Sport, Fitness & Recreation

Stunt Performer

Stunt performers perform dangerous or difficult scenes for strong visual impact on film and TV sets, or in stunt shows or at theme parks.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

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What does a Stunt Performer do?

Stunt performers perform dangerous or difficult scenes for strong visual impact on film and TV sets, or in stunt shows or at theme parks.

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Work activities

As a stunt performer, you might:

  • specialise in a particular type of stunt
  • perform fight scenes
  • stage car chases or crashes using advanced driving skills
  • ride horses or motorcycles
  • do gymnastics or high diving for falls
  • learn sections of a script
  • plan and set up each stunt including doing a risk assessment
  • practice stunts thoroughly before they are filmed or performed
  • have a thorough knowledge of health & safety requirements
  • wear costumes and makeup while performing the stunt.
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Key skills and interests

To become a stunt performer, you would need:

  • excellent physical fitness and an ongoing fitness regime
  • good ability in a range of sports
  • good teamwork skills
  • organisational and planning skills
  • strong attention to detail
  • quick reactions and calmness under pressure
  • strong awareness of health and safety
  • enthusiasm for stunt work.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Stunt performers are usually self-employed, and work on a project or contract basis. As a stunt performer you would work irregular hours. Your hours would depend on filming or performance schedules.

Conditions

You would work in a film or TV studio, inside in a large arena, or outside on location or at a theme park.

You would wear protective and safety clothing and equipment.

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How to become an Stunt Performer?

Entry Level Education

No formal qualifications are required to work as a stunt performer. To work as a stunt performer in film and TV in Australia, you would need to complete the grading requirements of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) - National Stunt Committee. There are five levels of grading; each is based on the individual's level of experience within the film and TV Industry, and allows you to perform certain levels of stunts. You must be 18 years of age to apply.

You must also have a valid First Aid certificate.

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Job outlook

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Stunt performers have very specialised jobs, and as such, employment is expected to remain relatively steady, and employment growth to be neutral.

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