How to become a stunt performer: Rick's story

Meet Rick, from Lincolnshire, to find out more about life as a stunt performer. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

My job can be pretty varied: from doing fight sequences for movies, to standing in for actors with driving, or riding motorcycles.

  • To qualify as a stunt performer you need to join The British Stunt Register. To do this, you need to be qualified to a high standard in at least six different sporting disciplines. Rick chose motorcycle racing, fencing, swimming, gymnastics, trampolining and martial arts.

  • Rick has worked on over 100 different films since qualifying. He has fought James Bond, Jason Bourne and Batman!

  • Safety is an important consideration in Rick's job. He will rehearse for several months before a shoot and wears lots of protective gear, such as body pads, a fire suit or wetsuit to protect himself from injuries.

What to expect if you want to be a stunt performer

  • Stunt performer salary: Variable
  • Stunt performer working hours: Variable

What qualifications do you need to be a stunt performer?

  • Typical entry requirements: You'll usually need to apply to The British Stunt Register's Stunt Grading Scheme. You'll need qualifications and skills across at least six different sporting areas in four of the following groups: fighting (compulsory), falling, riding and driving, agility and strength, or water. You'll also need at least one year's experience in each of your sporting areas. Experience on a film set as an observer, extra or a 'walk-on' is also expected.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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