We receive a lot of questions at Drivers East about the school and becoming a stunt driver in general. The following should answer most of them. Please read this first and if you have a question that is not explained here feel free to contact us.
Yes. You must be 18 years of age, possess a valid drivers license, be alcohol and substance free for the days of the classes and be able to listen and follow directions.
We keep the class sizes small–3 to 4 people for the level 1 or the advanced course. If you are with a group, we can make a special arrangements and provide for your group per your requirements. If you have a friend(s) or relative(s) or your own group of 3 to 4 people that you would like to attend class with, we can accommodate you as well. We also offer private lessons and gift certificates.
The two day class runs consecutively. There are no exceptions to this. Each class day usually runs about 7 to 8 hrs depending on the group. Class dates will be set throughout the season, which usually runs from April to November, weather permitting. First come, first served. You cannot be scheduled for a class until we have received your deposit of $1,000.00. We take deposits all year round.
The two day class runs consecutively. There are no exceptions to this. Each class day usually runs about 7 to 8 hrs depending on the group. Class dates will be set throughout the season, which usually runs from April to November, weather permitting.
Class sizes are kept small, usually 3 to 4 students. This maximizes the amount the time behind the wheel.
We use mostly ex-police vehicles with automatic transmissions. We have both front wheel and rear wheel drive vehicles.
No. Each driver will have his/her own car to drive. We provide all cars for the driving school.
Yes. A deposit of $1,000 is required. Our spots are on a first come, first served basis. You cannot be scheduled for a class until we have received your deposit. We take deposits all year round.
There is different advice on how to become a stunt driver/stunt person. There are also a lot of different paths on how to get into the stunt field. The following are some very basic things that you need to do:
Some of the first initial steps are to compose a resume with your skill set as well as a quality headshot of yourself. Then you need to obtain your SAG/AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild /American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) card. This is no easy task. Look up the website for the details on how to join. When you accomplish getting into the union, a stunt driver/stunt person still has to earn a good reputation. There is no short cut for this. It takes time, trust, skill, proving yourself over and over again and more TIME. Another thing is that if you just want to do “stunt driving,” then you are going to limit the amount you work. If you are athletic or hold any type of other skills (fighting, sports, gymnastics, swimming & etc), then market them and yourself because there are a lot of productions that do not require any stunt driving.
When it comes to the driving school, the explanation we give is this: We do not guarantee any type of work after attending the course. This is not to say that you will not get work, but there is no guarantee. We do give you a completion card with your name and dates that you attended the course and completed it.
Another great example we always use is: If you go to a martial artist and they teach you 4 kicks and 4 punches in 2 days would you consider yourself a martial artist? Of course you wouldn’t. It is the same thing with being a stunt driver. For those of us doing this as a career, it is our life’s work. A great comment that we heard/use is that I am a 30 year overnight success.
We are not trying to overwhelm or discourage you at all, but want to give you some of the facts. Only you know what you are prepared to do or sacrifice to get into this line of work. With all of that said, we would be glad to have you in class. We hope all this information helps. Good Luck and be safe.