We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauro Chartrand-DelValle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauro, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk has always been a huge factor in my life and my career since I decided I wanted to be a stuntman at the age of 8 years old! To me risk is what makes life fun, what makes you feel alive. Risk pumps the blood and adrenaline through your veins. Risk doesn’t mean you need to be careless or stupid. In my life, especially in my 31 year career as a stuntman, the majority of the risk has been calculated, planned and well thought through so I would always have the biggest margin of success. Life is a risk, so embrace it!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The Art of Action has been a passion of mine from a very young age. At 8 I found out that I was born to be a stuntman. Every day from then on, I was constantly having thoughts of how I could become a stuntman, what I could train in that would benefit and contribute to my success as an Action Artist! I grew up riding horses, training them, and competing in rodeos. Then I learned how to ride motorcycles. Learned to drive in any condition. Studied Martial Arts for 20 years, and at the age of 23 was finally able to set foot on a film set and start my journey as a professional film and TV stunt performer. Nothing was ever easy, but every step was worth the blood, sweat and tears it took to get to where I am today. I almost died on my 2nd professional stunt day ever, but after 3 surgeries and recovering for 4 months I jumped right back in with more determination than ever before. I truly believe it was what I was meant to do. Two things I learned in order to be the best Action Artist I could be, was to be as tough as nails and pick up new skills as quick as possible. In the stunt business, if you want to work all the time, you need to have a very wide range of skill sets and when you get knocked down, you have to be able to get back up and do it again, and again, and again. Stunts and the art of action is a love, a passion and at times even an addiction. But we do it to perform and entertain audiences world wide, so they might get some joy and excitement from the action we portray on screen.
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?
I’m not much of a city person so I’d grab my friend, jump on a couple of Harley’s and head out of town on the wide open highways! Probably find a ranch we could hang out at for the week and get some miles in on horse back as well as exploring the area. I love the night sky, especially in the great wide open, so there would definitely be some star gazing with a good bottle of tequila as well! Photography is another passion, so I’m sure we’d stop along the way for some good photo opps!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost I need to shoutout and acknowledge the great sense of confidence and perseverance my Mother instilled in me. I’ve never met a challenge I didn’t feel I could conquer and I learned that from her. My years of Martial Arts training under Cameron Steuart and Fumio Demura not only provided amazing Mentorship, but instilled and imbedded a work ethic and calmness in me that is with me for life!
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