This Is What a Stunt Professional's Reel Should Look Like

Tarah Paige is the woman who fell down the rabbit hole and made it look easy for actress Mia Wasikowska in “Alice in Wonderland.”

Paige is a stuntwoman.

The scene is one of many impressive pieces included in her demo reel uploaded to YouTube—highlighting her versatile performances throughout her career on-camera.

In under two minutes and 30 seconds, the stuntwoman displays the many disciplines she has mastered in her craft, including dancing, aerial acrobatics, acting and more.

Among the gems in the reel, she starts with a clip showcasing a sky-high plunge onto a trampoline for a Motorola commercial. In scene from “Transformers: Age of Extinction” she calls attention to her experience working with explosions onset. Her flexibility is on full show during a commercial for ESPN’s College Game Day—in which she highlights how her body was stuffed into a washing machine. Adding more variety to the reel, she shows how her movements were recording during a dance sequence and later animated in “A Christmas Carol.”

Paige shows her familiarity with harnesses in a “Nightmare on Elm Street” clip, noting in a caption that she is a two-time Taurus Award nominee for her work in the horror film. The Taurus Awards honors the work of stunt professionals worldwide.

The wide variety of screen work featured in Paige’s reel helps to highlight her strengths and range as a stunt professional. Retaining behind-the-scenes copies of stunt work is imperative for developing a portfolio that shows a professional’s work in action—without the editing or appearance that another actor performed the work.