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Stunt Performer Spotlight: Kyle Houstyn

Tell about yourself, Kyle! My name is Kyle Houstyn, I grew up in Buffalo, NY and moved to Cleveland, Ohio when I was 7. After receiving my Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience and Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University – I decided to follow my passion in film. I attended CSU’s Film school for 2 years to network and acquire a solid foundation of industry knowledge. In that time, I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Richard Fike of StuntPredatorsUSA. After reassuring him that I was serious about my endeavors, he allowed me to attend a training session. He will only take those that are serious and expects a great attitude, hard training ethic, and loyalty to the team. I am proud to bring my 22 years of Martial Arts experience to his Stunt Predators USA team. I have trained in the Martial Art of Taekwondo since I was 3 years old. I have won several regional, state, and national titles within the sport – as well as a gold and bronze medal at the 2008 Junior Olympics. Shortly after my last competitive circuit, I began instructing and sharing my knowledge with the next generation of martial artists. Although I am an Instructor and a NASM Certified PT – I consider myself a lifelong student and am constantly trying to better myself to share my successes, and failures, with others. What inspired you to become a stunt person? The 1985 Film “Police Story” by Jackie Chan. The way Jackie Chan is able to seamlessly blend Martial Arts into the story of his film and showcase his abilities has always left me in Awe, and I aspire to be as precise and charismatic as him. What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer, is there a story behind it? My greatest skill I would say is my versatility and experience as a martial artist. Being a martial artist, at least in my opinion, gives such a solid foundation and understanding of what it takes to be a stunt performer. I’ve been very fortunate to have trained with some truly fantastic masters in the Martial Art of Taekwondo. As I stated earlier, it began when I was 3 years old… My mom is gym fanatic and would go every day. I would sit in the lobby and wait while she worked out, but my mom was just waiting until I was old enough to sign me up for Taekwondo at the training studio next door. I trained in Buffalo NY with Master Khechen until I earned my 1st degree black belt at 7 years old. When we moved to Cleveland, one of the first things we did was search for a new studio. After visiting roughly, a dozen different places we walked in to J.K. Kang’s and knew it was the perfect fit. Not only is Grand Master Kang a Kukkiwon certified 7th Degree Black Belt from South Korea, but he and Master David Jo taught a proper balance of Taekwondo in a traditional sense along with core values needed to succeed in life. Through their teachings of Discipline, Diligence, and Respect I am proud to say they’ve molded me physically, mentally, and spiritually into the person I am today. I am now a Kukkiwon certified 5th Degree Black Belt and will continue to train for as long as I physically can. What is the best part about being a stunt performer? Being able to say I have one of the most exciting jobs in the world. Every day brings a new challenge and I love it. What advice would you give other stunt people? I don’t know if I have enough experience as a stunt performer to give advice, but I would say to train hard and recover harder. Our bodies are our main piece of equipment. Take care of it and take EVERY precaution when on set. Safety. Safety. Safety. Anything else you would like to tell the community about? From the wise words of Mr. Richard Fike (StuntPredatorsUSA), “Be ready, be on time and know your limitations. Listen, pay attention and be willing to take advice and criticism. Be confident but don’t be a show- off.”

