Hi I’m Francesca and I have just started training for the British Stunt Register. I’ve decided to write about my journey, I know there’s not a lot of information about what you actually have to go through so hopefully this will help anyone who’s thinking about embarking on a similar journey.
I’ve always loved film and when I started working as an extra a few years back I decided that this was the industry for me. It took me a few years to realise that stunts is what I want to do, as much as I enjoy acting I love the action and the physicality of stunts. I’ve been active my whole life and as corny as it’s going to sound I’ve been unknowingly training for it my whole life!
How it all works is you have to choose 6 disciplines, one of which needs a fighting skill. You then need to reach the required level and for some of them (such as Trampolining, gymnastics and diving) take a test.
My six chosen disciplines are:
1) Trampolining – started
2) Gymnastics – started
3) High Diving – started
4) Rock Climbing – starting Nov ‘17
5) Karate – starting summer ‘18
6) Scuba Diving – starting summer ‘18
I have previously done some gymnastics, trampolining, diving, rock climbing and karate- I was a very active child! So these choices were simple ones to make. The only one I haven’t done before is scuba, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do so I thought why not choose it.
Click here to see read about my journey.