classification, a growing team that values integrity, expertise and professional advancement, and a steadfast commitment to artist development and longevity. Six Shooter Records is headquartered in Toronto, read our full land acknowledgement here and our Code of Practise here.

Ours is a fast-paced, friendly environment with an enterprising culture. We seek a full-time member for our Finance & Administration team. Responsibilities will be as follows:

BOOKKEEPING – LABEL, MANAGEMENT, AND PUBLISHING COMPANIES

  • Under the supervision of VP Finance, oversee all day-to-day bookkeeping responsibilities related to the companies’ financial data and compliance by maintaining accurate books on accounts payable and receivable, payroll, and daily financial entries and reconciliations for Six Shooter Records Inc, Six Shooter Inc, and High Priestess Publishing Inc.
  • Process semi-monthly payroll, provide employees with paystubs. Provide annual T4s, records of employment when needed, and support any other employee payroll tax/CRA requirements. Oversee the implementation of WagePoint software.
  • Delegate and collaborate with external third-party accounting support for all tax filing and payments (HST, income taxes, payroll remittances).
  • In collaboration with artist bookkeepers and the artist management team, issue monthly management commission invoices and artist account updates including offstage invoicing updates. Maintain timely follow-up practices to ensure prompt payment.
  • Scanning receipts and related filing (physical and digital).
  • Process all sales reports (from distributors, Six Shooter’s webstore, PROs etc) for ingestion and/or inputting into Quickbooks, RoyaltyShare, internal dashboards etc.

DATA & ADMINISTRATION – LABEL & MANAGEMENT COMPANIES 

  • Maintain internal data on Google Cloud Storage (as sales statements come in, populate the required template, clean the data, and upload to Google Cloud Storage). Using BigQuery and SQL, load the data into developed databases and pull reports accordingly. With that data, maintain sales dashboards and make ad-hoc reports for stakeholders. Meet quarterly with all VPs and Directors to review data needs/reports and make suggestions. Create and present reports as requested for internal meetings, Data Days, and other purposes.
  • Be the main driver of the continuous improvement of how the companies use the data available to them. Lead other departments and empower team members in their use of data to inform decision-making, budget building, and strategic planning.
  • Manage mechanical royalties. As part of the onboarding to RoyaltyShare software that is currently underway, lead and complete an internal audit of all current deals and history of mechanicals paid. Identify and correct any issues. Work with VP Finance to develop, implement, and maintain a system to streamline the mechanical licensing and payment process going forward through the implementation of RoyaltyShare and CMRRA’s MLA program.
  • Using the implementation of RoyaltyShare diarize all album deal renewal dates, trigger reviews of these deals with label President and VP Finance in a timely manner to initiate renewal or termination processes.
  • Assist with grant completions for both the label and our management clients as requested. Including but not limited to proofing material and organizing expense documentation.

ADMINISTRATIVE – PUBLISHING

  • Invoicing for sync licenses, related accounts receivable tracking.
  • Manage receipts and payables submitted from the publishing team for bookkeeping purposes.
  • Revive and maintain internal Publishing Dashboard tool. Notify the Director of Publishing when updates are made, draw attention to any trends and/or unexpected fluctuations in revenue, etc.
  • Upon request and under the direction of the Director of Publishing, build custom sales, catalogue, results, placements etc reports using data from the Publishing Dashboard and from the Placement Pipeline Tracker in Monday (Placement Pipeline data in Monday is maintained by Director of Publishing and the Publishing & Sync Manager).
  • Take initiative to advise on improvements to the companies’ administrative processes and systems. Act as a resource for team members seeking guidance on how to improve administrative processes within their various departments.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Commitment to administrative excellence, demonstrated by accounting or bookkeeping work history; and/or data and/or royalties management work history; and/or a diploma or certificate in accounting, finance, data analytics, business or arts management.
  • A working knowledge of computerized accounting systems evidenced by employment history or completed courses using spreadsheets (e.g. Excel, Google Sheets) and one or more accounting apps (e.g. QuickBooks, Xero, Sage50).
  • A working knowledge of Google Cloud (Storage and BigQuery), SQL, Google Data Studio or equivalent skill set with Excel.
  • Self-starter with exceptional attention to detail, solid time management skills and the ability to multitask and prioritize, while staying ahead of deadlines in a fast-moving environment.
  • Excellent bookkeeping and data analysis skills.
  • Proficiency in Google Suite, Dropbox and Slack.
  • You must be able to keep financial matters strictly confidential.

