Breaking into Hollywood is never easy (just ask Lucy Ricardo, Jack McFarland, or Joey Tribbiani), and becoming an accomplished stuntman is no exception. But if you’re determined to jump out of burning buildings and moving cars for the rest of your life, who are we to stop you? As a matter of fact, we’ll help.
There’s no surefire way to “make it,” but Adrian McGraw (Mad Max: Fury Road) tells industry magazine Backstage that boxing or martial arts is a good place to start -- since “the majority of stunt work revolves around fighting” -- plus, it will get you in great physical shape.
Simultaneously, you need to work on becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild, the union that represents actors. To accomplish this, you’ll need to do some background work, so start scouring the casting notices on resources like Backstage or Casting Networks. Before you can be the next great stuntwoman, you’ve gotta be the next great “Girl Holding Soda Walking Through the Movie Theater.”