Interview with Marty Schiff

Today I’m welcoming actor and producer, Marty Schiff. Thank you, Marty for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Well… I don’t really know where to start. I’ve had a pretty interesting life… much of it is public knowledge. I have been focused on a career in entertainment since I was 10 years old. I started doing regional theater when I was 14. Sometimes working on three shows at a time, acting, building sets and rehearsing was common for me. By the time I was 20 I had already done two dozen shows in some capacity. Some things that are not as public are: I was a volunteer fireman for many years. I learned to drive a stick on a 1956 American La France fire truck. I have two wonderful children, both who have interests in production. My daughter works as a Production Manager for PBS and my son is finishing up college. I’ve survived some pretty serious health issues…. and you’d never know it. As the song says…”ain’t found a way to kill me yet”.

 

 

What was the initial spark that inspired you to go into the film industry?

I think, and believe, it was in my DNA. I was a TV junkie at a very early age. I can still tell you what was on the air on Saturday mornings in Pittsburgh during the early 60s. It started with a test pattern. My family was also very into going to movies. I was never a noisy child in a dark theater. My grandmother would take me to the Warner Theater on Fifth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh nearly every Saturday. Drive-ins were big for my parents and siblings.

When I was 12 my father gave me a Kodak Brownie 8 mm movie camera. I shot hundreds of hours of film… most lost in the Northridge Earthquake in 1994. But it was my joy at a very early age. Again, without any formal training I knew how to set up shots, light, direct and edit short films. I was always daydreaming about shooting something and never paid attention much in school. My imagination was… and still is… off the hook. My goal was always to get to Hollywood… and did just that after getting my theater degree at the age of 23.

There is a very real possibility that a past life connected me to Hollywood. When I moved there in 1979 it felt extremely comfortable… not many people say that about Los Angeles… and I knew my way around without maps. I have a particular fondness for The Hollywood Cemetery and used to take my daughter there for “Picnics with the Demilles”… next to Cecil and Agnes DeMille’s burial plot.

 

 

Some of your earlier work include great titles such as Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow. What are some of the other films that you’ve worked on?

I think the one film I’m remembered most for is CREEPSHOW but my favorite film to work on, also a Romero work, was KNIGHTRIDER. It’s a non horror film but still great. Some lesser known are CHILDERN OF THE LIVIND DEAD and PARTY ANIMAL. I also worked on BLANKMAN, CAN YOU FEEL ME DANCING, THE ASSASINATION FILE and others.

As an actor my career was very heavy in television. Most people don’t realize how many times they’ve seen me in commercials and shows from the 80s and 90s. I’m very proud of OUT OF CONTROL which was Nickelodeon’s very first show they produced for themselves. Until then they had been buying shows produced for other networks. We started it all. OUT OF CONTROL starred Dave Coulier who would go on to do FULL HOUSE. OUT OF CONTROL had an ensemble cast that I loved. It was still the most fun I ever had going to work. A close second was the two seasons I spent on DALLAS. I did many shows and still get residual checks for 12 cents when one of those shows runs somewhere in the world.

 

 

What’s your favorite role you’ve ever played and why?

In film it was probably Trashman 1 in CREEPSHOW. It was so much fun making most of that performance up. Of course working with George Romero is always a treat and acting alongside my on screen partner Tom Savini is always a blast. We’ve been partners on screen 5 times. (DAWN OF THE DEAD, KNIGHTRIDERS, CREEPSHOW, EFFECTS, CHILDREN OF THE LIVING DEAD)

On TV it was HERN from OUT OF CONTROL. We had a lot of creative freedom with that show and my fellow cast members, directors and producers were just awesome to work with. An actor’s dream come true. If you search the show on Youtube there are many episodes there.

 

 

You have your very own production company called, SCHIFF MEDIA. Tell us about that.