ATTRIBUTES

  • Experience in the Canadian music industry.
  • Education related to the music business or other related fields.
  • Basic knowledge of Monday.com.
  • Proficiency with various funding bodies.
  • Optimistic-minded with positive energy and outlook.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment; a team player.

JOB SPECS

Position: Bookkeeper & Data Manager (Full-Time, permanent)

Reporting to: VP Finance

Start Date: Available Immediately

Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 6:00PM (EST)

Location: Preference will be given to Toronto-based candidates but we will consider remote candidates. Six Shooter is currently experimenting with an in-office/work-from-home hybrid model, subject to change.

Compensation: Salary range from $55,000-$69,000 to be determined commensurate with experience, and health benefits.

Application Deadline: Friday October 7th, 2022

Click here to apply and please attach a resume and cover letter in one PDF in the Resume upload section.

No phone calls please.

We invite applications from all qualified candidates, especially from people who identify as racialized, Indigenous, differently abled, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for applicants invited to an interview.

TEETH BARED: SKYE WALLACE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM WITH VIDEO AND TOUR

Toronto songwriter Skye Wallace today announced that her highly anticipated new album Terribly Good is set for release on October 28th, featuring her new single “Tooth And Nail,” available on all streaming platforms now.

This new album — a love letter to herself, as per Skye — is her label debut with Six Shooter, complemented by a “Tooth And Nail” video directed by Nicholas Marinelli that powerfully showcases Wallace’s steely determination to succeed.

Shaped by an upbringing of constant motion, with collapse and rebuilding at the core, Wallace is at home with the idea that change, especially in oneself, is a constant. This truism has shaped her new songs, finished during lockdown but dealing with a time when staying in one place was wishful thinking. For Wallace, there’s both comfort and conflict in remembering and reconciling the versions of herself formed at the many stops along the way.

Early credentials, including a Globe and Mail “Best 4 Canadian Albums in the World” nod in 2019, a steady stream of shows with powerhouse rockers like Crown Lands and Matt Mays and a deal with Six Shooter Records, have Wallace ready for what’s next — including a German tour kicking off this week and a Canadian tour in the fall.

LOST SOULS: WHITEHORSE KICK OFF A NEW ERA WITH TWO NEW SONGS AND ALBUM

Through their seven full-length albums, prolific duo Whitehorse — Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet — have left no emotional, personal, fantastical, or political stone unturned, and their upcoming LP, I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying, is no different. Due out on January 13, 2023, the album finds the pair venturing deeper into classic country music touchstones than ever before; a move that is both a homecoming and an evolution of their sound.

Today, Whitehorse shares a couple of tracks from I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying: “Division 5” and “Leave Me As You Found Me.” The two country-tinged songs are out now on all streaming platforms ahead of the album’s January release. Listen to the new songs now or pre-order the album (digitally or physically).

WE’RE HIRING AN OPERATIONS MANAGER

 

 

Founded in 2000, Six Shooter Records is a full-service music universe with label, publishing and management companies built on a mandate of working with artists committed to a lifetime career in music. Our primary goal is artistic excellence. With over 20 years of experience, Six Shooter pushes the boundaries of art and innovation with a critically acclaimed roster that defies classification, a growing team that values integrity, expertise and professional advancement, and a steadfast commitment to artist development and longevity. Six Shooter Records is headquartered in Toronto, read our full land acknowledgement here and our Code of Practise here.

 

Ours is a fast-paced, friendly environment with an enterprising culture. We seek a full time member of our operations team. Responsibilities will be as follows:

 

PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION

  • New release set up and maintenance for digital and physical releases with distributors.
  • Communicate with distributors to activate and maintain song and video clearances, upload and sync lyrics/tags for all new releases and back catalog, submit IP copyright claims and corrections for incorrect listings.
  • Coordinate physical production of all CDs and Vinyl with artist managers, manufacturers and distributors.
  • Maintain inventory management system for all Six Shooter and distributor stock, coordinate represses as required with Director of Operations, order CD stock from distributors for artist tours and webstore needs and act as main point of contact for all physical unit purchase orders and shipments needed from distributors’ warehouses.
  • Research, suggest, and execute new merchandise ideas for both Six Shooter and roster.
  • Proactively suggest and, once approved, execute campaigns (within Shopify), manage the content and deliver proper reporting to the marketing and finance departments.
  • Direct the Fulfillment Manager (and provide support for when needed) on the execution of mail orders, customer service, and promotions, as well as the organization and maintenance of storage spaces and units.
  • Research and apply for artist awards for label roster.
  • Service singles to radio such as CBC, Sirius XM, College Radio, and PlayMpe (as needed).
  • Assist with retrieving information for upcoming grants such as ship and sales history as well as providing assistance to multiple departments during grant completion.

 

INTERNAL OPERATIONS

  • Schedule, attend, and take notes at all marketing meetings, be the central communication hub for the department (internally & externally), and follow up with team members to ensure tasks are completed.
  • Provide deadlines to marketing and art departments during pre-release period for artwork needed for physical releases, metadata needs, release schedules to ensure smooth releases.
  • Research, build and maintain key marketing databases and customize targets for each release, as well as update new release data and maintain existing data in metadata software.
  • Coordinate and execute all promotional mail-out duties for domestic & international radio, press, and industry mail-outs including updating databases, ordering materials (envelops, stamps, CDs), manufacturing CDs domestically and abroad.
  • Coordinate newsletter distribution.
  • Assist the Director of Operations in event management such as procurement of materials for album release events, coordinating catering, event tech requirements, logistics of our annual staff conference, coordinating travel and accommodations for out of town staff, etc.
  • Direct the Office Manager (and provide support for when needed) on office tasks and organization, communication, database management, onboarding of new staff, and events.
  • Provide support to the marketing department when needed.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Experience in the Canadian music industry for 2+ years
  • Self-starter who brings a diverse perspective, with exceptional attention to detail, solid time management skills and the ability to multi-task and prioritize, while staying ahead of deadlines in a fast-moving environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with top social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, etc.)
  • Proficiency in MS Office, Google Suite, Dropbox and Slack
  • Experience with online newsletter logistics and distribution

 

ATTRIBUTES

  • Education related to the music business or other related field
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Suite of products, Notion, Monday.com, and Shopify (including Shopify supported apps)
  • Proficiency with various funding bodies
  • Optimistic minded with positive energy and outlook
  • Passionate about music with a solid grasp of the Canadian music scene and willingness to keep up with industry events and news
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment; a team player, willing to pitch in whenever needed

 

JOB SPECS:

 

Position: Operations Manager (Full-Time, permanent)

Reporting to: Director of Operations

Start Date: Available Immediately

Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 6:00PM (EST)

Location: Toronto, ON

Compensation: Salary range from $40,000K-$55,000 to be determined commensurate with experience, and health benefits.

Application Deadline: Sept 9th, 2022

 

Please click here to apply and please attach a resume and cover letter in one PDF in the Resume upload section.

 

No phone calls please.

 

We invite applications from all qualified candidates, especially from people who identify as racialized, Indigenous, differently abled, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for applicants invited to an interview.

LIVE & ALIVE: SKYE WALLACE RELEASES “EVERYTHING IS FINE (ACOUSTIC LIVE)”

 

Don’t worry! You can now listen to Skye Wallace’s gorgeous acoustic live version of “Everything Is Fine” wherever you stream music. Feel good and watch the magic unfold against a starry backdrop in the live video below.

 

STELLAR EXPANSIONS: TANYA TAGAQ RELEASES NEW ALBUM TONGUES NORTH STAR REMIXES

 

Artistic worlds collide in Tanya Tagaq’s first remix collection, Tongues North Star Remixes, inspired by songs from her recent album Tongues. Remix artists Kronos Quartet, Ash Koosha, Daedelus, The Halluci Nation, Chad Van Gaalen and July Talk are all repeat collaborators from Tagaq’s many stage, studio and video projects, while Backxwash and Dave Parley are both first-time collaborators. Tongues North Star Remixes expands on Tongues, Tagaq’s explicit musical manifesto, to defy gravity and genre alike.

 

Enter The Horizon Line Giveaway for your chance to win!

