Let’s start with the obvious questions? You want to be involved in Screen Action, but what career path would you like to go down? Stunt performer? Skilled supporting artist? Action actor or motion capture artist?
The important starting point is for you to have done your research into all of the above career paths, to understand each of the roles and what they involve. Some performers may dabble in all of the above careers, there’s plenty of crossover in this industry as you progress through your chosen career path.
Once you have completed some background research, it all comes down to one simple thing? How bad do you want it?
Pursuing any of the above career paths will involve hard work and training, there is simply no quick fix, secret formula. There is no magic wand that you can wave and poof you’re on set next to Jason Statham. Applying for the British Stunt Register, for example, will involve years of hard graft training to meet the standards for the 6 skills system, not including any additional essential training including screen combat training, specific stunt skill training, firearms for film, and a physical acting course.
The next consideration is the expense, training certainly will not come cheap. However, would this not be the case for any worthwhile career path? We like to think of the training as an investment, of course, you will be shelling out money, to begin with, but the simple fact is that if you work hard and get work, your investment will be paid off sooner than you think. For example, a skilled supporting artist/action actor or mocap performer will earn approximately £200 per day. If you trained in all areas you would spend in the region of £4,000. 20 days on set and your investment has already been paid off! Whilst performance courses may seem expensive, they are priced relative to earning potential.
Can you pay off a degree loan in 20 days?