Schiff Media was one of the first all digital production companies in the Pittsburgh region. It was started by my brother Bill and I with four XL1s and Final Cut Pro 2… we were early adapters. We did lots of commercials, a documentary or two and some special projects. We had a studio set up in the back of Schiff Printing Company and it was a lot of fun. I would move on to other projects and a new company called Jeffrey Martin Global Media. JMGM is more of a distribution company but we still do production from time to time. Recently, we produced a pilot for TV called THE ODDS… focusing on gambling.

 

 

What’s next for Marty Schiff?

I have some shows I’d like to get off the ground. A few game shows, some magazine shows and a film or two. I’m teaching directing for the Cinema Department at Point Park University, where I graduated from way back in the 20th century. I have some interests in non production businesses and I might even slow down a bit… no… that’s a lie… I’m happy working… I will sleep when I’m dead.

 

 

How can fans follow you and your updates about current and upcoming projects?

Fans can find me on Facebook and if they are professionals on LinkedIn. If they are interested in the film program at Point Park I’m always available to discuss that.

 

 

Words of advice for those who’d like to follow in your footsteps?

It’s not easy… but so worth it… and obviously not impossible. The key to success isn’t so much talent as perseverance, practice, commitment and believing in you. And … most importantly… be passionate about it.. live it… breathe it… love it. Never give up, make interesting and smart choices and be brilliant.

 

 

 

Marty Schiff

Interview with Linda Howe

Today I’m welcoming author and spiritual teacher, Linda Howe. Thank you, Linda for stopping by!

 

Sheila ~ Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Linda ~ When I was 6, and then when I was 24, I had intense spiritual experiences, when I understood—with every particle of my being—the Oneness of all. I began exploring my Path by investigating religions and experimenting with all things “spiritual,” including classic core shamanism, divinatory arts, and various methods of prayer and meditation.     

 

Then, 22 years ago, I encountered the Akashic Records—and felt like I had “come home.” Two years, and at least 1500 readings later, I was guided to begin teaching with the blessing of my human teacher. In September 2001, with guidance from the Records, I created the Pathway Prayer Process©, a simple method anyone can use to access the heart of the Akashic Records and have a more conscious relationship with your soul. Now, the Records are no longer reserved for the elite few, but, for the first time in history, are available to all!

 

I founded the Linda Howe Center for Akashic Studies in Chicago in 2001 to share my groundbreaking methods for systematically, reliably accessing the Records for personal empowerment, consciousness development, and expanded spiritual awareness. Today I provide training through live and online classes (CEU’s and credits are available), an on-demand program, coaching sessions, personal consultations, and my books and CD’s. In 2015, I earned my Doctorate in Spiritual Studies—Akashic Records, being the first person ever to hold such a degree.

 

In April, I was brought full circle, again impressed by our global Oneness, during a thrilling month-long teaching tour of China. It is my joy to work with all who seek transformation and enlightenment in this lifetime!

 

 

Sheila ~ You’re the leader in the field of Akashic Studies. Tell us, what are the Akashic Records?

Linda ~ The Akashic Record is a vibrational archive of every soul and its human journey through time and space. Each set of Records is made up of two distinct parts: the energetic blueprint of the soul—outlining Divine Potential—and the catalogue of lifetimes experienced by a human being who is awakening to this blueprint and growing into Divine Potential, one lifetime at a time. I like to think of the Records as the “Cosmic Chronicles of You.” Essentially a spiritual resource, one need not be psychic to engage the Akasha or to benefit from the Akashic Atmosphere of infinite kindness, respect, and appreciation.

The Records have been recognized as an informational reservoir of insight, guidance, wisdom, and healing from the past, present, and future. More recently, many find working in the Records amplifies their efforts in other systems and disciplines, including therapeutic counseling, bodywork, hands-on energy work, artistic pursuits, and even business. In this sanctuary of infinite wisdom and compassion, the compelling truths living in the heart of our soul rise to the surface for us to recognize and implement in our everyday lives, facilitating an effective transition to leading a consciously soul-led life with its infinite satisfactions.  

