Find out everything you need to know about becoming a Stunt Performer.
Job Title – Stunt Performer
A Stunt Performer replaces film actors in scenes that are dangerous, for example where the character must jump from an exploding car and so on.
Typical Job Activities
Performs stunts, such as overturning speeding automobile or falling from
runaway horse, and participates in fight-action scenes for motion picture,
television, or stage production: Reads script and confers with DIRECTOR, MOTION
PICTURE and DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY to ascertain positions of cameras and other
Examines terrain and inspects equipment, such as harness, rigging bars, or nets to avoid injury
Coordinates body movement and facial expression to simulate giving and receiving violent blows
Rehearses stunt routines alone or with other STUNT PERFORMER
May design, build, or repair own safety equipment
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Educational Requirements Senior Certificate
Recommended subjects: Languages
There are no direct study routes to
becoming a Stunt Person
However the more skills you have in your Skill Set - the more likely you are to succeed as a Stunt Person
Here are some skills you more likely need to success as a stunt performer:
Being trained in karate / or some form of martial arts
Being athletic - various disciplines: running, long jump, pole vaulting etc.
Being skilled in horsemanship: riding and jumping
Being skilled in weight lifting
Being skilled in a wide variety of sports: snow skiing, jet skiing, mountain biking etc.
Being skilled at racing cars and motor bikes, driving trucks and skippering boats
Being in possession of a pilot’s license: plane or helicopter
Being skilled in pyrotechnics (explosions and fires)
What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?
Have physical fitness, strength and stamina
Have quick reflexes, strong eyesight and flexibility
Able to be dedication to safety
Have good communication skills
Have the ability to follow instructions well
Have a willingness to put themselves in dangerous situations
International Employment Opportunities
Movie directors and stunts coordinators
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Relevant Contact Details
South Africa and sfx
South African stunt association
Career Progress and Path
Experience in specific field
Possible Career Paths
Specialist career in the specific field
Not very stable
Reasons to consider this career
want to be physically active
I can entertain people
I want to work outdoors
I can apply my special skills