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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 performers
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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Related Occupations

Film director
Film maker

Educational Requirements Senior Certificate

Compulsory subjects: None
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

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Possible Employers

Movie directors and stunts coordinators

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Relevant Contact Details


Pyranha Stunts

Stunts South Africa and sfx

The South African stunt association

Dimension Stunts School

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field

Employment Stability

Not very stable

Reasons to consider this career

I want to be physically active
I can entertain people
I want to work outdoors
I can apply my special skills