Robert De Niro delivered the commencement speech to a group of graduating performance students at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts graduation on Friday. In no uncertain terms, he intoned “You made it — and, you’re f—ed.”
At the Madison Square Garden-set ceremony, he bluntly noted that graduates with degrees in nursing, dentistry, business, law and education all have a future of stability ahead of them.
Addressing those who chose to pursue a degree in the performing arts, he said. “You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognized your passion. “When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense.
The actor and Tribeca Film Festival co-founder continued his frank speech by clarifying what’s ahead. “You got through Tisch, that’s a big deal. Big deal!”
“A new door is opening for you — a door to a lifetime of rejection. It’s inevitable,” he warned of post-graduate life. “How do you cope? I hear that Valium and Vicodin work! … You don’t want to block the pain too much. Without the pain, what would we talk about?”
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