“Prince of Puke” John Waters, one of the greatest living filmmakers and troublemakers, gave the commencement speech for the graduating class from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Which, based on Waters’ often “scandalous” reputation is crazy and great. But nonetheless, Waters’ speech proves to be as inspiring for any artist — aspiring or otherwise — as his films are immature, revolting, and hilarious.
One bit I particularly appreciate is the following:
Hopefully you have been taught never to fear rejection in the workplace. Remember, a no is free. Ask for the world and pay no mind if you are initially turned down. A career in the arts is like a hitchhiking trip: All you need is one person to say “Get in” and off you go. And then the confidence begins.
“…a no is free.” I love that. And here’s another great bit:
"Contemporary art’s job is to wreck what came before. Is there a better job description than that to aspire to?"
"Go out in the world and fuck it up beautifully."
Be sure to watch the entire video above. It’s wonderful.