College graduation really is a prime time to get life-after-school advice–and kudos to you if you went to a school cool enough to book an A-list celeb to give you a few tidbits before throwing your cap into the air.
Unless, of course, you are opposed to the more dreary, cold-hard-truth-about-life advice. In which case, you might not have appreciated Robert De Niro’s snappy-but-sincere speech at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts grad ceremony.
Complex.com got hold of the Oscar-winners send-off speech to the prospective artists in which he proclaims:
“You’re an artist—yeah, you’re fucked… The good news is that’s not a bad place to start,”
Ah, ain’t it the truth though.
The Raging Bull star went on to offer a few glimmers of hope–granted, in the midst of warnings of lifetimes full of rejection and drug-fueled coping mechanisms:
“Rejection might sting, but my feeling is that often, it has very little to do with you. When you’re auditioning or pitching, the director or producer or investor may have someone different in mind, that’s just how it is. That happened recently when I was auditioning for the role of Martin Luther King in Selma! Which was too bad because I could’ve played the hell out of that part. I felt it was written for me! But the director had something different in mind, and she was right. It seems the director is always right.”
Sound advice from the guy who was turned down for the role of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather only to later become one of Martin Scorsese’s go-to guys.
You can watch the full interview here.