How to become a stunt double

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How to become a stunt double
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A stunt double stands in for the actor when the action or fight scene gets dangerous or goes beyond the capabilities of the actor. To become a stunt double, you must be in excellent physical condition and have special skills.

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    Exercise regularly if you want to become a stunt double. Eat nutritiously for optimal health and strength.

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    Take lots of lessons because the more skills you have, the better. Gymnastics is extremely important in becoming a stunt double. Get good at trampoline, skateboarding, swimming and high board diving. Take scuba diving lessons. Practice rock climbing and horseback riding. Learn to water ski and snow ski.

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    Enroll in martial arts classes, especially judo. Judo is excellent for learning how to break falls.

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    Get training in CPR and First Aid. This training looks good on a resume, especially for stunt double careers. Injuries happen.

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    Have valid driver's licenses for both car and motorcycle. Take advanced driving classes so you'll be qualified for difficult driving scenes.

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    Move to Hollywood and plan to work your way up from the bottom. You must get into the Screen Actors Guild and have a union card. Get a job as an extra in a movie. Look for any kind of work that will get your foot in the door. Even running errands on the set can get you in. Establish yourself as a responsible and reliable employee.

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    Prepare a portfolio with a head-and-shoulders photo and a full-length photo. Have a fact sheet included with your height, weight and measurements. Make sure all of your contact information is on the sheet.

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    Introduce yourself briefly to the stunt coordinator on any set you have access to. Hand him or her your portfolio and say that you are interested in becoming a stunt double.

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