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My Stunt Life: How I Became a Professional Stunt Performer



My Stunt Life: How I Became a Professional Stunt Performer




If you have ever wondered what it takes to be a stunt performer, you are not alone. Stunt performers are the unsung heroes of the film and television industry, risking their lives to create thrilling and realistic action scenes. But how do they get into this profession? What skills and training do they need? And what are the challenges and rewards of working as a stunt performer?


In this article, I will share with you my personal journey of becoming a professional stunt performer. I will tell you how I discovered my passion for stunts, how I trained and honed my skills, how I landed my first gigs, and how I cope with the physical and mental demands of the job. I will also give you some tips and advice on how to pursue a career in stunts, if you are interested in following this path.


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How I Discovered My Passion for Stunts




I have always been an adventurous and athletic person. Ever since I was a kid, I loved to climb trees, jump off roofs, ride bikes, and play sports. I was also fascinated by movies, especially action movies. I would watch them over and over again, trying to figure out how they did those amazing stunts. I wanted to be like those heroes on the screen, doing flips, falls, fights, and chases.


When I was 15 years old, I joined a local parkour group. Parkour is a discipline that involves moving through urban environments using only your body and your surroundings. You run, jump, climb, roll, vault, and swing over obstacles, making your way from point A to point B as efficiently and creatively as possible. Parkour taught me how to overcome my fears, how to use my body in different ways, and how to adapt to any situation. It also gave me a sense of freedom and fun.


One day, while I was practicing parkour with my friends, a film crew approached us. They were shooting a low-budget action movie in our city, and they needed some extras to play thugs in a chase scene. They asked us if we were interested in being part of the movie. We agreed without hesitation. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to be in a real movie.


How I Trained and Honed My Skills




That was my first taste of working as a stunt performer. It was an exhilarating experience. We got to meet the actors and the director, we got to wear costumes and makeup, we got to run around the streets and rooftops while being chased by the hero. We also got to learn some basic stunt techniques from the stunt coordinator, such as how to fall safely, how to react to punches and kicks, and how to use props as weapons.


I realized that this was what I wanted to do for a living. I wanted to be a stunt performer. But I also knew that it was not an easy career path. It required a lot of hard work, dedication, discipline, and talent. It also required a lot of luck and networking.


I decided to pursue my dream with full commitment. I enrolled in a stunt school that offered courses in various stunt disciplines, such as martial arts, gymnastics, acrobatics, wire work, fire work, car work, horse work, etc. I learned from experienced stunt instructors who taught me the skills and techniques needed for different types of stunts. I also learned about the safety protocols and regulations that govern the stunt industry.


I practiced every day, improving my physical fitness and agility. I also worked on my acting skills, because stunt performers are not just athletes; they are also performers who need to convey emotions and expressions through their movements. I watched more movies and studied how different stunt performers performed their stunts.


I also started to build my portfolio and network. I created a demo reel that showcased my abilities and range as a stunt performer. I uploaded it on social media platforms and websites that catered to the stunt community. I also attended events and workshops where I could meet other stunt performers, stunt coordinators, 29c81ba772


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