Tell about yourself and your background! *
I’m an actress, presenter and stunt performer with a background in Marine Biology and Conservation Ecology. I was born and raised in New Zealand, but I love travelling, which gratefully I have been able to do a lot for a lot of the jobs that I have worked on. I also have a UK passport and a Green card which has allowed me to set up in the states. Initially, I started out working in Marine Biology, but became passionate about being able to share scientific findings with the community in fun and informative ways. To do this I started acting and presenting classes, and realized I could use this as a platform for science education. So I started creating tv show ideas. This seemed like an odd change for a lot of people, but as a kid I always loved writing and telling stories, creating performances, and using my imagination to create characters. My strongest attribute is my creativity which lends well to the arts and science. Growing up I was very athletic and trained at some point in most sports. Nowadays my passion is martial arts. I represented NZ in Taekwondo at world champs and World Cup, and train in Wing Chun, Balintawak Arnis, wushu, and anything else I can get my hands on.
What inspired you to become a stunt performer?
I have always loved movies! But it was the fight scenes that looked really fun. I always wondered to myself how I could I do that? It was my best friend that suggested stunt work and so I found a local training facility ... whollah ... Ive never looked back.
What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer, is there a stunt behind it?
Performing and following direction. My strengths are fighting, acting, wire work and water work, all of which I have used over the years in different films and tv shows. But I have a basis in cars, horses and falls to cover it all.
What is the best part about being a stunt performer?
Playing different characters and being part of a team of like minded people, who are creative, talented, humble, kind and love to play and have a laugh. To work in the industry you have to be a team, a film can’t be made by one person alone.
Tell your all-time favorite stunt story!
I can’t tell you here, there are many. When you meet me, ask me and I’ll be happy to tell you some to make you laugh. 😉
What advice would you give other stunt performers?
To train what you enjoy ... for yourself, because that’s how make the most improvements. You need to love what you do. Be kind to everyone, humble, respectful, work hard, train smart, and be honest about what you can do.
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