 

 

 

Sheila ~ On your website http://akashicstudies.com/ you discuss the types of classes people can take with you. What are some of the things that your students may learn by attending these sessions?

Linda ~ My primary purpose in sharing my work with others is to empower us to meet our natural spiritual longings. The particulars of this vary with each unique individual, but some of the common threads weaving us together are identifiable. Students report an improved awareness of the love latent in every ordinary situation, increased willingness to extend kindness and respect to others—even to those we don’t understand—and greater courage to take consistent actions to manifest the deepest desires of the heart.  

 

 

Sheila ~ You’re the author of Discover Your Soul’s Path Through the Akashic Records: Taking Your Life from Ordinary to ExtraOrdinary, also Healing Through the Akashic Records: Using the Power of Your Sacred Wounds to Discover Your Soul’s Perfection, and How to Read the Akashic Records: Accessing the Archive of the Soul and Its Journey. Can you give us a brief description of what your books are about and where can readers purchase them?

Linda ~ All three books/CD’s are available through Amazon.

Discover Your Soul’s Path Through the Akashic Records: Taking Your Life from Ordinary to ExtraOrdinary (Hay House, 2015). This book is for searchers who know there is more to life—those who would like to identify their soul’s true path and to contribute more meaningfully in the world. In these pages, I reveal how to effectively make the shift from ordinary to ExtraOrdinary living—suffused with purpose, aliveness, and light—through the Akashic Records.

By learning to access the dimension of the Records, readers will gain insight into their earthly experiences and discover how to transform their lives into ones that radiate light and magnetize good. I share my very accessible and student-tested processes designed to facilitate awakening to true identity and soul’s destiny. I invite readers to explore the essential consciousness concepts of the Records, excavate the obstructing beliefs on their paths, and learn how to realign to the soul’s highest purposes.

Healing Through the Akashic Records: Using the Power of Your Sacred Wounds to Discover Your Soul’s Perfection (Sounds True, 2011). Second edition to be released in June!

Imagine opening a book that told the story of your life—and suddenly you realized that the painful parts held the key to knowing yourself as completely whole, well, and good. As many of my students have found, this is the transformative process that we can experience in the Akashic Records, an energetic archive of the soul and its journey. With the Healing Through the Akashic Records book and companion CD set, I share how we can use our wounds—the limiting behaviors or ideas that we hold about ourselves—as a path to inner peace.

Although our healing work takes place in the spiritual realm, this process involves clarifying our difficulties, gaining insights into them, and arriving at real-world solutions that we can bring into our everyday lives. I reveal my unique three-step process that can be used to tap into this infinite resource. Readers are invited to gain a soul-level perspective on their wounds and unlock their potential for growth by exploring:

  • How to access the Akashic Records using the Pathway Prayer Process©
  • Tips for identifying their primary sacred wound—the hurtful event, person, or circumstance that is holding you back
  • Strategies for liberating themselves from old ideas and limiting patterns
  • Tools for making choices aligned with their most authentic self for their highest good
  • Three ways to activate the “Ascension Matrix” to help them realize their hopes and dreams

How to Read the Akashic Records: Accessing the Archive of the Souls and Its Journey (Sounds True, 2009)

For thousands of years, mystics, masters, and sages from various world traditions have read the Akashic Records.  Once reserved for a “spiritually gifted” few, this infinite source of wisdom and healing energy is now available for readers everywhere, to answer questions big and small. How can I find freedom from my past? What are my life purposes? With How to Read the Akashic Records, I offered the first book of its kind to help navigate these timeless “Records of the Soul.” In these pages, I teach the reader:

  • The Pathway Prayer Process—a “password” for admittance into the Records
  • How to work with your “MTLOs”—Masters, Teachers, and Loved Ones—for assistance within the Records
  • Insightful tips to glean the most critical information, whether you’re reading for yourself, other individuals, or even your pet

The time has come for us to be empowered, to be our own spiritual authorities, and to access the illuminating, rich source of the Records directly. And that is why I wrote this first book!

