From Old to New Media and Back Again: Alphacat on the Big Screen

/ Feb 15, 2014


Many YouTube celebrities originally had their sights set for the big screen. Brittani Louise Taylor, for one, acted in loads of student films in LA before ending up on YouTube, while the Fine Brothers traveled the film festival circuit. Alphacat (real name: Iman Crosson) revealed on today’s “Ear Biscuits with Rhett & Link” that his original goal lay in traditional media, as well.

Since Obama now has less than two years left in office, Rhett & Link wondered how Crosson would expand his repertoire once he no longer had the president to impersonate. Crosson replied that he will “start seguing into film and television, which was ultimately my goal the entire time.”

Crosson is already well on his way, with one film already under his belt. In “Along the Roadside,” Crosson plays the lead. The film already won multiple best picture awards at film festivals and gave Crosson the chance to act along Michael Madsen of “Reservoir Dogs” fame.

Currently, Crosson’s working on a film shot in India. Though he can’t “legally talk about it,” he did tell Rhett & Link that the movie, part of a big franchise in India (akin to “Scary Movie”), will get his face on a lot of billboards across the Atlantic.

In spite of his trajectory towards “old media,” Crosson said, “I would never really want to completely abandon YouTube and Vine. [There are] so many people there who love me and supported me, and I’d never want to walk out on that.”

On that note, Crosson believes that in spite of gaining fast recognition on Vine, YouTube is the more strategic platform for him to continue posting videos. Conveniently for Crosson, his Vines have provided him with the perfect short form ideas to lengthen into YouTube sketches. His next batch of videos should reflect some Vines you may have already seen.

For more on the future of Alphacat, check out this past episode of “Ear Biscuits with Rhett & Link.”

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