Nothing like words of encouragement from Robert De Niro! The Oscar winner delivered a rather disheartening speech to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts grads on May 22, telling aspiring young artists that they’re ‘f–ked.’ WATCH his speech here!
You would think Robert De Niro would offer up some sage advice and encouragement to aspiring actors, directors and writers, but frankly it’s quite the opposite! The 71-year-old actor addressed New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts class of 2015, and told them what no young person wants to hear ever — that they’ll face a “lifetime of rejection.”
Robert De Niro’s NYU Speech At Commencement: Tells Grads ‘You’re F–ked’
Don’t worry, Robert doesn’t think every grad will have a hard time finding a job. He was confident that people graduating with nursing, dentistry, medicine and teaching degrees would likely find a job. However, if you’re an artist, “you’re f–ked.” Well isn’t this what every grad wants to hear!
“You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognized your passion,” Robert says. “When you feel that you can’t fight it, you just go for it. When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense. You aren’t just following dreams, you’re reaching for your destiny.”
That earned a rightful round of applause, but then things took a turn.
‘Yeah you’re f–ked,’ he said. Interesting words coming from Robert, who dropped out of high school to purse an acting career! (Not that we’re knocking that or anything, he’s had a majorly successful career.) He’s just telling it like it is.
‘The good news is that that’s not a bad place to start,” he continues. “Now that you’ve made your choice, or rather succumbed to it, your path is clear. It’s not easy, but clear. You have to keep working; it’s that simple.”
Well, he does have a point there! Robert also went on to say that grads pursuing arts fields are “opening a door to a lifetime of rejection,” which he says is “inevitable.” He didn’t sugarcoat anything one bit, but hey, the audience sure seemed to get a kick out of everything he was saying! This was without a doubt one memorable commencement speech.
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— Julianne Ishler