Getting Started

Posted by Serious Paranormal Investigative Society on April 9, 2010 at 9:15 PM


   There are a lot of people out there who after watching shows like Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventurers, Paranormal State, etc. think "I could do that... I will have a career as a paranormal investigator."  Let me clear something up for you-A career? First of all, Paranormal Investigation doesn't pay squat! In fact it is down right expensive. Think about it,  it takes money for gas to go to the investigation, batteries, video and audio tapes, cool shirts and jackets with your group's name on them, and let's not forget the equipment needed to do the investigations. So don't become a paranormal investigator expecting to get rich, because you won't. People become paranormal investigators because  they've had a paranormal experience, and have a passion for finding answers to the unknown.They love to investigate the paranormal. It's like an addiction.

   If you want to take up paranormal investigation as a hobby, then make sure you have a way to pay the bills, such as a job because it's going to take a lot of money.

   Now we'd like to talk about graveyards . It seems logical that ghosts would be found in graveyards , however people don't die in graveyards. Most people are dead for about 3 days before they are buried. We're not saying that graveyards are definitely not haunted, because there are some that are, we're just saying that if you think that because graveyards are full of dead people, then they must be full of ghosts, then think again. Most spirits of the dead who are buried in graveyards move on, not too many hang around in graveyards, I mean, if you were dead and decided that you didn't want to move on just yet, would you want to hang out in a graveyard or would you prefer to hangout where you use to live, work, or with your living family members? Hmmm, not a hard choice for us.

   Most of the time, it is illegal for anyone to be in a graveyard after dark, and just because there is no one living or working in a building, is it ok to trespass on private property without permission from the owner to do an investigation. So to avoid going to jail, we recommend  that you get permission from the owner of the property before you investigate any abandoned building. If you have to do some research to find out who owns the property, than so be it, do it!!

   Since graveyards are out, how do you get started? The best way is to find a friend or relative of someone in your group or of someone that you know who feels like they might have a haunting. This is ideal because you can practice your investigative techniques with out screwing up and upsetting a client. If this is not an option, then find another group in the area and see if they would be willing to let your group shadow them on a few investigations. If you do this, remember that this is their investigation and your group is only a fly on the wall!! Don't interfere!! If that is not an option, then look for a public place where trespassing is not an issue. Also, there are places that allow you to take a "Ghost Tour" for a nominal fee, this is a last resort however because you have to weed out all of the hokie pokie spookie nonsense but at least you can practice on your equipment.

   Yes I said equipment. And what equipment do you need? All you need to get started is a camcorder with night shot or infrared. An additional infrared illuminator that attaches to the top of your camcorder would be very helpful. A audio recorder of any kind will help too, although we use digital voice recorders instead of mini recorders as we find them to be much more clearer sounding on play back. If you buy a tape player, make sure you also buy an external microphone for it.

   A good camera that takes good pictures in dark conditions, although we use a digital camera because we don't have to worry about film development, we can download the media cards to our computers.

   Okay, how do you get your name out there? Do a fantastic job investigating!! If you are professional and down to earth, you're name will spread fast enough and you will build your reputation! Other than that, make a well though out, informative website, one that is professional and not one filled with creepy music, bloody graphics, or skulls flying at you. I mean if you are having a haunting and are already afraid, would you go to a website for help that has all that suff coming at you? I wouldn't!

   So use your common sense, don't' believe everything you hear, use your best judgement, based on your ideals, ideas, take everything reguarding a haunting with a grain of salt, make up your own mind and do all of us paranormal investigators proud!!!

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