I saw this article in the Beebee News titled “Amateur Ghost Hunters to Gather in Eureka Springs.” That immediately brought the question to mind: there’s such a thing as a professional ghost hunter?
I was not aware of that. What makes someone a professional ghost hunter?
Do they go to school for it? Do they get a degree in it? Are there tests they must pass and certifications they must acquire? Is there yearly continuing education they must obtain like doctors, lawyers, and accountants have to to maintain their degrees and licenses?
Is it the equipment? Do people who shell out thousands of dollars for fancy thermal imagers and IR cameras automatically elevate themselves from amateur ranks to professional?
Is it the time they put in? Those who have been hunting for years have gained valuable experience, but does that alone earn them the title of pro?
Oh, I know what it is! Anyone with a TV show must be a pro! After all, amateurs wouldn’t be given airtime. Riiiiight….
Come on, people. Who are you trying to kid? There is no such thing as a “professional” ghost hunter, just like there’s no such thing as an “expert” ghost hunter. In the end, everybody’s an amateur –some have just been in the game longer than others.
If you consider yourself a professional ghost hunter, do me a favor. No, do yourself a favor. Drop the fancy adjective and just say “ghost hunter” or “paranormal investigator.” Quit trying to impress people. All you’re doing is making those of us who have your number laugh at you and see you as the unprofessional you are.