Robert De Niro Gives Blunt, Funny, Inspiring Commencement Speech to Acting …

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‘You’re f—–‘: Robert De Niro gives amazing speech to NYU art school grads, warns them to be ready for ‘a lifetime of rejection’.

Speaking to the actors, dancers, writers, directors, photographers and filmmakers, the 71-year-old listed all the other graduates, like doctors, who are leaving school with jobs and told the group of artists, “You’re f—ed.” “You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognized your passion,” he said in his commencement speech (which can be watched here). “When you feel that, you can’t fight it, you just go with it. Robert De Niro stunned graduating students at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts on Friday by telling them their futures were starting from a very bleak place. The movie icon donned cap and gown to deliver the commencement speech at Madison Square Garden, and he wasn’t holding back as he told the audience made up of students and their families what to expect, post-college. So will the law school grads and if they don’t “who cares, they’re lawyers,” he said. “Teachers, they’ll be working, s—– jobs and lousy pay, but they will be working.” De Niro said he heard “Valium and Vicodin” are good at easing the pain of rejection. You aren’t just following dreams, you’re reaching for your destiny.” “Now that you’ve made your choice—or, rather, succumbed to it—your path is clear,” he continued. “Not easy, but clear.

Martin Luther King in “Selma.” A proud New Yorker, De Niro won Academy Awards for his roles in “The Godfather Part II” and “Raging Bull” and is considered one of the finest actors of his generation. He is also well known for his comedic turns in movies like “Meet the Fockers.” “I thought it was funny because he’s known to be kind of a crass guy,” said Goldstein, 24, who was rushing to catch a train to Connecticut, where he is appearing in a Shakespeare play. “I do have a job right now!” “He was just being honest,” added 22-year-old Jamie Jensen. “We were all just laughing. It seems the director is always right.” De Niro then shared a couple of real stories before suggesting that the grads adopt a new mantra, motto, battle cry – “Next!” – which should be shouted when “you didn’t get that part,” adding, “As long as you give your best, it’s okay.” He also revealed the advice that he gives his six kids: Don’t go to acting school, “get an accounting degree instead,” he joked before clarifying, “As corny as it sounds, I say, ‘Don’t be afraid to fail.’ I urge them to take chances, to keep an open mind, to welcome new experiences and new ideas. Big deal! “Rejection might sting, but my feeling is that often, it has very little to do with you,” De Niro continued. “When you’re auditioning or pitching, the director or producer or investor may have someone different in mind, that’s just how it is. Maybe they were passionate about accounting, but I think it’s more likely they used reason and logic and common sense to research a career,” the two-time Academy Award winner said. “But you didn’t have that choice, did you?

You know it going in to art school.” “It was right at the beginning — first line,” said Maria Jensen, 54, who is from Mount Bethel, Pa. “You don’t really want to use the F-bomb in front of thousands of people. Whether you’re working for Federico Fellini or Martin Scorsese, your commitment and your process will be the same.” “Did you get straight A’s in school?” he inquired rhetorically. “If you did, good for you, congratulations. The actor’s 15-minute speech was peppered with expletives as he warned that many in the audience — future directors, actors, producers, musicians, singers, dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, writers and photographers — faced a lifetime of rejection ahead.

Next!” New York University is the largest private university in the United States, with three campuses that grant degrees and 12 sites across the globe where faculty and students can study.

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