Get to Know Jane

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JANE AUSTIN SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer
Jane Austin is the national secretary-treasurer and the Los Angeles Local president for SAG-AFTRA.

Before Austin’s election to both offices in 2015, she served on the boards of Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists for 12 years and the merged SAG-AFTRA National Board for two years. She currently sits as Chair of the LA Conservatory committee, Vice Chair of Stunt and Safety committee and as a Vice Chair to the LA Military and Family Support committee. Austin is a member of the President’s Blue Ribbon Safety Taskforce.

Austin’s many years of board service include five turns on the TV/Theatrical Negotiating committee, member of the Communications Committee, Disciplinary Review Committee and the National Executive Committee. In her work as national chair of the Stunt & Safety Committee, Austin spearheaded the successful effort to establish the Stunt Coordinator eligibility guidelines and Stunt Coordinator Code of Conduct as well as instituting stunt performers and their work recognized at the SAG Awards. Austin is a venerable force in the stunt community. Her career as a stuntwoman began in 1988 on the television series Tour of Duty, where she earned her SAG card. Austin has done stunt work on feature films such as Avatar 2, Wayne’s World, Naked Gun, Star Trek Generations, Red Eye, Poseidon and Scent of a Woman; television shows Veronica Mars, Timeless, Bosch, The District, Law & Order, Justified, Key and Peele, True Blood and on three seasons of V.I.P. to name a few. Austin has driven for numerous car commercials and specializes in aerials stunts and fire burns. Biggest stunts to date include a 650-foot descender and an 80-foot high fall.

Austin attended the University of San Diego business school and is co-owner of Hollywood Stuntworks, a company providing stunt coordinators, performers and equipment to the entertainment industry. Stuntworks also manufactures and distributes internationally, FIREGEL, a patented gel that is used for safe execution of fire burns. Austin is married to award-winning stunt coordinator/performer Kurt Lott.