Stunt Performer Spotlight: Leigh Pollitt

Featured Interview With Stunt Performer, Leigh Pollitt.

Tell about yourself, Leigh!

So a little about me.  My name is Leigh Pollitt, I’m 5’10” and I live in Los Angeles, California.  I’m originally from Essex, England so I have a British accent.  I have a well trained Husky/German Shepherd mix who has been on set multiple times with me. She’s a little star.

I’m a fully paid up SAG member in good standing.  I’m Caucasian, but do have a little tan right now.  I play anywhere from 21-31 depending on if I clean shave or have a beard.  I usually get cast a lot for military roles, as well as parent, teacher, business professional, sports person, etc.  I have had speaking roles for a few films and TV shows.  I have a wide skill range when it comes to stunts.

What inspired you to become a stunt person?

From a young age, my brother and I grew up watching lots of action and adventure films.  We would see people being thrown about, car and bike chases, explosions, fights, the list goes on.  We thought that one day, that would be us doing those stunts.

What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer, is there a story behind it?

I feel that fighting would be my greatest skill as a stunt performer.  Being a competitive boxer and MMA fighter has taught me everything.  To listen, learn and focus.  It taught me great self control and how to not only deliver a good combo, but to take a good combo without getting seriously injured.

What is the best part about being a stunt performer?

The best part about being a stunt performer is meeting new people and being a part of the movie magic.

What advice would you give other stunt people?

My advice to other stunt people would be to hustle hustle hustle, and then hustle some more.  Never give up.  Keep your skills sharp and continually train.

A lot of people in the industry don’t know much about the old timers. I mean, the people who first started doing stunts for TV and film.  Those are the real legends as they didn’t have nearly as much safety as we do now.

My advice would be to research them and see how it was done back then.  Learn from your elders.

Anything else you would like to tell the community about?

Something you wouldn’t know about me is that I’m a PADI Rescue Scuba Diver and have dove all around the world.  I would love to be a part of something which involves being underwater.

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