If the idea of becoming a stunt performer appeals to you, please read below.
The life of a stunt performer is an interesting one. These people risk life and limb for the sake of entertainment, sometimes receiving very little in the way of compensation and more often than not, even less recognition. As we all know, "the actor does all their own stunts". Yet the members of this elite trade are undeniably talented. Increased demand for large scale action films shows that audiences obviously appreciate their skills. But to most people they are completely unknown.
The career of professional stunt person has few guarantees and little financial stability. A performer can be earning a fantastic amount one year and then scratching a living the next. An injury can put an end to your career or limit your capabilities. Getting older doesn't help physical performance. The general public may think of stunt people as dare devils, but for those who have had long careers are usually very intelligent and methodical in their technique and training. Nothing to do with recklessness. Many veterans of the industry go on to become stunt co-ordinators or second unit directors. Their experience in physical performance, timing, equipment and the variations on every piece of action makes them essential for the film action and the safety of all personnel on the crew. Their experience can assess what is and what is not possible, what techniques are suitable and what equipment will be needed.
While there are 300 qualified British stunt personnel in the industry at any one time, only about a quarter will be working. It's a tough business to get into and one must be truly skilled in a wide variety of techniques to get regular work. Unfortunately, the business is not without its risks. Over the years hundreds of people have lost their lives. Dar Robinson, who held several world records for high falling, died after a day's filming, by falling off his motorbike.
We see so many young people looking for a short cut, but the more training you do, the more talent you have to offer. The profession is evolving and the skills needed are now at a higher level than ever. For those who stick at it, they will be multitalented and extremely employable!
Dear Potential Stunt Person,
Thank for your interest in our courses. With regard to our stunt school. We do not guarantee entry into the stunt business. I don’t think any school of any learning guarantees instant success. Some of our students listen to all the advice we offer, and have success and some do not, those we cannot help. We also do not advocate taking short cuts. You must get on the equity register, then you will get to work along side the greats in the business and learn from them. All we offer is experience that you can only usually get on set. These are not a replacement for the qualifications required by the stunt committee but are designed to help you get your foot in the door.
We offer a number of courses and relevant qualifications and advise regular customers with career paths in the stunt industry. In addition if you attend our courses you will receive photographs and video footage which you can use to showcase your talent!
We are now starting to get people jobs in background; specialised events, game shows etc, so hopefully we can earn you some money. When undertaking this career take your time and learn your craft. You will find that no one will take you seriously until you have experience in the relevant fields. So take your time, you have plenty to learn and many skills to master. Think of it as going to university for three years and the money that would cost, getting on the register is similar in time span and cost.
Course Accomodation. We have hotels near the centre that charge £35 per night upwards; some courses such as horse stunts have accommodation for £8 per night in the bunk house. So, decide if it is definitely something that you want to pursue knowing that it takes a lot of time, money and hard work. Make sure that you are happy being behind the camera as the unsung hero rather than in front of it as the star. With that decided, write to Equity and get the up to date qualifications and get to work.
You can book a course by completing the booking form and either emailing us or faxing to our offices.