Originally written and published March, 2012
Hollyweird, Hollywood, Hookerwood, it has a lot of names, some of which I’ve used, like Hookerwood. Everything and everyone is for sale, just like in ANY industry, but in Tinseltown you gotta hustle. Ask around if I’m right. I am.
In Paranormal Field Entertainment this is true too, and a lot of TV ParaVestigators get blasted for “selling out,” and I don’t think that’s fair, I think it’s a lot of bruised egos talking. For most people Ghost Hunting is a hobby, and everyone knows that the luckiest people are those who get paid to do their hobby.
To be a sell out in any field requires you to 1) have principles and integrity and to 2) subvert those core beliefs, integrity and principles for the sake of a pay check. Believe it or not some TV ParaVestigators do not compromise their integrity for the sake of TV. The problem is the crop of people getting into this field seeking a paycheck who have no real learning in the field, no discipline, no integrity, and no principles beyond their own self interest, self aggrandizement, self importance. I know some of these people, and I don’t associate with them.
Some of the “old guard” are falling into this as well. One man who I know personally has always been top notch in vetting his evidence, in disproving his own pictures, in being a top go to guy to ask questions like “is this flash back,” or “is this shutter stutter.” Now suddenly every orb is a ghost, an obvious camera movement is “string orbs.” Sad.
What I’m saying is: This is a pseudo science that many of us work hard on to bring closer to real science, and it hurts our cause to allow half-baked-nincompoop-sociopathic-narcissists to invade this field because they happen to smell money and will do anything, harm anybody, steal from anybody to get what they want.
In fact these same folks are the ones who will make the paranormal entertainment field earn the moniker “Hookerwood”.