Stunt Performer Spotlight: Uché Uba

Tell about yourself, Uché! My name is Uché Uba, like (oo-chay oo-bah), I’m from a small town in Northern Oregon called Beaverton. I was raised by Nigerian immigrants who came to the West in search of a peaceful life after the Biafran war that divided our country in the 60’s. I first acted in the musical Annie as a Kindergartener, then again in a middle school play, A Midsummer’s Night Dream. From there, I jumped into modelling around the age of 14 and became the Face of the Nike Running Division in high school and after college at Stanford I moved to LA to pursue entertainment full-time. What inspired you to become a stunt person? My first fight class was in 3rd grade when I studied Taekwondo. I absolutely loved every second of it and I became enthralled at every jab, cross, guard, and kick, man I loved the kicks. I remember doing my first step-kick -- we called it a chicken-kick back then -- and I was like whoaaa this is so lit I wanna do this to somebody!!! Classes were expensive let alone tournaments, gear and all the fees that can come with training so I unfortunately had to drop out from being a cult kid. The Coronavirus Pandemic has been a huge time of reflection, and specifically the summer of 2020 amidst the Black renaissance and battle against injustice when my fighting spirit intensified. I had always connected to superhero narratives, but seeing the world rise up for civil rights lit a new fire inside of me. I always loved what the stunts community produced but I never really knew what it truly was or how to get in. Stunts always seemed to be somewhat in the shadows, or of an esoteric nature. In my career I had only done 40ft wire work jumps for a film where I played a soul-snaring creature and even then I was still quite far removed. By coincidence I saw a close friend on Fox’s Ultimate Tag who connected me to Carrie Bernans, a talented stuntwoman and part of the iconic Dora Milaje in the Black Panther. Carrie connected me to Mike Chat who is a cornerstone of the action stunts community. Mike has been my mentor and a huge guiding light in conjunction with his son Talin Chat. I started waking up at 5:30AM for training and before I knew it I produced my own action film and was confident coming on set to support action narratives. I have a wild training schedule now and continue to combine mixed martial arts, stylistic dance and modern action design to remain both fluid and grounded in a constantly evolving market. What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer, is there a story behind it? I love love love the ocean, especially Cliff & Scuba Diving. I’ve dove all around the world: I love finding a pristine Jacques Cousteau site teeming with life in the most pristine waters. I’ve had my fair amount of scares underwater, one including my lungs nearly exploding in Mexico ‘cause I was taking a selfie in front of a tremendous quarter-mile wall of yellow tuna and ran out of oxygen hahahaha! Emergency ascent 101 DO NOT. I repeat, DO NOT hold your breath. Physics means that O2 expands as you rise. And.. Poof! There go your lungs! Haha! I know of international spies that travel across the ocean floor to plant clandestine devices and steal encrypted data via undersea cables. These are things I can and want to do on film and TV. I definitely would be the first to sneak into an enemy base underwater. I also have quite the imagination. I’m apparently obsessed with Spycraft and I have a dutiful nature so when it comes to authentic movement, inspired action, and fighting with intention, I really get lost in the worlds I create. I really have no bounds in what I believe I can do; if I need to scale a catwalk to plant audio-recall tech in enemy territory, I’m bringing my imagination into my stealth . Imagination pours into every fiber of my being. It’s the difference between a generic fight, or the last fight you’ll ever do. Fighting masked guard #2, or fighting a minion of the person who killed your daughter. I bring imagination into every situation on set and everything that I do. What is the best part about being a stunt performer? Dialogue acting and the ability to delve into a character’s mind captivates me immensely. The opportunity to combine this with stunts and action movement frees the rest of the character’s body and spirit for me. So much can be learned about someone through their movement and especially how they fight. For me, in the stunts world whether you’re a brilliant stunt double or a lead, action removes the glass dome when it comes to story, allowing me to run, jump, sweat, breath and feel alive and free. My God, it is exhausting but there’s no feeling like it. Is it a drug? Absolutely. And we’re all addicted in some way, viewers included. What advice would you give other stunt people? I’m still at the beginning of my career, I have so much to learn from those who paved the way for me and from my peers I am rising with. I would love to train with 87 Eleven Action for a role, I know they’re going to absolutely kick my ass but it’s gonna be amazing. One piece of advice I have is to create your schedule. Your schedule is not your calendar, it’s your schedule. This will change your life. You don’t become who you are overnight, you reveal the layers to your soul through daily effort and a lot of psychological deaths and rebirths. Your schedule shaves away the unnecessary and sharpens your identity, each and everyday. Welcome to your new lifestyle. Anything else you would like to tell the community about? For those POC interested in the stunts world, GO FOR IT. We need more representation around the world. The future seriously depends on you as there’s a need for diverse action communities to support the burgeoning markets springing up globally amidst the flurry of new content developed by streaming platforms. Gain domain expertise, and become skilled at what you do. Be exceptional. Move in your power. You got this!!! Website: www.ucheuba.com Instagram: Instagram.com/ucheuba My YouTube Channel to subscribe: Youtube.com/ucheuba

Stunt Performer Spotlight: Jillian Cole

Tell about yourself, Jillian! I am a personal trainer by day specializing in strength training and HIIT and I started training in martial arts with Rick Fike (Owner: Stunt Predators, USA) when I was twelve years old. That opened the door to stunt doubling and I was able to perform in my first movie four years later when I was sixteen. When I’m not training, you can find me leading worship at my church with my husband, hanging out with friends or adventuring outdoors. What inspired you to become a stunt person? When I was originally asked by Rick Fike if I was interested in stunt doubling, I thought it seemed like a fun job. Once I actually performed in my first movie when I was sixteen I realized that I absolutely loved it. Since then, I have done stunts in several movies and look forward to more in the future. What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer, is there a story behind it? Definitely fight scenes. I did years of Martial arts training before I got into stunts so throwing punches, kicks and blocks is something that comes as second nature. What is the best part about being a stunt performer? It’s different then anything else out there. You have to have a special set of skills and constantly work to be better than you were yesterday. What advice would you give other stunt people? Keep up with your training and safety first always!

