Actress and comedian Retta has recently released a new book, a memoir called So Close To Being the Sh*T, Y’all Don’t Even Know. In it, she discusses various run-ins with celebrities, including a hilarious one where she had to check Taylor Swift, but also the lessons she’s learned along the way. During her sit down with “The Real,” she spoke about how she had to lose out on a role to get over her fear of success.
“It was the first time the I learned the meaning of the fear of success. I never understood that phrase. It didn’t make sense to me. How can you fear success? But it’s the fear of all the things you have to do. And the fear of not getting to that success. I was scared because I have a bad ankle so I can’t wear heels. I was like, ‘They’re going to want me to wear heels. I can’t do it.’ I thought, it was a period piece. I was like, ‘How are they going to dress me? I’m a big girl and I’m supposed to be dressed like the skinny girls.’ Not knowing they have a costume department that makes the clothes to fit you. I thought they were going to have to go to Nordstrom’s to match the stuff that the smaller girls could wear. I had all these things in my head, instead of just doing what I needed to do. I was so scared. So I kept putting it off, putting it off to the point where they had to hire someone. They cast her so she got the job.
For me, it was a learning experience. I learned you’re here to do a job. I came to this town to do a job. Stop being scared because you have to put in the work. And so I stopped worrying. Once I got through that. Once I watched it in the theater, I was like, ‘Oh, she’s wearing flats.’ I was scared I’d have to wear heels. I was like, ‘You know what b*tch, reel it in. Do what you need to do.”