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Ep 4: Sara Holden - How I Became A Hollywood Stunt Actress

So This Is My Why

Today’s guest is Sara Holden and she, well, has been shot, strangled, bludgeoned, suffocated & died in pretty much every imaginable way possible on the big & small screens! Sounds crazy?Not at all. She’s pretty used to it, given her career as a Hollywood stunt actress!A quick look at her IMDb profile will reveal an impressive CV with appearances in I’m Your Woman, Batwoman, General Hospital, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Veronica Mars, NCIS, American Horror Story, Venom, The Walking Dead, Transformers, Divergent, Man of Steel, Oz the Great and Powerful, Sons of Anarchy… the list just goes on and on!!But who exactly is Sara Holden?Sara hails from Detroit, Michigan and she always had a love of theatre while growing up. And while she had no idea what stunts even were back then, retrospectively, it seems as though it was all meant to be. She was a tomboy not afraid to get down and dirty. Played soccer, gymnast and also competitive cheerleading before joining the women’s rugby team in Western Michigan University. The story of how she even ended up in the rugby team is pretty hilarious and involves, surprisingly, the offer of beer! And being smashed into the ground at every match (which she seems to relish! ;)).Moving to Los AngelesUpon graduation, she did an 8-month advertising stint before deciding to quit to give acting a shot. Her reasoning?I've always wanted to do this acting thing... and if I don't do this now, I don't know that I'll ever do it. It was kind of like my time, let's just take the jump leap of faith, if you will, and just see what happens. And so I did, I just moved to Hollywood. And I packed whatever I had into my car and drove out there.But you know what makes that decision especially remarkable?I didn't know anybody. I did not have a job. I did have some money saved up… and I remember I kind of told a little white lie to my parents and said that I had this job. I didn't really have a job at all... And yeah, I just drove out there and got a job as a hostess in Beverly Hills and just started networking. One of the many pieces of evidence of her “what is the worst that can happen?” go-getter attitude. Establishing A Presence In HollywoodEstablishing herself in Hollywood with no contacts, no job and more importantly, no SAG card, was difficult. And we explore:The art of networking in LA/Hollywood;The realities of being one of the many faceless “extras”;How she first discovered the world of stunts;How she got into the exclusive invite-only stunt training facility run by circus-trained Bob Yerkes;What it was like doubling for Pamela Anderson & executing her first professional stunt on a 80mph speed boat; The turning point where she knew she could “make it” in Hollywood; andThe Realities of Life as a Stunt ActressWe also get real on some of the challenges, includingHow she got booked onto stunt jobs;How much stunt person make & the realities of the Hollywood freelance life; The competitive nature of the stunt industry; How she handles the injuries & risks taken on every day; The difference in career opportunities between men and female stunt workers; Why Sara is self-funding a car flip gag;The role of social media in as a stunt person; Managing life at home with young children during the COVID-19; What the future could hold for stunt work in a social distancing era; andWhat you should do if you want to be a stunt actress in Hollywood.  For more details, check out https://www.sothisismywhy.com And don’t forget - if you’re looking to flip your own cars, make sure you give Sara a holler first!!

1hr 23mins

2 Jul 2020

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Hollywood Stuntwoman Sara Holden Talks About Flipping A Car

Crushing 40

Badass female stuntwoman Sara Holden talks about the goal she has this year of flipping her first car. We talk about what it means to be a female in the industry and how she is empowering women. We talk about her stunt life on shows such as Veronica Mars, Fuller House, Chicago PD and so much more.

1hr

31 Mar 2020

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Hollywood Stuntwoman Sara Holden Talks About Flipping A Car

Crushing 40

Badass female stuntwoman Sara Holden talks about the goal she has this year of flipping her first car. We talk about what it means to be a female in the industry and how she is empowering women. We talk about her stunt life on shows such as Veronica Mars, Fuller House, Chicago PD and so much more.

1hr

31 Mar 2020

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#21 Hollywood Stunt Woman Sara Holden Chats Following Your Dreams and Motherhood

Her Course of Impact Podcast

I had the honor of chatting with Sara Holden, an incredible Hollywood stunt woman, as we chat all things following your dreams, overcoming career obstacles, motherhood and more! We even discuss a HUGE project she's working on right now that you won't want to miss! Sara has been featured in Scandal, Fuller House, Divergent, CSI, Iron Man and more! Check out her full list of movie and TV show appearances here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2003635/ Follow her journey on social media here: https://www.instagram.com/saraholdenstunts/ Join us in the Scale Your Business, Love Your Life Facebook group here! https://www.facebook.com/groups/coachingforcoachesgroup  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hercourseofimpact/message

44mins

26 Mar 2020

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How to Go All-In on a Dream with Hollywood Stuntwoman Sara Holden

American Snippets With Barb Allen & Dave Brown

Professional stuntwoman Sara Holden moved to LA with nothing but determination and a dream. Relying only on her own tenacity, talent, and determination, Sara earned an invitation to an exclusive training academy run by renowned stuntman Bob Yerkes. For two years, Sara trained regularly while pursuing an acting career, working to pay bills, building a network, and maintaining a long distance relationship with the man she loves. Today she is a wife, a mom, and successful Hollywood stuntwoman who has worked in TV shows and feature films with top stars. Listen in as Sara shares her story of building her own American Dream.Read our featured article on Sara HoldenWatch this Interview on YouTubeFollow us on Instagram:@americansnippets@barballenspeaks@davebrownliveiTunes Not Your Thing? Listen to us on Simplecast and follow us on Spotify.Don't forget to visit us on YouTube for more inspirational content.

1hr 1min

13 Mar 2020