Game Changers: 'Insecure' creator Issa Rae on navigating impostor syndrome: 'Be confident in what it is that you are putting out there'
When Issa Rae created Awkward Black Girl in 2011, she never imagined her YouTube series would evolve and become one of the biggest TV shows of the decade.
For Rae, she was just doing what she loved: creating content she wanted to see with friends who look like her and share similar cultural experiences. But when Awkward Black Girl, under her brand Issa Rae Presentation at the time, went viral, she knew she created something special. Fast forward to 2016, and Insecure made its debut on HBO — and shattered the status quo in Hollywood.
“When I got the series greenlight [for Insecure] ... that was a different kind of pressure. I was really proud of the season that we had done, but then people had to like it," she tells Yahoo Entertainment.
When Insecure’s premiere episode aired on HBO on Oct. 9, 2016, anxiety quickly kicked in for Issa.