Stunt Performer Spotlight: Scott Burr

Tell about yourself, Scott! My name is Scott Burr, and I'm a stunt performer with Stunt Predators USA. I'm also a martial artist and a martial arts instructor and a writer and a trainer. I'm the author of the novels Bummed Out City and We Will Rid the World of You, the training manuals Get a Grip: A Practical Primer on Grip Strength and Endurance Training... and More and Suspend Your Disbelief: How to Build and Build Strength With the World's Most Rugged Suspension Training Device, and the martial arts, mindset, and fitness training essay collection Superhero Simplified: Collected, Selected, Revised and Expanded. I'm the co-author of Richard Bresler's memoir of his time with the Gracie family, Worth Defending: How Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Saved My Life. From 2007 to 2019 I ran an MMA, BJJ, and Strength & Conditioning gym outside Cleveland, Ohio. I'm a second-degree black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, a second-degree black belt in Kodokan Judo, and a first-degree black belt in the Korean art of Kuk Sul Do. I've trained extensively in Muay Thai, Western Boxing, and Submission Wrestling . I'm also a certified pro fitness trainer under legendary Strength & Conditioning coach Steve Maxwell, and I hold additional MaxwellSC certifications in kettlebell (levels 1 and 2) and bodyweight (levels 1 and 2) training. I've traveled all over the world with Steve assisting in seminars on everything from kettlebell training to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to breathwork to joint mobility. Nowadays I run Enclave Jiu-Jitsu, a martial arts community and private training facility based in Northeast Ohio. Anyone looking for more information about that can find it at www.EnclaveJiuJitsu.com, or on social media @enclavejiujitsu. Anyone who wants to follow my writing can do so at www.facebook.com/ScottBurrAuthor. What inspired you to become a stunt person? Two words: Indiana Jones. I know I'm probably not the first person to give that answer, but it's the absolute truth. The first time I saw those movies I just became obsessed. I used to get all my friends together to act in these mini Indy movies—with me in the lead role, naturally—that my dad would film on the family camcorder. In the winters we would hitch a toboggan up to my friend's dad's tractor and have him tow us around the hills in their backyard, acting out the truck-drag scene from 'Raiders.' I saved up my allowance and I got my dad to drive me out to Amish country so I could buy one of those swivel-handle bullwhips from a tack shop. It was a whole thing. When I first got involved in the martial arts I can remember people talking about stunts and fight choreography as something I might want to pursue, but there was no real avenue for me at the time. Then life took me in a different direction, and for a long time my focus was on other things. Then, in the fall of 2019, two things happened: I closed the school that I'd been running for the better part of twelve years, and I met Richard Fike. I'd been put in touch with a friend of a friend who works in TV production, and I'd been emailing him show ideas for a few months. I didn't really have any interest in developing TV shows, I just had some ideas that I thought were worth pursuing for someone with the motivation. After a few months of this the producer and I finally sat down face-to-face, and when he found out that I was involved in the martial arts he said, "You've got to meet Rick Fike." He put us in touch, and Mr. Fike was good enough to meet with me. After that meeting Mr. Fike invited me to come out to the next Stunt Predators training session, and I haven't looked back! For me, Mr. Fike is literally giving me the opportunity to live out a childhood dream, and I couldn't be more grateful to him and to everyone at Team Stunt Predators, who have welcomed me and helped me tremendously. What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer, is there a story behind it? I can tell you the skill that I hope will be my greatest skill as a stunt performer: teachability. The fact is that I'm coming into the stunt world a lot later than a lot of people. It feels like everyone I'm working with at Stunt Predators is either way younger than me or way more experienced and knowledgeable than me—or BOTH!— and my whole goal is to learn as much as I can about every aspect of the stunt world from anyone willing to teach me. I am acutely aware that willingness and ability to perform a stunt are only part of the skillset. How to perform a stunt in the absolute safest way possible, how to be on a movie set, how to conduct yourself as a professional in this industry: I'm learning all of these things. But that's one of the great things about Stunt Predators: all of these things are the focus. Technical ability, safety, professionalism. Mr. Fike doesn't just teach you how to do stunts, he teaches you how to be a stunt professional. What is the best part about being a stunt performer? The community. I've had the chance to meet such incredibly interesting and knowledgeable and capable people through this team. What advice would you give other stunt people? The only advice I can give is the advice I'd give anyone about any pursuit: Listen. I'm sure other people have said it, but the most recent example I can think of came from the late Larry King, who said: "I never learned anything while I was talking." There are people in this world with fantastic knowledge and experience, and if you're lucky enough to have one of them who is willing to share that knowledge and experience with you, the best way to honor that gift is to really, really listen. Anything else you would like to tell the community about? I'd just like to say, Thank you for welcoming me as you have. Thank you to Mr. Fike and everyone at Team Stunt Predators, and thank you Hunter for putting this site together! Hope to see you all on set one day!

