Career outlook for stunt performer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would stand in for actors when the script calls for anything dangerous or specialised to be done on a film or TV set.
To be able to carry out the stunts and make them look natural, you would use highly-developed physical and sporting skills, such as:
- Gymnastics or high diving, for performing all types of falls
- Fighting skills, possibly with weapons
- Swimming or diving
- Horse riding
- Advanced driving techniques, for performing car chases and crashes
It would be your job to set up and plan stunts as well as perform them, usually under the supervision of a stunt coordinator. Every detail of the stunt would need to be planned with the production staff. This is so you could make sure that it is safe to perform and disrupts filming as little as possible.
Health and safety would be very important as the work could be dangerous. You would need to carry out a full risk assessment and complete detailed paperwork before you perform each stunt.
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