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.
There are no relevant qualifications, though you do need to be registered on the Equity JISC (Joint Industry Stunt Committee) Register. There are unregulated "Stunt Double Schools" that offer training schemes, but this does not work towards membership. You’ll need to be at least 18 years old, and have excellent physical fitness and a commitment to staying very fit.
The Joint Industry Stunt Committee register shows employers that you’re JISC qualified and recognised as a professional stunt performer, able to perform specialist or hazardous stunt work.
In order to get onto the JISC register, you’ll need to demonstrate you’ve got skills qualifications (to the required standard) across at least 6 different sporting areas in the following groups:
- falling – trampolining or high diving
- riding and driving – horse riding, driving cars or riding motorcycles
- fighting – martial arts or boxing
- water – swimming or sub-aqua
- agility and strength – gymnastics or rock climbing
- 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