FARMINGTON - Fighting is never the answer, unless you want to win an Emmy.
Farmington resident Skip Carlsen recently won a Daytime Emmy Award for his stunt coordinating work on “The Aquabats! Super Show!” on the cable network Hub. Carlsen, who also works as a stuntman, actor and karate instructor, didn’t even know he’d been nominated.
“I only found out the week before,” he said. “Jason (deVilliers, with the Aquabats) called me and said, ‘You don’t check your e-mail, you?’”
Carlsen, who owns Dragon’s Eye Freestyle Karate in Farmington, had just closed the studio for the summer. Though he had to sell his motorcycle and his wife had to sell her car in order to be able to afford the trip, the couple flew out to California late last month to attend the ceremony.
“That night we got dressed up and got to walk the red carpet,” he said. “I wasn’t nervous at all, which shocked me. I didn’t think about an Emmy.”
When he was announced as a winner, it caught him completely by surprise.
“I was jumping up and down, cheering for Aquabats, when they called my name,” said Carlsen. “All I could do was turn to my wife and say ‘No way!’”
During his acceptance speech, he thanked his wife for putting him back together after his injuries and expressed his shock at winning. Then he did a little karate kick onstage.
Afterward, he said that several people told him that they’d admired his speech. All together, Carlsen felt like it was a perfect moment.
“Everything clicked,” he said. “All the broken bones and hard work just came together. Everything was meant to be this way.”
That journey began when he was much younger and decided to head out to Hollywood to find work as a stuntman. Before he could make it out there, he auditioned for a job in Park City and won the part. Though he never moved out to L.A., his life on the silver screen was set.
“I just wanted to work in movies,” he said. “That’s all I was praying for.”
Now that his work has been recognized, Carlsen isn’t about to rest on his laurels. He’s got several stunt opportunities set up and in the works all across the country, and is in talks to do an animated project about a lobster who rides a dirt bike. He also has a line of specialty pepper sprays he’s looking to market. He’s also still for hire, and can be contacted via e-mail at email@example.com.
No matter what the future holds, the fact that he has an Emmy at home makes it all seem possible.
“If I can do this, I can do anything,” Carlsen said. “Life begins at 56.”