How to become a stunt performer
You can get into this job through:
- applying directly
You can apply to the British Stunt Register's Stunt Grading Scheme. You'll need qualifications and skills across at least 6 different sporting areas in 4 of 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
The fighting category is compulsory.
You should also have completed a minimum of 60 days work in front of a camera. This must not be stunt work.
You'll also need at least one year's experience in each of your sporting areas. Throughout your career, you'll need to keep your skills and qualifications up to date.
Probationary members are encouraged to attend shoots as observers in order to broaden their knowledge of the profession. You could do this by getting experience as an extra or a 'walk-on'.
There are no official training schemes or schools to train stunt performers, although some private ‘stunt schools’ offer short courses in skills like stage combat, working with fire and stunt driving.
These courses can be useful for building experience, but will not be accepted towards membership of the register.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the British Stunt Register to get access to the Stunt Grading Scheme.
The register is divided into 5 categories of membership:
- stunt performer
- senior stunt performer
- key stunt performer
- full member
You can find more details about minimum daily and weekly rates for stunt performers from Equity, the trade union for professional performers and creative artists.