Stunt performers undertake dangerous or difficult acts for the purpose of entertainment, including replacing film actors in dangerous scenes. They strive to achieve the greatest visual impact with minimum safety risk.
You can work as a stunt performer without formal qualifications. However, you will need to obtain special grading from the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance before working. You must be 18 years of age to apply.
Stunt performers may perform the following tasks:
Stunt performers carry out acts that look spectacular or appear dangerous, using timing and props to minimise risks. It takes experience and a lot of time to work out a logical procedure for executing stunt work. Stunt work can be physically demanding and may require a lot of time spent in uncomfortable positions or places, such as underwater or underground. Hours can be long and varied (particularly for film work), and early starts and late finishes are common.
Stunt performers work on contract for film companies, television stations and video production houses. They may also work in a variety of entertainment centres, including circuses, theme parks, shopping centres and showgrounds. Extensive experience is needed to gain the necessary skills. Success is likely to depend on ability and motivation, while demand is determined by the level of investment in the television/film industry and public interest in live performance. With experience and completion of further grading, stunt performers may become safety supervisors or stunt coordinators.