Robert De Niro had some head-turning advice for the 2015 graduating class of New York’s Tisch School of Arts.
During a speech at their graduation yesterday (May 22), he told the class to prepare themselves for a lot of rejection. He said that graduates in medicine, business, teaching and accountancy will all have jobs when they graduate, but those in the arts have passion for their chosen career.
“You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognised your passion. When you feel that, you can’t fight it, you just go with it.”
He added: “When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense.”
The two-time Oscar winner said rejection is part of working in the industry and that it isn’t always about talent.
“Rejection might sting, but my feeling is that often it has very little to do with you.
“Your mantra, your motto, your battle cry: next. You’ll get the next one,” he added.
Watch the full speech in the video below: