A lot of people have watched some sort of paranormal TV show like Ghost Adventures or Ghost Hunters (being the most popular 2) and think wow being a Paranormal Investigator looks really cool. They don’t realise there is a lot more to than just running around in night vision. I have touched on this before in previous articles but here are some things you may not know about us Paranormal Investigators.
Investigating is considered a hobby. We actually lead normal lives. A lot of us have full time jobs, families, households to run. This is something we do in our spare time. It is not uncommon to have to move around work commitments and organise baby sitters just to be able to attend an investigation.
Unless you are Zak Bagans with a major TV deal, you will not see any money hitting your pocket. Investigators shouldn’t be charging you to attend an investigation in your home when you have asked for help. If they are – run in the other direction they are not there to help you. Some people do make some money when they are hosting public investigations, but these are actually tour companies. Groups may get some cash to cover their costs, but it is likely it won’t even scratch the surface.
There is always a story behind every location. It is usually a dark history and that is what draws us in. You can find us on our weekends off looking at old articles, reading books and even visiting locations just for fun. Why? Because we love the old buildings and the stories of the people that lived there.
Whether it is research, blogging, doing podcasts, writing webinars you will find most investigators fill their spare time away from investigating doing paranormal stuff. The biggest one is testing equipment for a lot of people. Trying to think of something new or just even understanding how something works. The mind of a true investigator never switches off.
Whether you are just a casual investigator who attends a few investigations a year or you do it every weekend. It costs money. You have to pay to access a location, public liability insurance, equipment, petrol. Once you have all of your equipment, you would be surprised how many batteries you go through each investigation. While paying to attend a public investigation can sometimes seem costly, it is nothing compared to the cost if you were to try and do it yourself. Either way, you are paying for something.
I suppose it is like anywhere. You are not going to like everyone you meet and it is the same in the paranormal. I guess it seems like it is amplified sometimes. There are limited locations and you have a lot of groups all trying to get into the same location. There is jealously because one group got on the radio while another didn’t. You have to put all this crap aside and just do your own thing. It is easier said than done as the more you become known in the community, the more drama seems to follow.
Depending what kind of investigator you are (whether you focus on sensations, feeling or just using equipment), you will find a lot of nights, stuff doesn’t happen. The stuff that does happen, you could debunk. Many nights I have spent up to 10 hours sitting in dark rooms where not a thing has happened. Not a single light on any piece of equipment has gone off. It can be disheartening and boring but it just makes it so much more exciting when the good stuff really happens.
Lock us up in a dark gaol cell, pop us in a morgue freezer, strap us in a straight jacket in an abandoned mental asylum, we are usually up for pretty much anything all in the name of paranormal. There are some things that we will never speak of but we will goto great lengths to get evidence!
You may think no I won’t. I sure thought that way and it just happened. You are putting yourself out there and you will attract similar energy to yours. You will get a long like a house on fire. Your regular friends probably don’t understand the whole ‘paranormal thing’ so the friendship you have with any paranormal people you meet will actually become quite special.
This is another thread I have discussed before, but in a nutshell, paranormal activity can happen anytime anywhere. We only do it at night for logistical reasons and to be able to run a more controlled investigation. There is no hard and fast rule that says you can’t do it during the day, just know your surroundings so you can take that into account.
The subject of paranormal is a bit taboo sometimes and people automatically assume you must be a bit strange. Reality is that we aren’t. The funny thing is, when you tell someone you are a paranormal investigator, watch people flock to you with their ‘ghost stories’
The word paranormal covers a large range of areas. It is not just ghost hunting. It can extend to other areas such as UFOS, Cryptids, psychic abilities, extra sensory perceptions, extra terrestrial life forms …. basically anything supernatural. You don’t have to be limited to just one. Just have an open mind, it can be pretty ignorant to say yes there is life after death but the though of extra terrestrial life is just silly.
If someone reaches out for help because they are having trouble in our homes, if we can’t help you, we will put you onto someone that will. If you have a question about the paranormal we are really happy to answer. What most of us don’t like however is when you ask us to review your photos and then you get upset if we tell you it isn’t paranormal. It is really frustrating and feels like a kick in the teeth. Don’t ask something if you are not prepared for the truth.
We are are pretty passionate bunch. You have to be to give up your social life, your weekends, your cash and time with your family and friends to sit in a dark cold room on a Saturday night. But we do so very willingly and we absolutely love it. If we come across a bit too full, it is just because we love what we do so very much.
I hope I have shed a little bit of light. We are very approachable people and not the weirdos delegated to the back of the room. We find the beauty in the darkness and most of all we have all found a bit of family in this crazy paranormal world. Jump on board, there is room for everyone!
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