shadiness commencing

You will learn from unlikely teachers

[…]

One of my unlikely teachers was a friend of mine in college. He was a brilliant actor. Intimidatingly good. When we moved to New York City, he started getting cast immediately. All the biggest directors, all the hottest composers, they wanted a piece of him. Everyone. He was on fire. 

There was one problem: my friend was a jerk. He could not control his attitude. He was constantly getting in his own way.

And as a result, he worked with
everyone… once.

—  Christian Borle, Shady Side Academy Commencement Address 2014