 

 

Sheila ~ You’ve just returned from teaching in China. What was that like?

Linda ~ Over the past 40+ years on the Path, I’ve repeatedly experienced the multi-dimensional, multi-directional reality of being one with the whole of creation. Throughout this Akashic Adventure, I was haunted by this stunning pearl of truth. We really are One.

 

From the moment of my arrival, I felt “at home.” All the years of negative political propaganda in my back pocket dissolved in the loving presence of the infinitely gracious Chinese people. It was deeply moving and emotional for me as I met one awakening soul after another, sharing a stunning awareness of our immutable, indivisible, intimate, and infinite connection.

 

 

Sheila ~ You offer personal consultations/readings. What kind of services do you provide and how can someone schedule an appointment?

Linda ~ I offer three types of consultations. All are confidential, of course. Appointments can be scheduled at http://lindahowe.com/personal-consultations/

Personal Consultations/Readings

The primary experience of being in the Akashic Record is one of being both known and loved. Being in the richness of the Record can help us in every area of life, from creative endeavors to relationships of every variety. Being in this non-judgmental dimension fosters greater loving, compassion, and harmony with life. For some of us, there is a dramatic shift in the senses and sensations, but for most of us, it is much more subtle. A combination of clarity, emotional stillness, and illumination characterize this dimension. Most people prepare a list of questions for a Reading, covering the main areas of their lives: health, work, relationships, and so on.

Our purpose together in an Akashic Records Consultation (also called a Reading) is to explore who you are and the issues you face in this life, from the perspective of your soul, a chance to be seen and known in the Light of truth and love. Glimpsing our present-day life from the altitude of the Akasha, activates the infinite love within, accelerating our ability to love ourselves unconditionally. We begin with the Pathway Prayer©, some parts of which are said out loud, and some silently. The Pathway Prayer Process© provides a reliable and deliberate way to move into and access the consciousness of the Record responsibly, in a disciplined, conscious manner. Readings generally last 60 minutes.

Akashic Coaching Through the Akashic Records with Dr. Linda Howe:
Spiritual Guidance for Worldly Success

Coaching may be scheduled as a single one-hour session, but the three-session package is recommended. One-on-one Spiritual Guidance for Worldly Success Coaching can make a world of difference. Over a three-session series, you can:

  • See yourself and the challenges you face from the perspective of your soul. Identify the difficulties and solutions through the eyes of Light and Love.
  • Explore the connection between your human talents, abilities, and accomplishments and your soul’s purposes so that you can consciously live your destiny.
  • Examine the relationship between your values and your contribution to the world.
  • Enhance the partnership between your heartfelt values and your natural abilities, liberating you to be your most authentic self in the world!

Akashic Coaching includes a free copy of “Living the Heart of Light” mp3 class.

Certification Classes with Dr. Linda Howe, One-on-One

In addition to classes being offered in-person, on-line, and on-demand, each of the five Core Class Certifications can be completed as three one-on-one telephone sessions:

  1. Practitioner Certification
  2. Advanced Practitioner Certification
  3. Healing Through the Akashic Records Certification
  4. Discover Your Soul’s Path Certification
  5. Manifesting Your Soul’s Purposes Certification

 

 

 

Sheila ~ What’s next for Dr. Linda Howe?

Linda ~ I have two more teaching trips scheduled for China this year, and four for 2017. I love to travel and experience new cultures and am exploring additional international destinations. Here in the U.S., I continue to offer in-person and online classes, as well as an on-demand format.

 

 

Sheila ~ Any positive words of advice you’d like to share?