Stunt Performer Spotlight: Glenn Marcinko

Tell about yourself, Glenn! I’m from a small farming Community in southern Ohio. I grew up working on the farms, bailing hay, planting tobacco, and taking care of animals. I’ve done different martial arts since I was about 10 years old or so. I’ve got a second degree black belt in karate, I also train in aikido, jujitsu, and grappling. I’m a Marine Corps veteran. After the Marine Corps I started to focus on what I wanted to do with my life. I started taking small acting classes to learn what the film Industry was about. I applied to several different casting calls as well as extras. It took a few years but I finally got a chance as an extra in a big motion film. I really enjoyed the experience. That’s how I heard of Mr. Fike. I approached Mr. Fike him about training with his team. He let me know that he only takes serious people. I’ve been training with him and the Stunt Predators team since. What inspired you to become a stunt person? As a young boy I grew up watching Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and, many more. I love watching the big action scenes and, explosions. I always wanted to be the guy doing the fun stuff. What is your greatest skill as a stunt preformer, is there a story behind it? I’m a Marine Corps veteran, in the military they teach you to always be early and to be prepared for the day. I still carry that and other things I learned while in the military with me to this day. I’m dependable and always early. I learn fast, disciplined, and follow instructions. How did team stunt predators begin? Mr. Fike started the team years ago and, over the years he grew the team to what it is today. I had approached Mr. Fike, director of Stunt Predators USA. After Convincing him I was serious he allowed me to participate in a training session. I was invited back at the end of the training session. He only takes people who are serious and he expects a great attitude. You have to be hard training and loyal to the team. I’ve been training with the team since. What is the best part about being a stunt performer? The best part to me is meeting new people and, doing different stunts. As well as learning different ways to perform stunts safely. What advice would you give other stunt people? The best advice that I can give is to have a great attitude, be early on set, keep training, never give up and, always be willing to learn new things. Anything else you would like to tell the community about? I was told by my grandpa when I was younger, find a job you love and I would never work a day in my life. Boy was he right.

Stunt Performer Spotlight: Mike Jones

Tell about yourself, Mike! I am Married, and have four children and six grandchildren. I am a full time Dad and love it. I had 3 dreams when I was a child. They all came true. 1st. I started in the Martial Arts at the age of 11. I opened my own Martial Arts School which was very successful. 2nd. Was to become a Stuntman. 3rd. Was to become a Police Officer and that's what ended up as being my full time career. What inspired you to become a stunt person? I believe Evel Knevel started the passion. I was also so intrigued with Martial Arts and Action Movies, from the Fight Scenes to Car Rolls, to Fireburns. So at a young age, I knew I was going to be a Stuntman some way, somehow, I was going to achieve that goal. My success in the Martial Arts is what gave me that break, I was so longing for. What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer, is there a story behind it? My greatest skill, It would have to be , Safety, Team Player, Attention to detail, Watch learn and listen. That being said I really don't consider myself an expert in a certain field. I wanted to be a well rounded stuntman. My goal was to have a Stunt Coordinator know that I am capable to be used in many areas of Stunt Work to be more of an asset and not be skilled in just one area. I have trained very hard over the years to be a well rounded stuntman and it's been awesome. What is the best part about being a stunt performer? The best part of being a Stunt Performer is knowing that the Director, 2nd Unit Director and Stunt Coordinator are completely happy with a stunt that I completed. Knowing I did it with Safety and accomplished the shot they were looking for. What advice would you give other stunt people? Safety first. listen, learn and be ready when they need you. Anything else you would like to tell the community about? Stunt Predators USA are professionals, Not only on the set, but in our monthly training. We train as if we are on set the whole time. Rick is very committed to the Team and to all productions that he or a team member works on. He drives home Safety. We are not Daredevils. We are professional stunt players. Tell your all-time personal favorite stunt story! My all time favorite stunt story would have to be when I slid a Motorcycle under a Semi as it was coming across the intersection for one of the films I worked on. It also made it on the Television Show Hollywood's Greatest Stunts.

Stunt Performer Spotlight: Frank Wagoner

Tell about yourself, Frank! I’m from Madison, Ohio near Cleveland, and I have worked as a Machinist for over 30 Years. I have a number of hobbies, but much of my life has been committed to the martial arts. I first met Richard Fike (my Karate teacher who is also head of Stunt Predators USA & SFX) in 1989 during a police in-service training class that he was teaching, and I was immediately hooked on the martial arts. I began training with Mr. Fike soon after, and have been with him now for over 30 years. I am one of his senior Black Belts and hold a Sixth Degree Black Belt in Sanchi-Ryu Karate and a First Degree Black Belt in Judo. For over seven years I owned and operated my own dojo as well until family commitments took priority. In addition, I am a certified instructor with the Close Quarter Combat Skills Institute, another organization owned and operated by Mr. Fike. When he is not on set coordinating action or in the dojo teaching his students, he can be found conducting national level close quarter combat classes to “at risk” individuals and organizations across the country. He has taught just about every federal agency in the U.S. to include military special operations community, and I have had the pleasure to be one of his instructors. In time I was invited to start training with Mr. Fike in stunts and have enjoyed working with him on feature films and television and look forward to our next project. What inspired you to become a stunt person? To be completely honest, Mr. Fike is what inspired me to pursue stunt work. We were doing a lot of action martial art demonstrations and we always opened with a big fight scene that was always a big hit. I started training in stunts following Mr. Fike’s completion of the NFL video “Masters of the Gridiron” with the Cleveland Browns. With much of my life involved within the martial arts, it was a natural transition for me to move into the world of stunts. I was also part of his first stunt crew that worked on “A Better Way to Die”, our first SAG project that Mr. Fike stunt coordinated. What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer, is there a story behind it? I think my greatest skill would be developing and participating in fight scenes. I enjoy working through the choreography and coming up realistic techniques that not only are enjoyable to watch, but leave the viewer on the edge of their seat. I understand the need to sell the shot for camera and that requires knowledge of many styles of fighting. I am also good at taking hits, selling reactions and taking direction. What is the best part about being a stunt performer? Everybody loves action, and getting to be part of making that action come to life is awesome. What advice would you give other stunt people? Never give up! The only shot guaranteed not to hit the target is the one that was never taken, so keep taking the shot until you get it right. Anything else you would like to tell the community about? As emphasized by Mr. Fike, the best stunt is seamless with the action and the best stunt double is invisible. .

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I grew up in a very active and health conscious family. We were always into natural medicine so naturally I became a licensed acupuncturist and functional medicine practitioner. I had a clinic in Southern California where I treated thousands of patients and the majority of these patients were coming in for chronic pain and chronic illnesses which affected their ability to live the life they want. I eventually started prescribing CBD to patients and saw the wonderful benefits of it. I found that there was still a stigma to CBD, many associated it with marijuana, and it was difficult to find a good trustworthy product. I did a ton of research and decided to start Longevity CBD to offer high quality CBD products, geared towards those in extreme sports and those who live an active lifestyle and want to maintain that lifestyle. I also decided to offer products that have zero THC (no psychoactive compounds) so that drug tests wouldn't be an issue. Discuss CBD and the benefits to someone who has never heard of it before.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound naturally found in the hemp plant. Studies and anecdotal evidence have shown that CBD is completely safe and has many potential health benefits including acting as a powerful anti-inflammatory, reducing pain, helping with anxiety & depression, improving sleep, boosting the immune system, among many other benefits. For someone who participates in extreme sports such as those in the Stunt community, this can mean better recovery from the stressors placed on your body as well as reducing pain from minor injuries and relieving sore muscles.

CBD isn't the only cannabinoid compound found in the hemp plant. There are many other minor cannabinoids such as CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol), and CBC (cannabichromene) that are naturally found in hemp and also have numerous health benefits. These all work together for an 'entourage' effect and are present in our Broad Spectrum CBD products. In a couple of our products, we also combine optimal dosages of these minor cannabinoids with CBD for more targeted benefits. Tell the story about the moment you knew CBD changed your life for the better!
I personally use CBD almost daily to help with everyday stressors and mainly as a preventative right now. When I first tried CBD years ago, it was for insomnia. I went through a very stressful period in my life and struggled to sleep well. I wasn't able to fall asleep deeply and I constantly woke up throughout the night. Sleep is so important so that really affected my health and how I felt. I didn't want to turn to pharmaceuticals such as Ambien so I was in search of something natural. I tried everything including Valerian root, melatonin, Chinese herbs and Magnesium. Those helped a little bit but I still didn't get the deep restful sleep I needed. So I decided to try CBD. After taking CBD nightly for a week or two, I finally achieved good restorative sleep. I was sold on CBD at that point and started doing more research on it. I now use Longevity CBD's Rest & Recover nightly. It's become part of my nightly bedtime ritual. Talk about how CBD can positively affect the life of a stunt performer or an extreme athlete.
Extreme sports athletes including stunt performers tend to push their bodies to the max. This creates a lot of stress on the body and pain, inflammation, and injuries often follow. For performers that may not yet experience pain or injuries (especially for younger performers), the truth is any extreme physical activities can create undetected inflammation and stress on the body. This can set the body up for future injuries and problems. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can help reduce pain, relieve sore muscles, as well as help the body recover quicker from any injuries.

