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Are Paranormal TV Shows Worth The Paycheck?

When I started to delve further into ghost hunting as a profession in 2008, I was eighteen. At that time, paranormal reality shows were on a steady rise across networks. Because of that, the scent of landing a spot on a show was in the air for everyone. It was something I was hopeful for in the future as a chance to see more locations and have hands-on experience. Over the last decade, shows have come and gone. Some reached extremes to attract viewers and crashed along the way. There are still shows left focusing more on the ghosts again. I still love researching, but my goals have shifted away towards personal projects. The truth is that being on paranormal shows isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and not worth the paycheck.

The Paycheck Isn’t Always Great

The paychecks that many researchers on paranormal shows receive are not enormous, certainly not what you’d expect. And because most networks pay per episode, all the work behind the camera goes unpaid most of the time. Any additional time spent traveling to and from filming locations or publicity events is on your dime. They may pick up the expenses, but not pay extra income. This was the primary reason why I had second thoughts about wanting to be on a show. The other compelling reason was for my privacy, and control of my reputation.

Your Privacy Is At Risk

When on a show, you allow the public to zoom in on you. The more your name is recognized, your privacy slowly disappears. Yes, you can have private social media accounts for close friends and family, but fans will still try to find back doors. Your public accounts can be a way of putting targets on your back if the wrong thing is said. Jokes can interpret out of context, and one post can become a PR nightmare. Sometimes, when it comes to social media, minimal is best when dealing with public affairs. While you can control what you post, what the network editors present on a screen can cause issues on its own.

You Can’t Control How You Appear On Air

The problem that can arise with reality shows is that editors are at work. They need to take hours of video and shrink that down to the final twenty to forty-five-minute cut. Hopefully, the editing process and the final cut cast you in a good light, but it may not always. If a scene is cut short, the audience will rarely know what happened before or after. The network essentially puts ratings first, and what you may feel is important for the audience to see, may not be crucial enough for the final edit. Giving up the ability to control how you may be perceived can be a significant risk.

Be Sure To Weigh Out The Pros and Cons

Now, there are exceptions to the points I mentioned above. It’s rare, but some networks put greed aside and do work with cast members. If you decide to be on a show, have a lawyer go over the contract thoroughly. Talk about what you do and do not want, and make sure any necessary revisions are made to protect yourself. As far as privacy, contracts may cover some aspects, but the public and social media are beasts that change every day. Those beasts, along with the network can significantly impact your reputation. While I understand the appeal of being on a show, take time to weigh out the pros and cons, and decide if the risks are worth it.

Ways of Storing Paranormal Equipment Without Spending A Fortune

How to Find What Storage Works Best for You

When you are looking for ways to store and transport your equipment, there are three major buying points to keep in mind; how much you are willing to spend, making sure that your tools stay safe, and being able to quickly find your equipment. When I was trying to decide which storage to buy, I went through quite a few different options beforefinding a few final choices. Depending on where I will be going and how muchequipment I’ll bring determines which option I use. In this article I’ll go over what I use, and thebenefits as well as drawbacks of each. Here are a few things to keep in mindwhen reading over the options:

  • How much are you willing to spend?
  • Will it allow room in case you purchase more equipment in the future?
  • Does the protection offered match what you need?
  • How comfortable will it be to carry?

Toiletries Bags Are Affordable and Compact

If you have a handful of tools you use for ghost hunting that doesn’t take up much bulk but wish to keep them organized, toiletries bags may becomeyour best friend. They come in a wide variety of sizes and price ranges, so you’re sure to find something you like.Smaller pockets are perfect for storing stones and pendulums, spare batteriesand such, while the larger compartments hold small flashlights, compactcameras, voice recorders, and other smaller devices.

The downside to toiletries bags is that while investigating if you need to carry it around with you, it can tie up one of your hands. The seconddownside is that if your collection of equipment grows, toiletries bags canquickly become too small. If you want something with more storage capabilities,the next step up in size and price is a tackle box.

Tackle Boxes Come in a Variety of Sizes

Tackle boxes were the first storage option I began to use. What I like most about tackle boxes is that they are an affordable storage solution, easy to find, and come in a wide variety of price ranges and sizes for all budgets. One of the best benefits of a tackle box is that there are plenty of compartments, and most of the dividers are adjustable, keeping equipment organized and customized to a layout you like. The tackle box I purchased has six shelves, three on each side that fold down on top of a large compartment on the bottom. This design is not only compact but also allows you to see everything easily. The tools I use the most I put on the top shelves, and the ones I least use on the bottom shelf. Inthe bottom compartment, I store largerelectronics wrapped in bubble wrap for extra protection.

Camera Bags Offer the Most Protection, but Cost More

There are two downsides to tackle boxes to consider; ease of transportation, and the overall protection. Out of three options, tackle boxes can be the most awkward to carry, especially if outdoors where there isn’t a table to place it on. Regarding overall protection, tackle boxes are good for the organization, but the open design inside can allow equipment to jostle, especially if dropped. The next step up regarding price and protection is a camera bag or backpack.

Camera bags and backpacks will offer the most protection out of the three options mentioned in this article, and while they tend to be more expensive, there are lower cost options that don’t sacrifice quality. If you do decide to go with this route, I do recommend lookinginto a camera backpack for a few reasons. Not only do they offer a bit more storagespace, but being able to wear it on your shoulders frees up your hands duringoutdoor investigations, and is more comfortable when walking long distances.

Many camera backpacks will have a main compartment in the middle with padded dividers that can be moved around and secured with Velcro. This allows you to make storage spaces the size you need to fit equipment snugly and maximize space. If you bring laptops or notebooks to investigations, some bags have laptop sleeves built into the bag. One of the bags I have has a built-in rain sleeve for added protection, and if one isn’t included, separate rain covers are available for purchase. If you are you looking for maximum protection and easiest to transport, camera bags are the best option.

Have a Variety Depending on Your Needs

One recommendation I will make is to give yourself a few different options to change out as you investigate. Rarelywill I use the same bag back to back. It all depends on where I’m going and howmuch equipment I’ll bring. When it comes to finding other options for storage, theoptions are endless. Sewing boxes, duffle bags, even messenger bags can allwork. It all depends on your preferences.

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