Linda ~ This is a lifetime like no other!  Each one of us is here with unique gifts, talents, and abilities to share. This is the opportunity of lifetimes to step up, give more, love more, and let your soul take the lead! You are the only “you” that will ever exist—and who you are as a person is the ideal human being to bring your soul’s purposes to life!  

 

 

Linda Howe’s Media Links:

 

https://www.facebook.com/Linda-Howe-191613614509/

https://twitter.com/akashicstudies

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindahowe1

 

 

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Interview with Deb Lloyd

Today I’m welcoming Reiki Master and author, Deb Lloyd. Thank you, Deb for stopping by!

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was raised on a farm in northern Indiana, the oldest of nine children. At the age of three years, I was stricken with polio. After surgeries and years of physical therapy, I continued to walk with a pronounced limp, but overall, did quite well, married and had two children. While raising young children, I went to college and eventually obtained a Master of Social Work degree. Currently, I work as a hospice social worker in Asheville, NC.
Additionally, I provide Reiki sessions and trainings – and have written a book.

 

 

How did you get into Reiki and what made you want to become a Reiki Master?

In the 1990’s, I started to experience chronic fatigue as a result of post-polio syndrome. I saw a physician who specialized in post-polio syndrome; he prescribed a low-dose medication and it helped a little. Several years later, a coworker told me about Reiki. I was skeptical at first, but after thinking about it more, I decided I had nothing to lose. Truly, during my first session, I felt the fatigue lifting from my body. I have not experienced that level of fatigue again – that was 15 years ago!
My husband and I attended our first Reiki class a few months later. Initially, my focus was improving my energy levels and my physical body. Not only did the fatigue lift, but my legs became stronger and my limp less pronounced. Then, I started to give Reiki to family members and friends. As time went on, I felt called to become a Reiki Master and teach others this healing modality.

 

 

Can you help us to better understand what exactly is Reiki?

Reiki is an energy healing modality. Our belief is that the practitioner is a channel for the Universal Life Force Energy, bringing loving energies through our hands into the receiver’s being. What is different about Reiki is that the Universe guides the energies, not the practitioner. The healing may occur in the physical, mental/emotional and spiritual aspects of a person. Through Reiki, I have learned how powerful the mind/body/spirit connection is. For example, part of my healing was dealing with the emotional impact of polio – although I thought I’d done enough work on the emotional impact of my childhood disease…. but there were still deep-rooted perceptions and feelings that needed further healing.

 

 

Tell us about the services you provide.

I provide a variety of services now, from in-person one-hour sessions through all levels of Reiki training, including Reiki Master training. Additionally, I provide distance healing sessions; this is possible because the Universal Life Force Energy has no limitations. I begin and finish these sessions with brief phone calls, to explain the method and answer any questions a client may have.

One of the blessings in my work is that my intuitive abilities have grown over the years. Combining these abilities with my counseling background, I now offer a Spiritual Counseling component. Clients can add on time for spiritual counseling, after the Reiki treatment ends.

 

 

How can people contact you for a Reiki session?

The easiest way to reach me is to email me at deb@deblloydhealing.com. For more information, please see my website, http://www.deblloydhealing.com.

 

 

You’re also the author of Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. What’s your book about and how can readers get their very own copy?

Ridding my body of chronic fatigue was just the beginning. Reiki led me to explore other alternative healing modalities, including practicing yoga, connecting with a psychic medium, and working with a shamanic intuitive healer. It’s been quite an amazing healing journey, where I also learned important life lessons along the way. This journey is detailed in my book. The book is available on major bookselling websites, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, in both paperback and ebook formats. It can also be ordered through a local bookstore. And, for an autographed copy, you may order directly from my website.

 

 

On your website http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, you discuss your upcoming workshops and trainings. What can people learn by attending these events?

Most of my trainings are teaching others how to do Reiki. I also enjoy doing presentations at local festivals; the topics vary from Learning about the Archangels, to Working with Colors, to Chakras and the Healing Process. One of the wonderful things about Reiki is that it leads you to study the many ways a person can understand energy better to manifest one’s own healing journey.

