While we may think of Hollywood stars as fearless, they suffer from the same fear of success as many of us do. This was certainly true of “Saturday Night Live” alum Will Forte.
Though Forte did improv comedy with The Groundlings and told Indiewire that “SNL” was his primary career goal, he began his television career as a writer. He wrote for The Jenny McCarthy Show, Late Show with David Letterman and 3rd Rock from the Sun before landing a job on That 70’s Show in 2001. — after auditioning at the invitation of producer Lorne Michaels — he initially declined to stay with the sitcom.
“I was just so nervous about taking the SNL job for financial reasons,” Forte told The Daily Beast, calling it “a job security that was rare.” But he also admitted fear. “Because it was a dream that I had for so long, I was just scared and scared that I was going to fail at it,” he revealed.
Forte’s career as a writer also made him think differently. “At one point I was just like, ‘Okay, I’m a writer! I think I’m obviously not going to go to ‘SNL’,” he recalled, also thinking he couldn’t quit his contract. But after a year of questioning his decision, he didn’t pass up when the opportunity presented itself for “SNL” again, this time with the support of his bosses. “[They] said: ‘Do it, and if it doesn’t work out, you have a job here when you come back.’ So that’s how it all worked out,” he said.