Friday, September 21, 2012

Paranormal Profile: Rachel Fine

Rachel Fine and 'Paranormal Paparazzi'
host Aaron Sagers. Property of
ParanormalPopCulture.com
Editor's Note: In an effort to get to know some of the recognized and respected people within Paranormal Pop Culture, we're launching the frequent column "Paranormal Profile," which allows these folks the opportunity to introduce themselves to you, in their own words.

This week we'll introduce you to Rachel Fine, one of the reporters on Travel Channel's Paranormal Paparazzi - premiering Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

Rachel Fine's time to shine

When Aaron Sagers asked me to introduce myself to you guys, I wasn’t sure where to start. I have, like, a million jobs. If you’re a Stern fan, you probably know me as the host of  "Fine Time” on HowardTV. If you’re a music fan, particularly in the genre of down-tempo neo-soul and trip-hop blends, you may have heard my album. If you’re an avid reader of The Huffington Post, perhaps you read my articles on wedding preparation disasters. And if you speak German, maybe you can tell me what the heck this says.

Here’s the point: I need a nap. But if there’s one thing to wake up for, it’s exploring the paranormal.

Let me back up. By "exploring the paranormal" (up to this point in my life), that pretty much meant obsessively watching every TV show dedicated to the topic - especially Ancient Aliens. So when I got the call from Paranormal Paparazzi bosses Zak Bagans and Aaron Sagers asking me to actually do the research, I sort of did backflips.

Now, when it comes to my personal beliefs on the topic, I’d classify myself as an "enthusiastically hopeful skeptic."  But I did have one experience years ago that puts me a bit closer to the "believer" end of the spectrum. I should probably share.

About five years ago, my friends and I spent the night at a colleague’s ranch in Texas. I woke up around 4 a.m. to the overwhelming sensation of someone leaning over me in bed, staring at me intensely. I didn’t want to open my eyes because I thought it was the homeowner (all that ran through my mind was "what a perv! I can’t believe he’s spying on me in bed!"). I felt the person back away and walk towards the door. I snuck a peak - no one was there.

I sat up in bed debating whether or not I’d been dreaming (I know I wasn’t! You can feel the electricity when someone’s behind you!) and as I sat there, I realized in disbelief that I was watching two shadows move through a silent, repetitive scene in front of me. I didn’t understand what I was seeing, but I knew it was happening. The next morning, two friends staying in other rooms of the house shyly admitted they’d had similar things happen. I never quite knew what to make of the whole experience, but I knew I was privy to something unexplainable.

I went into Paranormal Paparazzi with the driven exuberance of a green reporter, eager to capture and share the truth with the world. And while I don’t want to give anything away, I can honestly tell you I had experiences that were life changing. And it was all I could do to steady my hands, make sure my equipment was recording and do the best job I could showing you exactly what was happening.

I think you guys are going to like Paranormal Paparazzi. We do a lot of digging, we do a bit of paranormal celebrity gossiping, and we have a ridiculous amount of fun. I hope you tell every single person you’ve ever met in your entire life to tune in. Or I will personally come haunt you after I kick it.

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