 

REVISIT REMIXER PAOLA PRESTINI’S HORIZON LINE ESSAY TODAY

 

When I met Tanya over a decade ago, I could not wait to collaborate. She was working with my husband Jeffrey Zeigler and the Kronos Quartet in Austria. I remember a late night with Howard Zinn; her brilliance captured everyone. Howard and I were smitten.

“In Me” felt like the right time – the perfect collaboration born out of trust and friendship between the three of us (Jeff, me and T) – and this kind of bond cannot be forged. It needs time. And it seems that time is not a luxury that our contemporary world affords. In order to truly collaborate across cultures one needs to ask how they are entering a space and how they are exiting. What they can bring to the table and how to listen, credit, and learn. In light of this, I have been thinking a lot about cultural sovereignty – whose culture is protected? How do we make space for the evolution of contemporary practice while capturing and recalibrating the losses that have been suffered?

I have learned so much about Tanya through her music and activism, and this piece, with its visceral lyrics and the understanding that the land speaks first resonated deeply with me. What does it mean to subsist off the land and then be told that it is not right? Tanya demands one listens and rethink their judgement, and through the urgency of her voice and composition a painting of the land and the rights of its people and their traditions is invoked. In my reimagining, the solo cello “channels” Tanya through rapid alternations of high and low notes, wide glissandos and tremolos, while the string orchestra adds its own evocative sounds, inspired by her multiphonic vocals and the electronic effects on the recording. Protecting cultural value is our task as human beings. It’s a joy to be a small part of Tanya’s story, imagination, and passion.

Written by Paola Prestini

STAR-CROSSED LOVERS: WHITEHORSE RELEASE THEIR VERSION OF “WE’LL SWEEP OUT THE ASHES IN THE MORNING”

 

Whitehorse venture deeper into 70’s country classicism in their new release “We’ll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning.” The duo’s reimagining of the Joyce Ann Allsup original invokes iconic Phase 90 guitar frequencies reminiscent of the era’s country legends. “We’ll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning” fans the flames ignited by “Summer Wine” to present a set of smoldering summer covers.

NEW DIMENSIONS: TANYA TAGAQ’S “IN ME” AND “TONGUES” REIMAGINED

 

Tanya Tagaq’s “In Me” and “Tongues” from her album Tongues have been reimagined in her first remix collection, Tongues North Star Remixes, out July 22. Paola Prestini’s “In Me,” is a sinuous piece, the result of a long and careful process, and is the two composers’ explicit statement against cultural appropriation in classical and experimental music. Daedelus’ take on “Tongues” is a jittery braindance that channels the original’s fury in a hypnotic, Newton’s Cradle exchange. With avant, classical, electronic and experimental selections, the album expands Tagaq’s fearsome and futuristic musical universe into new dimensions.

SUNSET SIPPER: WHITEHORSE COVER “SUMMER WINE”

 

A bouquet of psychedelic country pop, Whitehorse’s “Summer Wine” arrives dripping with lush guitar notes and seductive vocals, mixing a moody and mysterious flavour to the Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood original.

 

TOUR DATES

JUNE

BIG RIVER, SK: Jack Pine Music Festival, June 24

JULY

CALGARY, AB: Big Four Roadhouse, July 10 w/ Steve Earle, The Mavericks, Matt Mays, Lucette
SQUAMISH, BC: Squamish Constellation Festival, July 22
THOUSAND ISLAND PARK, NY: Thousand Island Park Tabernacle, July 30

AUGUST

CHERRY VALLEY, ON: The Hayloft, Aug 5
KITCHENER, ON: Kitchener Bluesfest, Aug 4
GEORGETOWN, PEI: Cloggeroo The Island Folk Festival, Aug 13

Tickets and details here.

ELLIOTT BROOD RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR “A MONTH OF SUNDAYS”

TOUR DATES

JUNE

EDMONTON, AB: The Starlite Room, June 1
VANCOUVER, BC: Hollywood Theatre, June 3
VICTORIA, BC: Capital Ballroom, June 4
CREEKSIDE, BC: Creekside Theatre, June 8
OLIVER, BC: Venables Theatre, June 9
NELSON, BC: Spiritbar, June 10
GOLDEN, BC: The Rockwater, June 11
LETHBRIDGE, AB: Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 12
KINGSTON, ON: The Grad Club, June 18
HARROW, ON: Harrow Legion, June 24
HARROW, ON: Harrow Legion, June 25

JULY

PAISLEY, ON: FreeWaves Concert Series – Paisley Blues Festival, July 2

AUGUST

KINGSVILLE, ON: The Greenway Jam, Aug 13

Tickets and details here.

