Christie Aaria Emby is our newest featured ID Team member, having only trained with us since January, and she is already seeing results.
What is your job?
How did you get into stage combat?
I have always loved sports and exercise. I thought about learning some combat skills and spoke to a few friends in the industry who suggested I get stage combat skills. I was recommended ID by a friend and when I took my first class I knew I had found exactly what I was looking for, I had found my calling!
How long have you been training in stage combat?
Since November 2015.
What courses and/or workshops have you done with ID?
Level 1 guns, BADC basic and intermediate.
What is your favourite weapon or unarmed style?
Sword and dagger as it is somehow, for me one of the easiest styles to pick up and remember choreography for. Also I love the way it looks in a fight. Unarmed and tumbling.
What has been the favourite part of your training?
When we got to act and fight. It was so rewarding to put a character and scene in with the fight we had learnt and essentially do it for real as you would have to on set/stage.
In what ways has stage combat training helped you?
It has helped me get more acting jobs. I am now put up for a lot more action roles that require certain skills. Otherwise I would not have even been seen for those jobs.
Personally it's helped me gain more confidence in roles I otherwise would not have put myself forward for. In such a competitive industry, it has given me more options for work which I am very grateful of.
Have you had any work through ID?
I was put forward for an audition by Dan and landed the lead role in a promo for a feature.
What has been your favourite fight related job?
One that is going to shoot in September for Listerine as it's going to be a few different fighting styles and will be the first time I get to fight on screen.
What would be your ideal job?
A lead action role for a big tv series or feature.
Do you have any funny/interesting stage combat stories?
I stabbed my partner in the leg in our exam! He was fine though, it didn't break the skin, and we both continued on with the fight as if it hadn't happened.
What is your favourite fight you've seen in a film or stage production and why?
Recently in Game of Thrones
- a fight between a young Ned Stark outside a castle with 2 others. One guy was using two swords. It was insane.
What training would you like to do next?
From your experience what advice would you give to someone wanting to be a fight performer?
Do it! It is so much fun. A challenge at the start, but defiantly worth focusing and putting up with the hard bit of getting that foot movement correct and learning the choreography and safety. Once you starting gaining confidence you can start performing, and it's such a great addition to your skill set as a performer.
You can see Christie's recent Horror promo soon find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/huntedfilm/?fref=ts
See her previous work and showreel here: http://m.imdb.com/name/nm3581840