Robert De Niro had some stern advice for the graduates of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
He told the crowd at Friday's (May 22nd) ceremony, "Tisch graduates, you made it...and you're f***ed! Think about that. The graduates from the school of nursing? They all have jobs. The graduates from the college of dentistry? Full 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. S**tty jobs and 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. Maybe they were passionate about accounting but it's more likely that they used reason and logic and common sense to reach for a career that could give them the expectation of success and stability. Reason, logic, common sense? At the Tisch School of Arts? Are you kidding me?"
- The Oscar winner went on to tell the class that they are "opening a door to a lifetime of rejection" but added, "When it comes to the arts, passion should trump common sense. Your path is clear. You have to keep working."