Robert DeNiro is rarely one to mince words.
In a commencement speech to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, the actor, who’s known for “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “Meet the Parents” and about 1,000 other movies, DeNiro told the graduates, who had earned degrees in the performing arts, “Tisch graduates, you made it and you’re f***ed.
“Think about that,” he continued, “the graduates of the school of nursing, they all have jobs. The graduates of the college of dentistry, fully employed. The Leonard N. Stern School of Business graduates, they’re covered.”
“The school of medicine graduates, each one will get a job. The proud graduates of the NY School of Law, they’re covered, and if they’re not, who cares, they’re lawyers. The English majors are not a factor. They’ll be home writing their novels.”
“Teachers, they’ll all be working. Sh**ty jobs, lousy pay but still working. The graduates in accounting, they all have jobs.
Where does that leave you? Envious of those accountants? I doubt it. They had a choice.”
Yeah, you’re f***ed. The good news is, that’s not a bad place to start.”
Listen to the whole speech. It’s at once inspiring and realistic – in only a way Robert DeNiro can be. He talks about rejection in a way anyone, not just people in the entertainment industry, can relate to.
Here’s the video:
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