 

 

What’s next for Deb Lloyd?

It seems I am writing more and more! I am now a regular contributor to Reiki Rays, an informative website focused on Reiki. Check it out – it is an international, information-filled website. I truly enjoy reading all the articles about Reiki and how it is expressed and practiced in different cultures around the world. Recently, the Reiki Rays creators published a book, where five of us authors answered questions about Reiki. The book is called Reiki 101 – 101 Answers for Your Reiki Questions. It is in electronic form and available through amazon.com.

I remain passionate about sharing Reiki and see no end in sight for offering sessions and trainings!

 

 

Any words of wisdom you’d care to share?

The most important message I try to convey is this: Healing is possible for everyone; everything can be healed. Ask for healing, and listen for guidance – the right modality, book, practitioner or whatever your next step should be, will be revealed to you. Trust your wisdom and say yes to the invitation – and you will find the healing you desire in your life.

 

Deb Lloyd’s media links:  www.deblloydhealing.com – website
                                       deb@deblloydhealing.com – email
                                      https://twitter.com/deblloydhealing
                                      https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing/

 

 

 

Deb Lloyd

 

 

 

Interview with Aaron Hunter

Today I’m welcoming Aaron Hunter, producer of the hit show, Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast. Thank you, Aaron for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

“Sure, my profession is in the IT Industry and I support Financial Solution Software that have been developed “in house” at these tech companies in Chicago. I live in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. I have been here for 12 years. It’s funny about life and it’s true how the saying goes, what you do in college may not end up what you’ll be doing. I wanted to be an artist and a writer of fine novels! So, my first two years I took a lot of artsy courses. Including writing and ancient history. Then I started taking more history courses. I was fascinated about our human history! Now at this point I started to doubt my interest in writing fine novels and painting exotic beautiful women! At this point though I was playing a lot of video games. You see, my father was a Systems Engineer with IBM and he bought me my first computer back in the mid 80’s around 13 (dating myself). And that is when I started programming in Basic. I was enjoying this machine. So, back to college and my gaming habits. I soon realized that I could combine my love for being an artist and technology! Become a 3D Computer Animator! And also at the same time I didn’t think a scholar with a background in history would allow me to go where I wanted to go in the world. Third year I made my major to be 3D Animation and Graphics. This was hot stuff back then like it is now! Everyone wanted to make the next hot game or make movies. I didn’t care. I would do either, because this stuff was fun. One thing….. colleges never tell you HOW to get the job. So, after graduation I found out us computer graphic guys needed Agents. And at that time there were very little animation houses. Most were out in California. Like Electronic Arts. AND seeing as you didn’t have a good professional portfolio you normally were paid much lower wages, shorter contract time and did simple modeling, texturing or made a ball bounce. Just really amateur. And of course the pros that has been in it for years that had the six figure salary and longer contracts were not just going to move out of your way. So, I think it was three years that went by and I was working temp jobs. And then I saw this entry level tech position at this large corporation. I applied and the interview went well. They liked my background in computers and early programming. I got it! Not a bad starting salary either for Chicago area. And I was to learn their new piece of software that they were developing. I was housed at their corporate office and rubbing shoulders with the VPs and President. They had classrooms that I went to learn the software. And that’s how my dream died and started my new career! Funny how things work out. I liked the money and benefits though. Oh, I’m a Foody. I like trying new foods. I really like food from India and Poland. I also love to travel and just get lost. Movies are one of my vices as well.”

 

 

Why the paranormal and what was the driving force behind creating your own show, Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast?

