Stunt Performers

Stunt artists perform risky scenes in films and on tv shows. They may fall off tall buildings, get knocked from horses and motorcycles, imitate fistfights, and drive in high-speed car chases. They must know how to set up stunts that are both safe to perform and believable to audiences. In these dangerous scenes, stunt performers are often asked to double, or take the place of a star actor.

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KEY SKILLS

  • Health & Fitness

  • Stunts 

  • Adventure 

  • Sports 

  • Travel

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Hard work 

  • Physical Body Control

  • Fighting

  • Fire burns

  • Near explosions

  • Vehicle impacts

  • Rappelling

  • High falls

  • Stair falls

  • Horse falls

  • Wirework

  • Air ram

  • Precision driving

PROS

  • Frequent travels

  • Working with renowned people is a normal on your ladder to success 

  • The opportunities are endless with the effective implementation of skills

  • You can do so many things that you normally can not do

  • You get to meet some very talented people

CONS

  • It involves a lot of risk and physical danger 

  • Finding a job while just starting out is not easy

  • Money is not great if you are new

  • It is not a 9-5 job

  • The frequent travels might leave very little time for yourself 

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Companies

  • Freelancer 

  • Agencies

  • Film Studio

  • Production House 

  • Movie producers

  • You have excellent physical fitness

  • You have impeccable motor coordination 

  • You have an aptitude for sports, martial arts skills

  • You have excellent attention to detail

  • You are a team player prepared to follow the stunt coordinator’s instructions

  • You are an enthusiastic with a hard-working attitude and a passion for stunt jobs

  • You are a bold thrill-seeker who conquers their fear

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Interesting Facts about the career

  • Hal Needman broke 56 bones and his back twice.

  • Stuntmen work with a team, not just themselves.

  • In the movie 22 jump street Channing Tatum did his own stunts.

  • Tom Cruise is one of the most high profile actors to do his own stunts.

  • Special padding is part of a stunt performer’s arsenal, but if you’re a woman it may not be an option. “Sometimes certain articles of clothing like skirts prevent us from wearing thicker pads or even pads at all,” Lam explains. “Sometimes a little improvisation is needed. My skinny jeans were so tight one time I used gel petals for knee pads.” Lamb alludes to instances of having to wear “just a towel to do a fight or a stair fall.” She adds that high heels can present another hazard, but since she has often doubled for “11-year-old boys or senior citizens,” she has mostly been able to avoid them.

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