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If you’re a daredevil attracted to danger and spectacle, don’t mind doing physically rigorous work and love the glamour of the big screen, then perhaps you should consider a career as a stuntman.
Education and Background
No special degrees are required to be a stuntman, though special training is necessary. You should be physically fit and accustomed to rigorous activity.
You can expect to work long hours in exotic locations and on studio soundstages, alongside actors and other film professionals.
The more dangerous the stunt is, the more you get paid. If you are able to find regular work, you can earn upward of $160,000 a year.
A career as a stuntman can be lucrative but also precarious. You must devote a lot of time to networking in the film industry in order to find regular employment.
Being a stuntman is a dangerous profession. Injuries are common on the job for stuntmen, and occasionally, these injuries are fatal.
Zach Feral has been writing and editing professionally since 2003. He has a B.A. in philosophy from the New School for Social Research in New York and pursued postgraduate studies at the Open University in the U.K. His writing has appeared in numerous international publications, including "Dazed & Confused," "Artforum" and "Think Again."
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