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Man who claimed to be dead for 321 days is cast as an actor on CSI.

Josh Nalley, from Kentucky, filmed a video on TikTok every day for almost a year claiming to be dead before earning his dream part as a dead corpse on CSI: Vegas.

Talk about a different path into the strange and beautiful world of Hollywood…

While many aspiring stars try to get into the industry via many casting auditions, years of acting school, and plain old-fashioned nepotism – it’s evident that Josh had his own ideas.

It turns out that all it takes is a little hard work, devotion, and hundreds of TikTok videos of oneself laying on the ground appearing to be dead to go on a big TV program and have your chance at fame.

@living_dead_josh #csivegas #fyp #foryoupage ♬ Something in the Orange (Z&E's Version) – Zach Bryan

Josh submitted hundreds of recordings of himself pretending to be dead in the hopes of being cast as a corpse in one of their episodes.

In a strange twist of destiny, 321 days later, the Kentucky man’s request was granted when CSI: Vegas contacted him after discovering the viral sensation and gave him the role of a dead corpse in one of their episodes.

He said that he had no acting experience but had learned over time how to represent a corpse more convincingly through practice.

He said that he does not like speaking on camera, but he can lie there and act dead pretty effortlessly.

Having completed over 300 of these posts, he has grown and improved. One could see him breathing, and the fake blood looked extremely horrible at first.

He has stopped using blood and gotten better at holding his breath.

Josh realized that the key to a believable corpse shot was to have some movement in the video so that it didn’t simply appear like a snapshot, so although he was motionless, his surroundings were alive and fluid.

@living_dead_josh Tune in to the Season 2 premiere September 29th @csicbs #csivegas #cbs #dreamcometrue #goals #fyp #foryoupage ♬ Who Are You – The Who

He got the idea after witnessing a lady post about spicy sauce on TikTok and receiving a slew of offers from stores, which made him question whether he could do the same by portraying a dead corpse on TV.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing during his time on set, as he said that he accidentally blew one take by leaving his phone on, and obviously, a telemarketer chose to call him at the worst possible moment.

While Josh has no intentions to leave his day job as a restaurant manager, he has gotten a number of additional invitations to portray a dead corpse in other movies, so his chance at celebrity may be just getting started.

I think hard work really pays off.

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