Watch .@RealPolinaGrace get "Down" with her own stunts in action-packed video

Montreal-based singer/songwriter Polina Grace sets forth her brand new EP — Down — available through SONY Music

The first video — ”Down” — features the dynamic pop powerhouse performing all her own stunts to what results in an action-packed, intriguing, spy-esque thriller. The messaging is sung beautifully loud and melodically clear: self-empowerment, fortitude, and determination.

“Every song is representative of strength, and very personal to me,” shares Polina, who co-wrote three of the original songs on Down. “I believe in being the protagonist of your own life and that is what I’m looking to portray with my songs, lyrics, production, and visuals.

“It’s all about empowering people — especially young women — to pursue their dreams and to ‘give up on giving up,’” she continues, referring to songs on the release. “It’s about not letting anyone drag them ‘down’ and to cast doubts and haters away by leaving them ‘in the shade.’”

In it, the singer/songwriter goes above and beyond, completing all her own intricately choreographed and risky to execute stunts in what quickly becomes a sight to see.

“Once the concept was conceived, I began physically training, watching fight videos, and taking lessons at TriStar Gym in Montreal to learn proper kickboxing and MMA moves,” recalls Polina Grace on the making of “Down.” “My coach pushed me to my limit every training session and really instilled a sense of a “fighter” in me. The amount of time I had to train was only about two or three weeks prior, but I learned some of the fundamentals of the MMA craft which prepped me for the next phase — stunt training.”

Training with Kevin Kelsall, an experienced stuntman based in Montreal, was a journey of its own for Polina. “I only had two rehearsals with him, but he was an incredible choreographer,” she shares. “In the video where he throws me onto his shoulders and flips me onto the bed was not a simple move to do with the limited training I had. Kevin said his stuntmen friends were surprised he would do a move like that with "a singer," but he trusted I could handle it, and more.

“At one point on set, I recall telling him "Kevin, punch me in the side harder. Just do it for real!" He laughed and said I was crazy. I suppose I am a little!”

The same quick learning, strength and determination goes for the sequences Polina did with the K-Dynamique boys in the video’s initial fight scene. “I only had one long rehearsal, and they taught me moves my manager thought I should not do due to their risk level.”

On set, however, Polina felt so confident and supported by the team she not only insisted on completing the risky maneuvers, but also removing many of the protective mats from the floor. “I wanted to make sure the sequences would look believable!”

It wasn’t all without a few fingers crossed, however. “The scene where I throw the guy over myself and onto the table was one of the most stressful stunts to do. We only had one breakable table on set and there was no room for error. I had messed that stunt up 50% of time in rehearsals, so you can imagine the pressure I felt on set to perform!”

- Polina Grace -

Watch .@RealPolinaGrace get "Down" with her own stunts in action-packed video Watch .@RealPolinaGrace get "Down" with her own stunts in action-packed video Reviewed by FADED4U on November 03, 2017 Rating: 5

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