Interview with CEO Hunter Crowder
WHAT THEY DO
“Stunt Players allows stunt performers to promote themselves to coordinators, directors, and producers to be hired for work in the film and television industry. By signing up for the service, members are placed in an online database made easily accessible and searchable by industry professionals. Many of the stunt performers seen in films like Fast and the Furious and Pirates of the Caribbean have been hired through Stunt Players.”
HOW STUNT PLAYERS WAS BORN
“My father, Wally Crowder, a stunt coordinator and director, originally founded the company two decades ago. He helped advance the stunt industry by providing coordinators with a hardcopy directory allowing them to browse through stunt performers and hire them based on stats and abilities.
This altered the way stunt people would go about getting work – typically crashing sets and hustling coordinators with their headshots and resumes. However, due to the work my father was taking on as a coordinator, he decided to shut down the business. As an actor, I was lucky enough to score a national commercial campaign and purchase the company from him. I took over as CEO to revitalize Stunt Players as a contemporary web platform.”
“Contributing to an industry that has become my life. I am obsessed with the film industry and find it my duty to give back in any way I can. I grew up around stunt people and it only made sense that I help build something useful for those I believe to be the hardest working, most under-appreciated heroes in entertainment.”
“I am a film-lover and cinephile more so than I am an entrepreneur. While I have a sharp focus on what Stunt Players must innovate and execute, the biggest obstacles are technical ones. Fortunately, I work with an incredible development team that has become my “pit crew.” No production succeeds without a reliable cast and crew, even behind the scenes.”
ADVICE TO ENTREPRENEURS
Build something that you are passionate about, something that you are obsessed with. If you aren’t obsessed, don’t waste the time. And then you must love it more than anything else. I get to work with performers who crash cars, light themselves on fire, and jump from buildings. It’s full throttle… but I love it.