“Well, here’s long story number two! Let’s make this clear. I never had any belief in the paranormal or supernatural due to my background, obviously. It doesn’t make sense. Things moving around in thin air. Wizardry, Sorcery and magical stuff, man! So, I met this woman and it was a long distance relationship. I would fly out of Chicago to Minneapolis and vise versa. Round trip was only $114 and it was an hour trip one way. Very doable, adventurous and fun! We had a great time! And she rented this two-story Farmhouse out in the country. Very peaceful that sat on a large lot of land. It has this large fast flowing creek or small river going through the front lawn. You could fish in it. And a wooded area behind the home. I saw the stars for the first time in many years. I was always in populated areas if I traveled for business. I was also amazed at how freaking dark it was out there! So, when I visited and if we stayed at her place (sometimes we would travel to a festival nearby) it would be over the weekend or sometimes I would take a couple days off and stay for four days. All wood floors. It had a big unfinished basement and with these dark Cherry Wood paneled walls, beautiful! The thing is when the first few times I started coming over she began to tell me these “stories” about the house. She’s lived there for around a year and half before I came around. Anywhere from a male voice to footsteps upstairs to one of the owners seeing what they thought was their dead brother walking behind the house. At first it concerned me. She’s nuts! Then I just blew it off, because she is more educated than I am with her Masters. She was in the Army and is now a state agent. A Cop. So, there might be some truth to these things or she is doing a psych test on me. Cops are crafty that way! I ended up getting laid-off in 2010 with this whole financial turmoil the country was in and decided to stay out there while looking for a job. Never stayed out there for as long as I was about to. After about three-weeks to a month “things” started happening. Just loud noises in the middle of the day or at night. One night there was a “crash” downstairs so I went to look and door to the home was wide open! I bolt lock that thing every night, because it’s more dangerous out there than in Chicago. In Chicago I’m in a secure building in a good area. People everywhere. Out there, however it’s a different story. So, I’m doing these experiments to try to figure out what’s going on. And it seemed to be escalating! At one point (even though I had no proof) I thought that perhaps this house was unstable. Ha! I think it was the fourth event that really shook me and I left the next day to speak with my father about it and I wasn’t about to stay there. I’ll leave it at that, because there is a lot going on here. I tell the whole story in great detail at the show site. It’s Episode 42 and it’s two and a half hours long. We’ll get to all that information further down. So, I became FASCINATED with the paranormal. In Sept of that year (2010) I went back to Chicago, because I landed a job. And every since 2010 I’ve been reading and researching everything I can get my hands on about the paranormal. I already knew there is a lot of false claims, but I’m pretty good at catching them. I’m an academic. I don’t go looking for these things. I just research. And man there are some nasty stuff you can find, but they are pretty rare. There is a reason people don’t see these things or die without ever experiencing anything. My girlfriend and I split in 2012 and I continued on. I began getting into these files called “Podcasts”. Basically a MP3 file, but Apple started to provide a way for people to submit their own MP3 file and sell them or give them away. What happened is people just bought a mic and started recording what they wanted to talk about and also other things. Homemade Radio Shows! In January of 2015 my tech friend Brit and I sat down and started talking about making a little info type of show on the paranormal. Perhaps, ask people if they had any experiences and if they would send them in for us to read. So, we bought some equipment. Got the website established. Got some stock music. And KA-POW! Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast (RPA) was born! We are now in Season 2!”

 

 

What are your beliefs regarding the paranormal?

“I answered some of that on the above question, but I firmly believe people won’t talk about it because it’s crazy stuff and they can’t even prove what they experienced or thought they experienced. And that’s one of the main reasons of the creation of the show. To provide an outlet for people. To provide answers. To provide a “family” of sorts. To provide perhaps some sort of therapy? So, we’ve had a GREAT response with the show’s fans. They ask for help. And sometimes thanks us for reading their story, because it helped them. I also believe as I said in the previous question you may not find anything. And most things can be debunked, but then again…. some things DO happen. I know that myself. If I never sat foot into that crazy house I would still be laughing at people instead of trying to provide an outlet. Be the solution not the problem, man! I do laugh at the paranormal shows. It’s entertainment. One thing. I would have the lights on to get clear video and to see where you’re going. Trust me. These things are not scared of lights. Things happened at the house during the day. And if they are afraid of light. We’ll there’s your solution. Always have light inside your home. Ha!”

