Watch Robert De Niro tell graduates about dealing with rejection

23 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

The actor, director, and producer—whose film credits include Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, and Bang the Drum Slowly—delivered their commencement speech on Friday (May 22.) When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump commonsense.

Every university graduate would love to have Robert de Niro deliver them a speech as they finally emerge from their degree – and this video proves why.The two-time Academy Award winner and high school dropout gave one of the more memorable commencement speeches delivered by a celebrity this year, imparting his sage wisdom with a smile on Friday to the graduating class of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. “You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognized your passion,” De Niro addressed the masses assembled at Madison Square Garden for the ceremony. “When you feel that, you can’t fight it—you just go with it. The star, who was recently deemed to be the best actor of all time, was delivering a seemingly harsh reality check to students, pointing out that the accountants and medical students from the uni were going to walk into jobs. 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. 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. 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. 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. The good news is that that’s not a bad place to start.’ The audience burst into cheers at the words as the actor made it clear that he was sure that the graduates would get their big breaks but didn’t patronise them by implying it would be an easy journey to success.

It seems the director is always right.” “You’re not responsible for the entire job, but your part in it,” he added. “You will put your everything into everything you do. 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. Their outing instantly sparks questions as to whether or not there’s a romantic relationship brewing between the two stars, but when asked if the twosome are dating by a paparazzo, Fox responded, “Khloé’s a good friend.” The 30-year-old E! star has famously been on-and-off with rapper French Montana following her highly publicized divorce to fellow former Laker player Lamar Odom. In fact, she said, she finds it “awkward” when people ask about the status of their romance. “I don’t know what to say any more, because people go up and down in relationships.

You’ll feel it when doors close on you while you’re trying to get attention for something you’ve written or when you’re looking for a directing or choreography job. 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.

Though I would make an exception for having a couple of drinks if hypothetically you had to speak to a thousand graduates and their families at a commencement ceremony. You’ll get a lot of direction in your career, some of it from directors, some from studio heads, some from money people, some from writers, though usually they’ll try to keep the writers from a distance, and some from your fellow artists. The first thing they said is, “Keep it short,” and they said, “It’s OK to give a little advice, it’s kind of expected, and no one will mind.” And then they said to keep it short. It’s difficult for me to come with advice for you who have already set upon your life’s work, but I can tell you some other things I tell my own children.

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