Rober De Niro’s Inspiring Commencement Speech, “You’re F–ked”


Hollywood star Rober De Niro delivered a commencement speech filled with a heavy dose of reality to graduates of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. One of Hollywood’s tough guys who is best known for his roles in The Godfather: Part II and Goodfellas didn’t hold back in front of an audience full of aspiring actors, writers, directors and others who majored in the arts, saying their futures are far from a sure thing.

You discovered a talent, developed an ambition, and recognized your passion,” Rober De Niro said at the ceremony. “When you feel that you can’t fight it, you just go for it. When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense. Yeah you’re f–ked. The good news is, that’s not a bad place to start,” he said, adding how other NYU graduates had much brighter prospects. “The school of medicine graduates, each will get a job,” he said. For Tisch alumnus he had a simple advice in tow: “A new door is opening for you. A door to a lifetime of rejection,” he said. “It’s inevitable. It’s what graduates call the real world… How do you cope with it? I hear that Valium and Vicodin work.”