 

 

What kind of guests do you have on your show? 

“Wow, good question. All kinds from professionals to non-professionals that have experienced something. We have Psychics, Mediums, Empaths, Investigators, Authors and even a guy who produced a paranormal movie. And you have your own episode on the show as well. Episode 18 where we speak about your book. I had fun by the way. You were very easy to speak to!”

 

 

Care to tell us one of the scariest ghost stories shared by a guest?

“In another interview I was asked that and it stumped me, because I’ve been reading stories and books since 2010. So many! Since then I thought about it just in case I was asked that question again. There was this family that moved into a Farmhouse. What’s with these farmhouses? Anyway it was the father, mother and daughter. And that first night the daughter woke up to a scream and talking from her parent’s room. The next day she asked about it and nothing much was said. The daughter always had an odd feeling about her parents room. As time went on the parents divorced and the daughter went with her mother to live. The father stayed in the house. When the daughter would stay at her father’s house. She would stay at her parents old bedroom. She felt scared and moody while in that room. Finally she decided to ask her mother what happened that first night when they stayed there. Her mother told her she woke up and felt being watched. Moonlight streamed in through the windows. She glanced around the room. Something was wrong. Her eyes fell upon the open closet door. Inside the closet…swinging back and forth was a hanging man! Neck broken to the side with these eyes glaring right at her. She then screamed and woke-up her husband. She told her husband what she saw and they soon started arguing, because the father didn’t believe in such junk!

 

 

Where can listeners find your show, Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast? And what is the show’s schedule?

“Oh man, we’re all over the place now! Two places we would recommend. First, use your mobile device and use a podcast app. Then do a search for us and then you can download the episodes for free. And listen to us anywhere! Second, go to the website at www.RealParanormalActivity.com . We release a new episode every Monday! And also throughout the year we do bonus episodes for Christmas, Halloween or when I may mess up and be late for a Monday release. So, I do my best to make it up to you guys. Because without our audience we wouldn’t have a show. Just talking to air. And we’re flattered that we even have fans, because we’re no one. Thanks for listening guys!”

 

 

What would you say to a non-believer if they were to question you about the paranormal?

“That’s good! You should question me, because what I just told you is crazy. And you questioning me means that you are a logical and critical thinker!”

 

 

What’s next for Aaron Hunter and Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast?

“Secret plans to take out the competition! No, we are expanding onto other networks and into other market places. So, we will continue to do that and grow the show. Brit and I have talked about adding a new section to the show. Something a little different. Nothing will change with the current show. Just additional content. I also spoke about a idea that I think is really amazing back earlier this year. And I said I thought it would be implemented sometime in March. That time has passed and life keeps us busy. We are still very interested in doing it, but need to speak with another party. I think it’s something no other podcast has done and we like that. Don’t keep doing the same stuff guys! Be creative and take the complaints. People will come around if it’s truly a good idea. And there is a reason I’m being very vague. Don’t want to give away too much.”

 

 

Any words of wisdom you’d care to share?

“Be kind.”

 

 

 

 

 

National Paranormal Day

Hey, hey, hey all you paranormal peeps! Today is May 3rd and it has been brought to my attention that today is also known as National Paranormal Day (an unofficial National holiday). However, the origin of this spooky day is unknown….. BUT…. go out there and continue to investigate those ghostly haunts, supernatural specters and anything else that goes bump in the night!

If it makes your skin crawl and those tiny, little hairs on the back of your neck stand up…. even if it’s not scary, if you have a paranormal tale that’s rather uplifting and positive, then I wanna hear about it and so does everyone else. We wanna know your ghost story! Don’t be afraid…. share! 😉

 

Happy National Paranormal Day all you beautiful people!

 

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