We also work in an industry where it’s important to have as many strings to your bow as possible. There’s a reason why the British Stunt Register asks for at least six skills, and even when they’ve achieved the six skills the best will keep on training, learning completely new skills, anything which might improve them as a performer, and help them land a job that they would otherwise not have the experience to pull off. Many new BSR members will also come along to our B.L.A.S.T. British Live Action Stunt Course, yes they’ve already got their six skills, but their eager to learn and to become better performers, and it’s the perfect place to learn how to actually perform the stunts before they get on set, and with experienced stunt co-ordinators as their instructors, they couldn’t ask for better mentors.
We’ve seen that productions now are looking for wider skill bases when casting skilled supporting artists. The ability to fight well on camera has almost become the minimum that is expected, and the last five productions the British Action Academy Action Agency have worked with have all asked about firearms experience, and in particular firearms on film and television experience. In these cases, it’s very easy for us to narrow down who we put forward for those roles by looking at who has done our Gun Rush: Firearms For Film Course, by doing additional training our students put themselves in a better position to land the roles that they want.
What’s the most iconic scene in Rocky? Is it the final fight? No. Is it Rocky feeding his turtles? No. Is it him trying to get Adrian to go out with him (definitely wouldn’t get away with that in 2019)? No. It’s the training montage. It’s Rocky beating a lump of meat, chasing a chicken, and running up those steps! It’s iconic because we all know that achieving greatness takes hard work, and effort and Rocky has to push himself to his limits to earn a draw (spoiler alert!). If you’re not putting in the training, if you’re not pushing yourself to your limits, if you’re not dedicating yourself to your goals, you don’t have any excuse when you come in second place.
You should never forget the reason why you started on this journey... it's because you love what you are doing, and that love and passion should always be there. Yes, training should be hard work, but it should always be fun.