The graduating students of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts were in for a bittersweet treat when none other than actor Robert De Niro delivered the graduation speech. And he burst their bubble the moment he got on stage. How? Well, he told them they were fucked. And then he followed it with a brutally honest sermon where he described how the real world is harsh to artists and yet it’s worth it.

Check out the whole speech here.