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SXSW 2020

Discipline,Perseverance: Black (F) Stunt Performer

This panel session will be a positive, informative discussion regarding being a part of the little know segment of talent in the Film & Television Industry, The Black, Female Stunt Performer. The panel will share knowledge from this unique perspective to inform and get rid of many assumptions & misguided information that are prevalent. Insight that will serve aspiring stunt performers & film makers. Diversity is important. Having the experience and perspective of others can inform creativity, help in problem solving and expand your audience.
Topics: How you got into stunts; Opportunities for female POC stunt performers; The assumption of talent based on your race & gender; The different conversations you have with Hair & Make-Up, wardrobe and catering; Why Diversity is important.

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  1. Don’t assume talent or ability based on gender or race. Yes, black people can swim.
  2. Be aware and respectful of other departments. Wardrobe, H&MU for a stunt performer are important in how they perform. Don't assume, communicate.
  3. “Diversity Equals Seeing Greater Possibilities” - Cheryl Lewis Diversity = Seeing > Possibilities


  • Cheryl Lewis, Stunt Performer / Action Coordinator, CinA Studios, Inc
  • Keisha Tucker, Actor/ Stuntwoman, NA


Cheryl Lewis, Action Design / Action Director, CinA Studios

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Film & TV Industry
  • Level: Advanced
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