Gemita Samarra is inspired by proactive people who do what they love because they believe in themselves and the causes they support. She has truly lived by that inspiration, writing a documentary to expose shark finning, working on farms to pay for training as a show jumper, and starring as a stunt double in a Bond film. Gemita's work ethic, boundless curiosity, and fearlessness continue to provide her with truly unique perspectives.
Q & A
Question: What influenced you the most to pursue your current career?
I came into stunts from a horse and swimming background. I spent many years on farms (not my parents’ farms—farms I worked on to be able to afford training!), working in exchange for accommodation for myself and boarding for my horse. I trained as hard as I could and competed in show jumping. I also competed in synchronized swimming, so horses and water were my main introduction to stunts! My first few jobs were underwater, and then I started training in other sports to add to my skill set.
I found my passion for writing in voicing other peoples’ and animals’ stories that slip under the radar unless awareness is brought to them. It started with my love for sharks and my hatred of shark finning, and I wrote my first documentary revolving around shark conservation. Since then, I’ve been writing more documentaries that raise social awareness on environmental, animal, and human rights. I just started writing commercials and I’m threading my passion for awareness into the commercials too, building narratives around causes I believe in. I wish I could talk about the projects I’m working on currently as they’re the most exciting!
Question: What stunts or accomplishments are you most proud of?
I’m very proud and grateful to have worked on a Bond movie so early in my career. I really appreciate the opportunities I’ve had, with stunts, as an athlete, and with writing. I did no formal or further education to give me any credibility for writing or producing, but I live by the idea of having passions strong enough to make anything happen, and it’s really worked for me! I’ve believed in my ideas, and have done everything I can to make them happen, and things are finally starting to grow! Unfortunately, the writing project I’m most proud of is about to start, and I can’t say too much about it!
Question: What’s your favorite sport and why?
I’m a total water freak—my initial reaction is to say anything water based. I really, really love surfing, but it’s difficult when I’m not always in a place I can surf regularly to improve, so I spend a lot of my time trying to remember how to surf! But it’s one of my favorites for sure. I have a special connection with the water and mountains. I feel empowered by the ocean and humbled by the mountains, and all the sports I can do in both places. Climbing, free diving, surfing, snowboarding, and mountain biking are my favorites, even though I know I’m probably better at other sports!
Question: What’s the coolest thing about having a wolf?
Lupa is basically me on four legs, with a big furry coat and massive white eyebrows. I love being able to enjoy the outdoors with her—she’s extremely robust, and I can take her to some of the most extreme terrain! She’s totally independent, and I trust if she roamed into the wilderness today, she’d survive totally happily! She’s tough and has my endless energy, so we really bounce off of each other. It’s tricky when I travel and she can’t come with me, and when we have to avoid livestock and some other dogs. But other than that, she’s faultless, and she's my heart and soul.