HORIZON LINE SPECIAL EDITION: LANA GAY WRITES ABOUT SKYE WALLACE

 

Have you ever said everything is fine and actually meant it?

While giving context to her new song, Skye Wallace paralleled many people’s pandemic existence, especially my own: “We often say everything is fine when it’s not. On the other hand, we can tell ourselves ‘everything is fine’ just to keep going.”

Like many, on what felt like March 385th 2020, I decided to get organized during lockdown. After sorting my closet, kitchen and an old file shred-a-thon, it was time to tackle organizing the thousands of photos on my laptop. It was then, while going back to the earliest iPhone photo backups, that I had to come to terms with all the pictures I forgot to delete of… stove tops. My old stove in Vancouver, with the ridiculous word poetry magnets, my friend’s tiny gas stove in Barcelona from when I visited in 2018, the sleek stove of an AirBNB in Silverlake with the kettle taken off the burner, and the same kitchen stove I’ve used in my current apartment over and over again. I was always safeguarding, for reasons I can’t explain, to confirm that the appliances were off. It started out as looking at the knobs or touching the cold burners. Over time that wasn’t enough to confirm what consumed me – that if I’d accidentally left a stove on I could start a fire and hurt someone.

I can’t pinpoint when the obsessions began, nor why I need to confirm a stove won’t magically turn itself on. Even if I haven’t used it for days, every time I leave the house I check. And check. On the good days, weeks or months, just once. The others – it can be a whole song and dance routine of touching burners, counting touchpoints, and, since getting an iPhone, on the very bad days when I am crippled by a turned off stove, I take a photo. Whenever I have a moment of panic, I can check the photo and know that everything is fine. Another checking compulsion, sure, but one that works really well.

God forbid I ever have a fireplace.

Around the same time during the pandemic, and with far fewer photos of stovetops, Skye Wallace was having different conversations with herself about mental health and life as a musician caught in the gray area of a locked down existence. According to Wallace, she wrote “Everything is Fine” with friend Alex Marusyk as a mutual coming together, not just to bare her soul during a time of anxiety and depression, but to try to assess what was going on and attempt to get things under control. To try to find that control without knowing how, and without losing touch with herself in the process. “It cracked me open in a way that I needed, I wanted to connect with people; everyone collectively had been through so much” said Wallace in conversation, “Knowing the honesty in rawness and vulnerability can strike a chord, the goal was also to find comfort in the process, to be softer to yourself and find happiness, joy, or even simply find a way to get out of the cyclical spirals in your head.”

While some may wear a metaphorical mask when doing this work, for the video, Skye decided to don a real one, adding levity to gloom by becoming a sad swamp thing looking for small wins. Keeping vulnerability as the undercurrent was important: “I wanted people to see it and laugh and not be more bogged down…while making sure to acknowledge the pieces of the process people go through. To [connect] with this creature and character, the way they go about life. It’s the melancholy and the lightness after the storm. To go about a day with depression and do everything within your toolkit and in your power to try to be okay.”

For the last 14 months I’ve added to my toolkit. It now includes a therapist specializing in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, working through Exposure and Response Prevention, and slowly learning to sit with uncertainty (stove and all) during a very uncertain time. For many years I hid behind the colloquial use of OCD as an adjective, as it’s unfortunately become common to describe everything from tidiness to having specific quirks or preferences as ‘OCD.’ Though those could be compulsions, compared to casually tossing around a disorder, my reality of living with one is far from just being particular or having an organized calendar. It can be overwhelming, exhausting and at times crippling. But like common responses to “‘How are you?”’ If we told people what we were really feeling, would they want to know? Or do we tell ourselves and others ‘everything is fine,’ put on a metaphorical mask, and keep going? I’m trying to take the mask off now. Maybe it’s not about being fine, it’s about trying to get better.

“Storytelling is everything,” says Wallace, “Our stories are at the core of connecting. Wanting to listen and wanting to be heard, it’s incredible.”

Listen to “Everything Is Fine” along with songs by Begonia, Otis Redding, and Jungle in our playlist, curated by Lana Gay.