In Lessons from The Maestro: Crafting a Successful Fight/Stunt Career in Theatre and Film, famed Hollywood and theatre stuntman, trainer, and fight director David L. Boushey writes about his life, the history of stage and screen combat and stunt work, and how to enter the entertainment industry.
Charting his illustrious career that spanned over 45 years, 400 theatre credits, and 45 films, Boushey narrates the events and decisions that lead him to enter the entertainment industry and documents for the first time his founding of multiple national and international associations for fight directors and stuntmen. He provides a roadmap for individuals aspiring to work in the theatre and film industry, providing information on training, auditioning, networking, unions, different paths one might take, and tips on how to be a successful stunt performer in a competitive industry.
Part autobiography, part how-to guide to the entertainment business from the foremost authority in stage combat and stunt work, this is an invaluable resource for professional and aspiring fight and intimacy directors and stunt performers in theatre and film.
Table of Contents
1.In the Beginning 2. With a Little Help from My Friends 3. Jolly Old England 4. Homeward Bound 5. Creating the Society of American Fight Directors 6. A University Collaboration 7. “Paddy” and the Golden Years of Hollywood 8. Meeting a Legend 9. Famous Stunt Performers 10. Reaping the Whirlwind 11. Surviving the Game 12. The United Stuntmen’s Association 13. The International Stunt School 14. Discovering the IOSP 15. Partnering and Auditioning 16. Starting and Running Your Business 17. Contacts and Connections 18. Joining the Unions 19. Live Stunt Shows 20. Careers and Compromises 21. Creating Your Own Future 22. Fulfilling a Dream 23. Artistry and Achievements 24. Theatre and Film Stories 25. Personal Credentials and Reviews 26. Closing Thoughts and Testimonials
David L. Boushey is the Founder of The Society of American Fight Directors, The United Stuntmen’s Association, and the International Stunt School, and was inducted into the Holywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame