This is the last bit of my interview with Joe Mahlstede is paranormal investigator with North Bay RIP. You can read the first part of the interview right here.
|Abandoned Mine in Bodie, California|
How long had your team thought about doing this project before you all finally made the jump?
We actually never thought of doing the project at all. We were approached by Gloria Young an investigator with over 20 years experience in the paranormal field. She had made a few documentaries on Tombstone, Arizona, Preston Castle in Ione, and The Ghosts of Virginia City, Nevada. She was interested in doing this project, had interviewed a few other groups, and ultimately chose us.
What was the final push that made your team decide to take the plunge and start your own web series?
Originally when Gloria approached us, it was because she had a potential deal with a major network for a series. That deal didn't come to fruition and we refused to let the project die, hence the web series.
What has surprised you most about the experience?
I would have to say the amount of time and energy that goes in to the creation of a web series. It's much more than the time already spent on just a normal investigation. For instance, on our last location shoot we filmed for 22 hours straight!
|Mackay Mansion in Virginia City|
Has this project opened any unexpected doors for you? If so, tell me about it.
It has in the sense that I'm getting to travel a lot more, we've been given exclusive access in to some places that not just anybody can get into, and some very huge opportunities are on the horizon for us, I'm just not at liberty to say as of yet!
How does this project fit in with your “day job”.
It's been tough. I actually have two jobs at the moment, one for Central Valley Builders Supply which is my Monday-Friday, and I also work part time for The Uptown Theater as a bartender/usher. Our investigations are mostly scheduled on the weekend, since there are others in the group with 9 to 5 jobs, it also so that works out nicely. As far as Uptown, our schedule is on a volunteer basis so I just let them know what shows I'm available to work. I usually have enough advance notice for it not to be a problem other than missing out on making money!
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