Paranormal Q&A with Katrina Weidman

Katrina WeidmanWho Are You?

Most people know me as Katrina Weidman from A&E’s Paranormal State, but honestly, I’m just a regular girl who *happens to like* running around in the dark looking for ghosts.

Explain your Methodology?

This is a great question! That being said it is incredibly hard to answer! Everything in the paranormal is based on theory so I can’t say for every A there will be a B. It makes researching and investigating incredibly frustrating at times. What I always try to keep in my mind when working in this field are four things: 1) never assume anything 2) discoveries are made everyday; the Giant Panda was always believed to be somewhat of a mythical creature until the 1860s, why can’t Big Foot exist? 3) work with people you trust, after all you’re relying on their eye witness accounts 4) You have to find a balance between being a believer and a skeptic.

Favorite Haunts?

On Paranormal State we didn’t have many opportunities to go to big locations that are open to the public so it’s sometimes hard for me to list places that other’s in the field should visit. With that being said my favorite haunts are all private residences. The episode entitled “Pet Cemetery” was a favorite because so much of the activity matched up with information we were able to confirm from neighbors and previous owners. It was also a favorite because we went into that case thinking it was a “mom and pop” haunting, we were wrong. This is really the case that made me realize I should never assume anything when working in the paranormal. My other favorite was the episode entitled “The Glove”. This case is incredibly complicated and the experiences range from full body apparitions to levitating furniture. This is also the first time I saw an apparition that I can’t find a reasonable explanation for. That was an incredible moment for me. I will never ever forget that moment.

Personal Experiences?

I don’t even know where to begin with this. I think I’ve experienced just about everything at this point. Voices, psychic moments, apparitions, unexplained scratches, shadows. If you work in this field you have to be prepared to experience anything and everything.

Why did you get into the Paranormal?

Long story short I grew up in haunted houses. Having those experiences growing up left me with a bunch of questions. It was never taboo to talk about it in my family, as we all had our own experiences and fascination with this field, but they were just stories and experiences, there were never any answers. I wanted answers.

Whats next?

I have a few projects I’m working on, but next one is a two hour special for Chiller that airs at 8PM EST on March 11. It’s called “Real Fear: The Truth Behind the Movies”. I absolutely love the concept for this project, exploring the real life stories that inspired horror/supernatural movies. I am a huge horror, and obviously supernatural, movie fan and any time a movie says “based on true events” I will research the real story for weeks! This was a perfect fit for me.

Do you think that paranormal shows gives groups a bad reputation?

I think they can. The great thing about paranormal shows is it’s made the field less taboo and has really exposed a large number of people to the fact that something is going on that science can’t explain. The harmful part of paranormal shows is it gives people a false reality about what really goes on during an investigation and the risks you run working in this field. I’ve met countless people that say they have started their own paranormal group based off of the methods they’ve learned from “Paranormal State”. That terrifies me because it’s a 22 minute show. So much of our work is left on the cutting room floor plus you don’t see the work we do before or after we film one of our cases. The other harmful outcome I’ve seen is that the shows romanticize the field. Yes the field can be fun and you can find a lot of enjoyment working in it, however, you’re dealing with things that no one really knows how to control, furthermore no one really knows what we’re dealing with. I’ve had things follow me home, I’ve met people where this work has destroyed periods of their life. It might sound dramatic, but you can get physically hurt on a case and it can be mentally draining. If you’re looking to get into the field you really have to think about the negative consequences, it’s not always as happy and fun as TV makes it look.

Name some Random Facts about you?

My favorite shows are the ones that are in reruns, I hate waiting for “next week’s episode” I’m too impatient.
I love reading true crime.
I love horror and supernatural type movies/TV shows/books.
My favorite movie is The Wedding Singer.
I played the violin for eight years.
I love the water, but can only swim using doggy paddle.
I have to live near a major city and a coastline, if not I feel claustrophobic.
I’m a huge fan of pranks!
My obsessive side: I have to organize just about everything in alphabetical order, books, movies, magazines, etc. It helps keep me organized.

Are you a skeptic or a believer?

Both, although I prefer the word objective rather than skeptical. I am open minded to everything in this field, whether it be big foot, psychic abilities, demons, etc. I think it’s ignorant to think we have it all figured out and there aren’t any more discoveries to be made. However, I remain objective of personal experiences, whether they be my own or another person’s experience. When I’m talking with a client I’d say 98% of the time I believe they believe they experienced something, however eyewitness accounts are not always accurate and a lot of experiences can be naturally explained. To advance the field, as investigators and researchers, we have to be able to rule out the possibility of natural causes and tricks being played on our senses due to environment or by something internal, it’s part of the job.

Katrina can be found on:
Twitter: twitter.com/katrinaweidman
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Katrina-Weidman-Official/121732354512013

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