We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremy Sample and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jeremy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is defined as a situation involving exposure to danger. I left a corporate career to pursue a new path in stunts. The nature of my profession exposes me and others to situations that would make most people uncomfortable. I fully embrace the fact that we take calculated risks to help create the action sequences people enjoy.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Telling people I transitioned from corporate project lead to stunt performer typically leaves them with puzzled looks on their faces. I was a three sport athlete (football, wrestling, track and field) in high school and received a football scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. I became a starting linebacker my senior year and was hired by a technology company after I graduated.

Stunts became a part of my life when I told my friend and former teammate, Stephen Pope (stunt coordinator), that I had considered leaving corporate America. He happened to be working on a film and needed African American stunt performers. It was the opportunity of a lifetime and something that would change my life forever.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting NYC and I wanted to show them a good time, I would plan our activities by borough.

Manhattan: Dizzy’s Club, Central Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, ARTECHOUSE NYC
Bronx: Bronx Zoo
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Coney Island
Staten Island: Staten Island Ferry
Long Island: Jones Beach State Park, East Hampton

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Stephen A. Pope is my friend and mentor. His guidance was critical in helping me transition from corporate project lead to stunt performer, and ultimately stunt coordinator.

Website: http://www.imdb.me/JeremySample

Instagram: @Harlemstuntman

Twitter: @Harlemstuntman

Image Credits
Val Tourchin

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