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Job Description

A Stunt Performer will stand in for actors if the action is too dangerous for the actor to complete, this could be for a film or on a TV set, or at a specific attraction or show. Rates of pay and hours can vary enormously, most stunt performers are self employed and will work for a set fee, hours can be unsociable and irregular.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need to be at least 18 years old, and have excellent physical fitness and a commitment to staying very fit.

You’ll also need to join the British Stunt Register. As a member you'll have access to the Stunt Grading Scheme. This shows employers that you’re recognised as a professional stunt performer and can perform hazardous or specialist stunt work.

To get onto the Stunt Grading Scheme, you’ll need to show you’ve qualifications and skills to across at least 6 different sporting areas in the following groups:

  • fighting – martial arts or boxing
  • falling – trampolining or high diving
  • riding and driving – horse riding, driving cars or riding motorcycles
  • agility and strength – gymnastics or rock climbing
  • water – swimming or sub-aqua

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could become a stunt arranger or coordinator.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Actor
  • Circus performer
  • Diver
  • Martial arts instructor
  • Outdoor activities instructor

Required Skills

You'll need:

  • a high standard of physical fitness
  • an interest in sports and outdoor pursuits
  • good communication and people skills
  • adaptability and flexibility
  • to be able to work well as part of a team
  • some acting skills
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