Stunt performers are also in a competitive industry and face a lot of pressure and high expectations to perform difficult stunts which can create stress and anxiety for the performer. CBD can help reduce anxiety and potentially improve mood so performers can better focus on doing what they love. What distinguishes Longevity CBD from other CBD brands?
Longevity CBD was created specifically for extreme sports athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and those living an active lifestyle. Our products were created to offer more targeted relief for common complaints experienced by those who push their bodies to the limit. We combine CBD with other minor cannabinoids such as CBG and CBN along with researched backed botanicals and terpenes to maximize the therapeutic effects.

We offer premium CBD products and focus on quality and safety. There are cheaper CBD brands out there but we're not interested in cutting any corners when it comes to the quality of our products. Our CBD is extracted from 100% organically grown hemp from Oregon and we use strains that yield a high range of cannabinoids, Our products are also natural. We don't use any artificial or even "natural" flavors in our tinctures and our topicals are free from parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, petroleum, and chemicals, With Longevity CBD you are getting a very clean, pure and natural product. Tell us about the interesting process from seed to bottle.
Our hemp comes from a 300 acre farm in Central Oregon and is grown using 100% organic farming methods. The nutrient-rich soil and climate in Oregon offers ideal growing conditions for hemp. Once harvested we test the hemp to make sure it is clean and free from heavy metals and pesticides. If that passes the hemp moves onto the extraction process (where the CBD and other minor cannabinoids are extracted). We use a cryogenic (very low temperature) extraction method using food-grade ethanol. This method extracts the most cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids from the hemp plant without destroying any of the delicate compounds. The extract then goes through a chromatography process to have THC (the psychoactive component) removed. We test the extract again for any contaminants such as residual solvents. If that passes, we use that extract to formulate our finished products. We test our finished products once again for potency to ensure that the amount of CBD and other cannabinoids listed on the label is accurate. These lab results can be found on our website or scanned via QR code on the packaging. What ‘101 advice' would you give someone who wants to get into natural, healthy living?
As an alternative health practitioner, I always recommend a more holistic approach to natural healthy living. This means focusing on proper diet, adequate exercise, maintaining a healthy mind and spirit, and avoiding external/environmental toxins. The proper diet can be different for everyone but if you can avoid processed foods, chemical additives, and eat more natural whole foods that can go a long way in keeping you healthier and preventing health issues down the road. In Western culture, we tend to focus on quick fixes and pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals certainly have its place and can save lives, but diet and simple lifestyle changes can do wonders in terms of achieving optimal health and preventing future health problems. The focus should be more on prevention. Is there anything else you’d like to tell or share with the community? We're excited to partner up with the stunt community and bring the benefits of CBD to the community. It's an exciting and thrilling industry and we're so grateful to be a part of it! Shop LongevityCBD: https://www.longevitycbd.co

Stunt Performer Spotlight: Steven Turner

Tell about yourself, Steven! My name is actually Steven Turner, most people know me by Spidey. It's actually a nickname my mom gave me and calls me to this day. I'm a dad and I think I'm pretty good at it, it helps that my kids are pretty cool most of the time. I love everything about film. I probably watch way too many movies, but it stimulates my creative mind and has served a good outlet to cruise around in my own fantasy world. What inspired you to become a stunt person? I grew up loving movies and martial arts. When I got into these old school martial art movies, I remember actually googling "How to become a stuntman" in the early days of the internet and the results were not too helpful, but luckily I figured it out eventually... or more accurately, I randomly stumbled into getting hired for my first fight scene in a movie. I fell in love with stunts and it just snowballed from there. What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer, is there a story behind it? My greatest skill I would say are my WRECKS. I love a good wreck (I think a core ability of a stunt performer is their ability to gracefully fall) and it probably came from my love of professional wrestling. As a teen I loved watching the high flyers perform their spectacularly risky moves. (Side note: my favorite wrestler is hands down The Undertaker) What is the best part about being a stunt performer? For me, at least, the best part is getting paid to play pretend all day (Seriously, I feel like a con artist at times because I enjoy my job so much) also, working in film; which as a huge film-nerd is just an awesome experience in helping to bring these stories to life. What advice would you give other stunt people? Take care of your body and mind and be confident in yourself as a performer. TOMET NOSCE Anything else you would like to tell the community about? Umm... If you see me I tend to have resting "sad face" don't worry I'm OK. I'm actually pretty happy on the inside these days, but I always love talking to people and listening to new stories and experiences especially in our community. Tell your all-time personal favorite stunt story! My first on-screen car hit was funny to me because there I was on set, standing like 25 feet from the car that's going to hit me. It feels like everyone is watching me, including all of these stunt legends in my eyes that just all happened to be on set that day. My adrenaline sky rockets, I'm in the zone as I hear the director count down. 3... 2... 1... All of sudden he stops and starts asking the crew all these technical questions. My whole world comes back to reality and I'm thinking, "Oh no! My adrenaline just peeked, so If this car is gonna hit me its gotta be RIGHT NOW!" luckily, I just keep my composure and breathe. They figure out the kinks and he yells "ACTION!" and everything goes as perfect as I could hope for; first take. It was definitely a highlight moment in my career. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010558188948 Instagram: www.Instagram.com/spidey_turner

