Robert De Niro gave this year’s commencement address to the graduates of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts yesterday, and what did the Oscar-winning thespian have to tell the Class of 2015?

“You’re f**ked,”; the Raging Bull star told the graduates of the fine arts school, quipping they would have been much better off if they had gotten degrees in law or medicine instead of embracing a tenuous profession in the arts.

“The school of medicine graduates, each one will get a job,” said De Niro. “The graduates in accounting? They all have jobs. Where does that leave you? Envious of those accountants? I doubt it. 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 that would give them the expectation of success and stability.”;

But wait, De Niro had an inspirational point to make: “You didn’t have that choice, did you?” he added. “You discovered a talent, developed an ambition, and recognized your passion. 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.”

As a working actor himself, De Niro cautioned the graduates to steel themselves for “a lifetime of rejection,” and that the word “next”; should become their mantra. “You didn’t get that part? Next! You’ll get the next one or the next one after that.”

His final words to the Class of 2015: “I know you’re going to make it. Break a leg. Next!”;