“What the hell can you do with an arts degree?” Many actors ask themselves that when they find themselves struggling to make it in Hollywood while saddled with student loans. It was Cate Blanchett who posed that question recently to graduating students at Macquarie University in Sydney where she received an honorary doctorate degree.
The answer to her was simple. The actress responded with another question, “What can the world do without one?”
Blanchett explained to the grads, “The arts are what we stay alive for, what we work for all week, what we dream about, what connects us and indeed, what some will say makes us human. Within this broad church is housed a myriad of professions— professions which some of you will participate in, help change, shape and evolve and I’d like to say today that it is the arts that have always been the driver of innovation and exploration.”
The 45-year-old Oscar winner understands where the students are coming from since dabbled in finance, politics, architecture and even economics before pursing an acting career. It isn’t an easy path, but Blanchett is proving that it is worth it.
Via Vanity Fair