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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

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

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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