I have quite a few friends in the paranormal field and something that everyone seems to be lacking are cases. After a while the “thrill” of your local cemeteries really dies down (no pun intended) and you, as an investigator, may want to start handling legitimate cases, with clients, and trying to help people.
Often if you’re in a smaller town this doesn’t have to be too difficult, depending on the number of other teams around you. Your 1 horse town, no team-town, self can typically get a few cases per year. Then there are those that live in the middle, somewhere in between the small and big towns that can’t get any cases. This was something that I had even noticed for my own team. Though we averaged around 12 cases per year this number included anything… cemeteries, friends houses, client-based investigations, and what have you.
We started noticing a big difference when the team began to get involved in local events and putting on its own events. The numbers started to skyrocket. I can tell you that this year alone we’ve handled, as a team, 26 cases. And not bullshit-friends-of-friends-only cases but cases that we were asked to look into. Cases where our reputation had preceded us.
So you may be asking how to get your foot in the door or ideas of things you can get involved it. It’s really quite easy, I mean… you could even take a GUESS and land on an idea. And depending on where you live, a small fee may be involved. But in many cases it’s entirely free.
Speaking engagements at your local libraries.
In my experience, especially around “the season” (Halloween) they WANT you. Libraries have lots of workshops and events just like this and since they are government ran the numbers you and they bring in really helps them to look good. We conducted one last year and it was the highest attended event in their history. In most cases it’s entirely free, but even if it isn’t the fee isn’t that much. I know for me to put on one without their request where I live is only $50 and I get that back after the event itself. The library does everything it can to get people to come to your event, too. They put out flyers, tell their patrons, and in many cases put stories about it in your local newspapers.
Contact local newspapers and online publications.
Yes… this is actually really easy. Many egos in the paranormal field get in the way of achieving some great local feats. Many investigators think the media should come to them but why wait? Go to your local newspapers and see if there is any interest. Most local newspapers and online publications are LOOKING for stories. Also check and see if your area as a patch.com section… I know they’re always looking for stories.
Get involved in local parades.
Cheesy but true. Depending on your area this is entirely free… they’re just happy to have participants. You may have a hard time getting in depending on the season but overall it can be fun for you, your team, and your hometown. Be sure to ask all the questions you can if they agree to let you in. What do you need? What do they recommend? And so on.
Setup booths/tables are other local events.
The city I live in is real big on local events. We have arts and crafts fairs, car shows, and so much more throughout the year. Our parades are attended by nearly 10,000 people (seriously) every year. Contact your local events and see if it’s OK for you to go around, hand out flyers, and talk to locals about what you do. Maybe even setup a booth with some questionnaires, flyers and business cards.
Something else to truly remember about this is… if you really want cases, if you really want to help people, you’ve got to put your inner-shame aside and put your face out there. No more hiding in the dark hoping they quietly come to you. This and the paranormal ego (trademark pending!!!) really get in the way of what being an actual investigator is about.
One last final piece of advice that I hope you got, reading between the lines. Don’t be afraid to ASK. Don’t be afraid to talk to your local event coordinators, libraries, and so on. You may find that there’s a bigger need for what you have to offer than you originally thought. And the worst thing they can do is say no.