Tell about yourself and your background! *
I’VE BEEN STUDYING DIFFERENT STYLES OF MARTIAL ARTS FOR OVER 30 YEARS. STARTED MY PROFESSIONAL CAREER AS A PERFORMER/MARTIAL ARTIST WITH CIRQUE DU SOLEIL IN 2002 AT 17 YEARS OLD. I WORKED MY WAY INTO A CHOREOGRAPHER ROLE, THEN ON TO A HEAD COACH AND DIRECTOR FOR LIVE SHOWS. I ORGANIZED THE RED BULL THROW DOWN TRICKING TOURNAMENT AND RAN IT FOR 4 YEARS. I’M CURRENTLY WORKING AS A STUNT PERFORMER. JUST FINISHED FIGHT COORDINATING/COVER COORDINATING “POWERBOOK 2: GHOST” SEASON 2 UNDER STUNT COORDINATORS PETE BUCOSSI AND CHAZZ MENENDEZ..
What inspired you to become a stunt performer?
Some of my coaches and teammates in martial arts were very successful stunt performers and I wanted to follow in their footsteps. They’ve been a huge inspiration to me since I was a young boy.
What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer, is there a stunt behind it?
I think my greatest ability is being able to adapt. Adapt to different situations, different people etc. I also feel as if I’m very well rounded. For example I can fight hand to hand, I can use many different weapons fluently, I can wreck, do high falls, do wires, shoot and edit previz’s. I think being well rounded or Swiss Army knife like is my best skill overall.
What is the best part about being a stunt performer?
The best part about being a stunt performer is the adrenaline for me. I love that sensation. Being able to watch your handy work as well as add dynamic action to a scene with your ability/talent is really fascinating for me. I enjoy the entire process from start to finish.
Tell your all-time favorite stunt story!
Wow, tough question. Not sure I can choose one. But I think the story that stands out to me most was my first job as a stunt performer working with my coach. We were doing some test fights for a future feature film, I had no idea what to expect… I took the beating of a lifetime from my coach for 8 hours straight lol. I have immense amount of respect for him and he’s been such a positive impact on my life for many years. So I think my first experience with him… someone I trust and look up to, is my favorite experience.
What advice would you give other stunt performers?
Your professionalism is more important then your talent.
Anything else you'd like to tell the community about?
Just love and respect to all of you. Be safe out there, looking forward to working with you all at some point.
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