Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS STUNTS CANADA? HOW DO I JOIN?
Stunts Canada is a select group of professional stunt people who work in the film and television industry in Canada. Membership is by invitation only, and only comes after an individual has been a working stunt performer for a number of years and has fully established himself/herself as a talent in the industry.
CAN I APPLY TO STUNTS CANADA TO WORK AS A STUNT PERFORMER?
No, Stunts Canada does not employ stunt people directly and we are not responsible for providing individual jobs. Each production works with it’s own Stunt Coordinator to determine their various stunt performing needs and hires on that basis.
ARE THERE APPRENTICESHIPS OR INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE THROUGH STUNTS CANADA?
No, we do not provide these kinds of programs through Stunts Canada.
DOES STUNTS CANADA ENDORSE OR RECOMMEND ANY STUNT SCHOOLS?
No, we do not endorse or recommend any particular stunt schools.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN HOW TO BECOME A STUNT PERFORMER?
There are many different areas of training to become proficient in to be a successful working stunt performer. Martial Arts, driving, fire burns, high falls, ratchets, parkour, horse work, swords & weapons, fighting, gymnastics, trampoline, underwater work, and rigging are just a few of the skills that many of our Stunts Canada members have.
Our suggestion is to get familiar with as many of these skills as possible. There are various classes around the city of Vancouver where young stunt performers gather and train. If you would like more information on any of these, please call the Stunts Canada office.
Of course, getting to know the community is vital to success as a stunt performer. Knowing the basics of how a film set works is also a prerequisite. Once you start meeting people within the stunt community, it will be easier to understand and work into the way the stunt community functions. Be humble, be helpful and always be ready to learn. Constant training and upgrading of your skills will make you more successful.
HOW DO I GET MY NAME AND INFORMATION OUT TO THE STUNT COMMUNITY?
There is a national stunt database called the Stuntlist. It can be accessed at www.stuntlist.com. This site is used by all the stunt coordinators in Canada to crew their shows. You can be listed as a stunt performer on the site if you have 6 stunt performing credits under a union contract. Please contact David Mylrea at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you do not have 6 credits, there is also an apprentice section on the site.
You are welcome to drop off a photo and resume to the Stunts Canada office. They will be kept on file here.
You can also mail or email your headshot and resume directly to each production’s Stunt Coordinator. Production information can be found on the Director’s Guild of Canada website, at www.dgcbc.ca