Certainly not a job many students enquire about, but one that occasionally does get a mention! The Good Universities Guide defines a stunt performer as someone who undertakes dangerous or difficult acts for the purpose of entertainment, including replacing film actors in dangerous scenes*. These might include activities such as high-speed car chases, or jumping off buildings, or performing stunts on horses, boats, trucks and water skis.
Successful stunt performers must –
- have quick reflexes and flexibility
- have good eyesight (may be corrected)
- have a sense of timing
- be able to cope with the physical demands of the job
- be responsible attitude towards safety
*Good Universities Guide – Stunt Person
Australia has a Stunt Academy in Queensland, on the Gold Coast. Watch an interesting YouTube clip on Stunt Performing at YouTube – Stunt Performing
Find out about its range of courses and training options by visiting Stunt Academy.