Coordinator's Corner: Chelsea Bruland

Featured Interview With Stunt Coordinator, Chelsea Bruland.

What has been the biggest highlight of your career?

It was last year when I was given the the honor of joining the DGA, enabling me to start 2nd Unit Directing.  This then led to being asked to direct the 2nd Unit for the final 2 episodes of season two of THE PURGE, which in itself was exciting but it got better.

When I was asked to direct 2nd Unit I was already committed to performing a pipe ramp for a female character and so I had the amazing experience of setting up all of the shots for my own stunt.

What is the greatest lesson you have learned over the years as a stunt coordinator?

Acknowledging and understanding that I don’t, and can't know everything.  Seeking out the advice of people who have the knowledge and insight that is needed for any particular stunt is crucial and something that has greatly helped me become the coordinator I am today.

The smartest people in this world are those that learn from others and know when to ask questions.

What are the greatest qualities you seek out in a stunt performer?

The people who ask “what do you need from me?” are always the ones who are the best to work with.  These types of people come into work everyday with an open mind and the ability to both listen to direction and also contribute to the safety and creativity of the project.

Even something as simple as following direction in an email regarding the potential role means a lot to us as coordinators as it shows a sense of work ethic and thought.

What advice would you give up and coming stunt performers?

Don’t bullshit.  Never lie or over state your experience or comfort level regarding any stunt.  We are all here to do this thing we love in a safe and professional way and we can only do this if we have faith in each others abilities.

Lying about your level of expertise can get people hurt and feeling pressured to do something you aren’t comfortable with is just as bad. Never be afraid to ask questions.

What do you love most about the stunt community?

The sense of camaraderie.  Every performer comes from a different background and can bring their own unique skills.

I love watching talent flourish and creating exciting things with friends.