Jazzy Ellis Smiling
 Hi! I'm Jazzy Ellis.

I have spent nearly a decade navigating my place as a Black stunt performer and actor in the film industry.  With a focus on safety, integrity, and equity, my goal has been to level the playing field and add some color to the industry’s grayscale expectations.  Within film, my specialties are stunt acting, movement, creature work, wire work, and shaking up the status quo.

 

I have performed in over 75 films and TV shows, and I am still battling the racist, sexist, ableist, and generally discriminatory practices that exist within the industry. However, with “the myth of white supremacy” constantly working against me, this Black Queen is still WINNING! Literally. I won my first SAG Award in 2019 for Avengers: Endgame and was nominated again this year for my work on the stunt team of HBO’s Lovecraft Country.

I graduated pre-med from Princeton University in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Religion and a certificate in Spanish Language and Culture, and later received my MBA. I am an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I am a former pageant queen, professional dancer, radio show host, and high school math and special education teacher.  Born, raised, and currently living in New Jersey, I spent 4 years in New Orleans, Louisiana; 5 years in Atlanta, Georgia; and a few months in villages in the Ecuadorian Amazon with nothing but what could fit into my backpack while studying under indigenous shamans. My lifestyle is curated and cultivated around learning, adventure, and strengthening my courage with daily practice.

 

I have spent the bulk of my life integrating spaces and bridging new connections. Whether it was at Princeton conducting my independent research in the jungle, on the stages of USA's top pageants, or in underprivileged NOLA classrooms spreading a message of achievement, I did not let my fear factor into the fight for what's right. A survivor of domestic abuse and sexual assault, I now know how to harness the power of my voice and to express my boundaries and needs.  I am a model of resilience and mental fortitude.  My adversity has propelled me to live my most mindful and healthy life, to achieve lofty goals, and to teach others how to do the same.

In 2021 and beyond, I look forward to continuing to grow in my career and to helping more diverse stunt performers, particularly stuntwomxn start and maintain stunt careers in film and TV. I also look forward to helping other ambitious womxn in all industries move through their fears and accomplish their "impossible" goals. Nothing feels freer than going after everything you dream of.