New camp opens in Polk County for aspiring stunt performers

John Zimmerman's Stunt Camp is a professional stunt training program designed to prepare men and women for stunt performing and stunt acting.

HAINES CITY, Fla. - The life of a stunt performer is dangerous; They light themselves on fire and jump off buildings.

Ffor those who chose the profession, it's a great way to earn a living. If you ever found yourself wanting to get into this line of work, there is a new camp in Haines City that can show you how.

John Zimmerman is a veteran stunt performer with more than 130 film and television credits to his name.

“When I retired, I thought let me pass it on, let me do an organized school and teach people that are not in the business," Zimmerman said.

John Zimmerman’s Stunt Camp was born. Over the course of seven days, Zimmerman and his team of professional stunt performers will teach the ins and outs of the business. 

“You can't learn the stuff on your road, it's just too dangerous and there's also a lot of other interesting things." Zimmerman said. "How do you conduct yourself on a film set? how to audition for a part?”

Anyone who signs up for the camp can learn the proper way to fall, fight and fly through the air using equipment and techniques used on Hollywood sets. 

“The beauty of this camp, for me personally, I have a place to send people. I get emails through the internet {asking} 'where do I go to learn?' Now, I have a legitimate, honest place to send them,” said Hollywood stunt coordinator Wally Crowder.

Camps are held in Haines City, Florida. The next camp starts Jan. 6, 2018 and will cost $1,500. You must be 18 years old or older to attend. 

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