Stunt Performer Spotlight: Silas Borelly

Tell the community about yourself! My name is Silas Borelly, I’m 24 years old. I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana in a family of 11. I’m currently relocating to Los Angeles, California. I grew up in theater then started in film and television when I turned 18. I started in stunts 2 years ago. What inspired you to become a stunt person? Growing up I was very involved in high energy activities such as most sports, or riding ATV’s, dirtbikes, and horses. So when I learned about stunts a few years ago I felt like it was everything I’ve always enjoyed doing and more. What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer? I’d say my greatest skill as a stunt performer is my ability to adapt and adjust on the go. I’m very good at understanding direction and applying it. Also I think being an actor is a big asset for me. My favorite roles are those that I have more acting involved. I’m also very observant and that helps me understand more and do better in the long run. What is the best part about being a stunt performer? The best part about being a stunt performer is that you never get the same job twice. It’s always gonna be something new and usually exciting. I feel like it’ll never get old and that’s an awesome feeling to have about your job. What advice would you give other stunt people? The best advice I have for other stunt performers are two things- 1- Have a good attitude, be attentive, diligent, and helpful. 2- Learn filmmaking as a whole. Being well accustomed to other sides of filmmaking besides stunts will make you a more valuable stunt person. Anything else you would like to tell the community about? Fun fact- I was on the Pelicans Hype Team for the 2019-2020 season which consisted of acrobatic dunkers, dancers, and tumblers. We would perform during halftime, quarter breaks, or timeouts at most of the home games. It was an amazing experience and gave me the opportunity to learn new tricks off the trampolines and also work on dancing skills and other things. Tell your favorite stunt story. This isn’t necessarily a stunt story but it does have stunts involved and I thought it was hilarious so here’s the story- I was shooting a short film with some friends and we had this scene where I get kicked in the face, stumble back and when I turn back around to face camera it’s supposed to be a funny reveal that I’m cross-eyed. Well we were getting a dirty over my friend that kicks me in the scene and he kept laughing every time I would turn to reveal my cross-eyed face. So after a number of takes he still couldn’t stop laughing so we had him close his eyes in this shot since you just see the back of his head. So we shoot it again and now the camera man can’t hold in his laughs so after a few more takes of failing to get a clean shot with no laughs we then have the camera op close his eyes and yes, shoot this reveal shot blindly. Well we finally got the shot but I just wish we could’ve had a BTS video of this scene being shot with both the actor and camera op closing their eyes while filming. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/silasborelly/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/silas.borelly Tiktok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMe1rLftC/ IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10352883/

