Martin Scorsese’s commencement speech to the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Class of 2014
“You can’t do your work according to the people’s values, I’m also not talking about following your dream either. I never liked the inspirational value of that phrase.
Dreaming is a way of tribulising the process, the obsession that carries you through the failure as well as the successes which would be harder to get through. I mean if you’re dreaming you’re sleeping and it’s important and it’s imperative to always be awake to your feelings, your possibilities, your ambitions. But you also know this, for your work, your passion.
Everyday is a re-dedication. Painters, dancers, actors, writers, filmmakers. It’s the same for all of you. All of us. Every step is a first step. Every brush stroke is a test. Every scene is a lesson. Every shot is a school. So, let the learning continue.”
— Martin Scorsese