Review: How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity

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It’s no secret that cats are hot on the internet, and some of the more prominent internet cats have probably made their guardians rich enough to at least be able to give up their day jobs. If you’ve ever wondered whether your cat could be the next Maru, Grumpy Cat or Lil BUB, How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity: A Guide to Financial Freedom offers advice on how to make your cat the next feline superstar.

Written by Patricia Carlin, with photography by Dustin Fenstermacher, this “guide” will help you

  • identify your cat’s special talent
  • choose a stage name for your cat
  • film and edit a viral video

With  mostly tongue-in-cheek, but sometimes practical advice, this get-rich-quick book maps out the road to financial freedom for cat guardians. However, if you think you can just sit back and let your cat do all the work, think again!

“This road won’t be easy. In fact, it won’t even be a road; it’ll be more like a trail of urine that you can see only with an ultraviolet lamp. … And because your cat is, in all likelihood, a lazy creature who likes to sleep most of the time, you’ll have to work twice as hard for the both of you (which adds up to four times as hard.”

Still think you want to get rich with the help of your cat? The book offers plenty of guidance on how to make the most of your cat’s fifteen minutes of fame. I chuckled through most of the book, but I will say that the section on how to make a viral video offered a lot of solid, practical advice on how to plan a shoot, dress the set, frame shots, and edit a video.

It’s when you read the sections that actually provide true practical advice when you realize that while we may be envious of some of the high profile internet stars, they didn’t accidentally become famous. There’s an awful lot of work that goes into a really good video. But, as the author says, “picture yourself at a cocktail party, reeling off the number of views your latest clip has received while all the other millionaires spit out their drinks in disbelief. It will be so worth it.”

What do you think? Does your cat have what it takes to be an internet star? More importantly, do you have what it takes to be your cat’s agent, manager, public relations representative, and faithful servant all in one?

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

6 Comments on Review: How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity

  1. Rebecca
    April 20, 2014 at 9:12 am (5 years ago)

    Hello, you commented there was alot of good technical info? I’m not so interested in making my cats stars, but I do work at a shelter and like to make videos of some of the kitties available for adoption. I had no idea how to make videos, but have figured something out enough on my iPhone to suffice. So my question is, is the info in this book something that would benefit me (and the kitties!)?

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    • Ingrid
      April 20, 2014 at 4:19 pm (5 years ago)

      I found the section on making videos very helpful. It includes tips on how to set up a video shoot, how to frame a shot, how to get a cat to look at the camera, and more. If you’re already a pretty good photographer, a lot of this may be basic knowledge for you, but I learned quite a few new tricks.

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      • Rebecca
        April 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm (5 years ago)

        Yeah, I’m not really a great photographer 🙁 Just whatever I can get on my iPhone. Thanks for the reply, I’m going to check out the book!

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  2. Jobi and Fisher
    April 13, 2014 at 7:01 am (5 years ago)

    I don’t have the energy to be the agent, but I will love reading this book for the humor. Great review!

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  3. Sue Brandes
    April 11, 2014 at 5:02 pm (5 years ago)

    Sounds like an interesting book. Not sure if I would want an internet star.

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  4. Eastside Cats
    April 11, 2014 at 7:43 am (5 years ago)

    When I first began reading your review, Ingrid, my forehead was scrunched up and I was thinking…what? Then…my eyebrows moved up and I’m now thinking…hey, this isn’t a half-bad idea! Thinking I’m going to get this book! If not my inside kitties, our one very friendly feral is a real crowd-pleaser; I show videos of him to everyone and they always laugh! Hmm…don’t know about the travel part of the celebrity biz; he’s a backyard ham, but don’t know how he’ll do inside. Guess I’d better get the book!

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