Ever watched a crazy fight scene in a Hollywood action movie and wondered how to become a stuntman? The first thing you need to know is that you must be in excellent physical shape, because a stuntman's job can be quite brutal. Safety is an important concern for stuntmen but things can and do happen and bruises and broken limbs are part of the job.
- Take martial arts and gymnastics classes. Most fight scenes usually involve some form (or combination) of martial arts and gymnastics.
- Take a stage combat class. This will teach you the basics of faking a punch.
- Consider what area you want to specialize in. Stunt coordinators will hire according to the needs of the production. If they need a stunt driver they will hire a stunt driver. If they need someone to fall, they will hire to a fall guy.
- Train with a stunt fighting school. While this is not absolutely necessary to get into the biz and there are no official stunt certifications in the U.S., a stunt school will provide you with necessary contacts for networking and introduce you to a broad range of stunt skills.
- Get work as an extra. Working as an extra is the perfect way to learn about working on film sets, as well as a way to network.
- Put together a stunt reel. A Stunt reel is a three to five minute demo reel showing some of your best stunts.
Tip: Network, network, network. Whether at parties or on set, talk to people. If they are stunt men, particularly if they are stunt coordinators, let them know that you are a stuntman. Show them your reel.
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