Josh Nalley’s dedication to enjoying lifeless has breathed life into a brand new profession — as a TV actor.
After curating a macabre TikTok account crammed with quite a few movies of himself trying “un-alive,” the 42-year-old Kentucky restaurant supervisor will seem as a lifeless man on an upcoming episode of CSI: Vegas.
“I wish to thank CSI: Vegas for casting me,” Nalley says in an appreciatory TikTok video. “It is actually a tremendous expertise.”
Nalley has constructed up an enviable following on his TikTok account @living_dead_josh, the place he recurrently posts movies of himself trying lifeless. Within the vids, the bearded, casually dressed Nailey lies immobile — typically in wooded areas but additionally in swimming swimming pools, beds and bars. The account presently has greater than 118,000 followers, and Nalley’s movies have gotten greater than 4 million likes all advised.
“For the previous yr ya’ll have been commenting and liking and sharing and following me,” Nalley says within the TikTok. “With out ya’ll, I could not have performed it.” He caps off the video by spraying a bottle of champagne.
Nalley advised the Louisville Courier Journal he determined to go full possum after seeing a TikToker publish about scorching sauce, attracting the eye of a number of hot-sauce firms.
“I believed if I used to be inventive sufficient enjoying an un-alive particular person, I might get the eye of a tv present or a film manufacturing firm,” he advised the newspaper, “and the way about that, it labored.”
CBS favored what they noticed in Nalley’s movies and supplied him the half. He traveled to California, and CBS producers took him to the Hollywood Stroll of Fame, based on the Courier Journal. A TikTok video reveals him posing on his facet by CSI actress Marg Helgenberger’s star.
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It took Nalley 321 days of preliminary un-alive movies to get his large break. Now that he is achieved that feat, he nonetheless finds causes to faucet into his interior cadaver.
“Un-aliving till the subsequent episode of CSI: Vegas,” he wrote in a latest Tok.
Crime drama CSI: Vegas, a sequel to long-running collection CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, premiered in 2021 and stars Paula Newsome, Matt Lauria and Mandeep Dhillon. The CSI: Vegas episode that includes Nalley premieres on Nov. 3 on CBS and is directed by Mario Van Peebles.
Nalley lately shared a video commemorating a yr of posting his death-themed movies, and even sells merchandise on-line together with a T-shirt that reads “Solid Josh.” He is advised his followers he will hold posting to the account. So appears like followers can depend on his eerie vids all through spooky season and past.