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)