Robert De Niro recently gave a commencement speech to the 2015 Tisch School of the Arts graduating class in NYC. It’s full of tongue in cheek cynicism, and well worth a watch… There are many amusing moments, but also some really poignant ones, particularly about rejection.
Rejection is an inevitable part of any performance career, and there is no doubt that it stings! It’s not unreasonable to want to have a little cry if you are disappointed by an audition - you may even mope around the house for a day or so in your PJs watching Friends reruns… but there are some reactions to rejection that will help you move forward, and others that, in the long run will only do you harm.
Here are some things you don't want to do: