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Dual talents: Actor stays busy with stunt work as productions resume

Daniel Cameron in a fight scene from the film, “It’s Not What You Think.” (Courtesy of Daniel Cameron)

Daniel Cameron is often typecast.

Because of his solid frame, he’s a shoo-in for stunt work or a villain role.

Yet, there are so many other layers to the Albuquerque resident.

“I’m an actor first,” he says. “Everyone sees the big body and assumes I’m doing stunt work. I can also do Shakespeare, man. My primary love is acting.”

But Cameron has been staying busy with stunt work on various productions.

“Recently, I went to Las Vegas, (Nevada), for a stunt seminar,” he says. “I did a high fall from 13 feet. It was my first time learning how to do that. With my body type, I’m usually the villain, and that’s how they die – falling from somewhere high.”

During his time in Las Vegas, he was able to complete three projects.

Daniel Cameron as a wasteland warrior in the film, “Wasteland.” (Courtesy of Daniel Cameron)

“The action film, I did on-screen acting and stunts,” he says. “Then I did a lot of behind-the-scenes work with stunts.”

Cameron works in Albuquerque with a team from Rising Star Stunt Team.

He says that as productions start to increase, they’ve been called out for the productions.

“I had two projects, and they needed fight choreography,” he says. “Just being on set pays for itself. The networking that I’ve done has already lined up three projects in early 2021. That was just last week. You’re never too big to get a small gig.”

Cameron’s journey to the film industry has been a slow and steady one.

Daniel Cameron in scene from the film, “Sarah.” (Courtesy of Daniel Cameron)

It started six years ago, when he was 25.

At a low point in his life, Cameron yearned for a change.

“I felt like dead weight to the people around me,” he says.

The first step was moving out of the environment he was in. Then he met an instructor in martial arts, where the discipline helped mold him into the person he is today.

By this time, it was November 2017.

Cameron moved from Colorado to New Mexico in February.

He arrived a month before the pandemic shut down the film industry for nearly six months.

Daniel Cameron dressed up in a monster suit for a film, “Open Suits,” available on YouTube. (Courtesy of Daniel Cameron)

“Instead of waiting, I hit the ground running,” he says. “I did monologue practice and cold reads. My agents were working to guarantee that there was something to do. The idea behind all the work is that if I rested on my laurels, I’m going to be behind. I continued to get my skills up. It’s been a constant thing.”

Cameron enjoys the challenges that a film production can bring.

He hopes to secure more acting roles.

“I’m a big fan of Robin Williams,” he says. “I love having to think like a different character, find their tone of voice and use it to move a story forward. I am drawn to comedy, so I can clown around, but I can get serious with the flip of a switch.”

SEND ME YOUR TIPS: If you know of a movie filming in the state, or are curious about one, email film@ABQjournal.com. Follow me on Twitter @agomezART.

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