Stunt Performer Spotlight: Ramon Thomas

Tell about yourself, Ramon! My name is Ramon Hernandez Thomas, I am AA & Hispanic. I'm from Brooklyn, NY. Former Law Enforcement for seven-years both in field and in prison. I am humble, attentive and I am a hard worker. I am the type to listen and observe before I speak. My mindset is "grind as if everyday is day 1 no matter how many credits I have. You will not outwork me!" What inspired you to become a stunt person? I've always wanted to work in the filming industry since I was a kid. I know it sounds cliché, but I always said that I wanted to put smiles on people's faces with "action" or do "action stuff" and the fastest way to reach millions of people was television or big screen. I'd practice all the "actions" from movies, not knowing it was called Stunts or doing stunts. Plus everything in my head played like a action movie. What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer, is there a story behind it? My greatest skill is listening and being able to adapt to any situation. Be a hard worker, be on time (meaning be early), listen and pay attention. No matter how much talent you have, all of that is wasted if you can't follow directions. What is the best part about being a stunt performer? For me its being able to put that "WOW" factor on people's faces. Whether its performing fire work, wire works, fights, etc... to then seeing the finished work inspire others. Also, I learned how to open up and speak a little bit more. I was never much of a "talker" - more of a "let my work/work ethics speak for itself." What advice would you give other stunt people? I would say be HUMBLE, be a hard worker, treat everyday as if its day 1 and YOU'RE the rookie, even with whatever talent you have. Having that mindset will keep you focused. You don't want to be cocky, or act like your better than everyone else, or step on people's toes to get ahead. Like any job, there's someone better waiting and you can be replaced. Anything else you would like to tell the community about? I would say to the community, I would like to see more unity events. Not just Stunt Hustling or same clicks. You never know what people might be going through. All it takes is meeting others or a conversation that can inspire/reignite a spark in someone. Something about you can help someone going through something or needing help but don't know who to ask. You never know the impact you can have in someone's life. Be passionate, ambitious, humble, the hardest worker and kind to all, no matter how talented you are. Remember you use to be on the other side of the fence once trying to get in the industry. Tell your all-time personal favorite stunt story! I remember doing a fight scene and the Stunt Coordinator and mentor wanted me to take the hit over this bench. So, we do a rehearsal however, then bench does not budge at all for the finish he wanted so he asked me, "What do you think? Think its going to move?" I look at the bench, then I look at the coordinator and say, "It's going to move." The scene comes up, I take the kick into the air, hit the bench, the bench shatters and all you can hear is the director saying "Holy sh*t! That was awesome!" Then says, "Damn, I didn't call cut, can we do it again!" StuntPOC: https://stuntpoc.com/stunt-performer/ramon-hernandez-thomas/

Stunt Performer Spotlight: Kevin Inouye

Tell about yourself, Kevin! What inspired you to become a stunt person? I think like many folks as a kid I was drawn to action; I used to play "Robin Hood" in the woods behind my house, stuff like that. But then once I started exploring the world of performance, I found fights were just a fascinating part to be involved in. There's that balance of the very real need to react, to perform these very real physical actions, while at the same time there's an element of illusion at play, where we fake the physics and can be actually looking out for each other instead of trying to hurt each other. The mix of movement, acting, technology/props/toys, of work and of fun, of aggression and cooperation, was super appealing to me. My day job for the least decade plus now has been teaching stage combat, movement, and acting, currently at Case Western Reserve University and the CWRU/Cleveland Playhouse MFA program. Teaching a constant stream of young actors the basics has been a great way to check my own training and ideas, especially when combined with the chance to train with the Stunt Predators USA group (monthly, when in non-pandemic times) and other groups. I just moved to the Northeast Ohio region a few years ago, and it was great to be able to join Mr. Fike's group here. What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer, is there a story behind it? As a performer, probably weapons work. I've trained in a mix of stage combat and movie stunt fighting for decades now, with some martial arts and fencing mixed in as well, plus I run a prop weapons rental business so there's always props for me to work with. I understand the props and armoring side of things as well as the performance end, and have put in the time to be convincing whether swinging a sword or clearing a jammed gun. The other thing I've really specialized in is fight choreography. I've coordinated or choreographed over a hundred fights for the stage and screen working with everyone from talented martial artists and stunt performers to completely untrained and physically unskilled talent, keeping them all safe and looking... well, as best as possible given the time and resources allotted, which is of course a pretty wide range. What is the best part about being a stunt performer? Getting to play! Sure, it's not all fun and games, but when you get the chance to get a cool sequence up to speed with a good partner or team, that's the purest form of play I know. We get to play the best kind of make-believe there is, and get paid for it! What advice would you give other stunt people? Take care of your bodies as best you can - don't wait until you start feeling old to take care of yourself! Put the time in to train, to warm up, to stretch afterwards, and don't be afraid to use pads whenever you can get away with it. Anything else you would like to tell the community about? For anyone either just getting started, or wanting to learn a bit more about other aspects of producing fight scenes, I have some books in print you might be interested in: The Theatrical Firearms Handbook (which also gets into screen use, not just live theatre) and The Screen Combat Handbook (which gets into everything from design to cinematography to editing, as well as stunt staples like fighting and choreographing). Prop Weapons Rental and Fight Choreography Business: www.fightdesigner.com Stunt Predators USA: www.stuntpredatorsusa.com Books: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0415733987?pf_rd_r=M0WEQTHFZVB0QBCP8NGS&pf_rd_p=5ae2c7f8-e0c6-4f35-9071-dc3240e894a8&pd_rd_r=c69c54ba-9003-4cdc-b6a2-681d6b4ccc5d&pd_rd_w=BUAwi&pd_rd_wg=SIr1P&ref_=pd_gw_unk https://www.amazon.com/Screen-Combat-Handbook-Practical-Filmmakers-dp-113849366X/dp/113849366X/ref=mt_other?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=

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