BY SHAMAN MOMOH
Hollywood legend, Robert De Niro was last week at the commencement ceremony of the NYU‘s Tisch School of Arts and the actor took his brutal honesty with him to the event.
The Raging Bull and The Godfather star delivered a commencement speech that talked about the harsh realities involved in becoming a successful artist in today’s world. Even though some of his comments came across as blunt, he was able to communicate them with hilarious excellence.
When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense. You weren’t just following dreams, you were reaching for your destiny. You’re a dancer, a singer, a choreographer, musician, a filmmaker, a writer, a photographer, a director, a producer, an actor, an artist. Yeah, you’re fucked.
De Niro gave an insight as to why he would advise his children to go study accounting in school instead of art while he also talked about rejection in the industry, saying, “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 something or someone different in mind. That’s just how it is. (…) By the way, there will be times when your best isn’t good enough. There can be many reasons for this, but as long as you give your best you’ll be OK.“
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