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.
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:
- Circus performer
- Martial arts instructor
- Outdoor activities instructor
- 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