Modern television has diverse programming that caters to the various niche interests of its wide array of viewers. For those whose interests are in the supernatural, television personality Zak Bagans has dedicated himself to produce content, both television shows and movies, that meet the demands of those wanting to know more about ghosts and paranormal activity.
Thanks to the dedication and quality of work he has produced exploring the paranormal, Bagans has built a successful career and is one of the foremost personalities on the subject. He has put his life on the line by living in some of the world’s most haunted houses and filmed in historically sketchy locations. Here is a look at how he started his journey into paranormal investigations, along with his career as a TV personality and how his family has supported him.
How Zak Bagans Became a Paranormal Investigator
There is nothing about Zak Bagans’s background that suggests he was destined for a life of investigating ghosts. Born on the 5th of April 1977 in Washington DC, Zak grew up in a middle-class family that consisted of a mother who worked as an interior designer. His parents got divorced when he was young but that did not stop him from having a normal childhood by American standards.
Zak had a high school education and spent some time in college before dropping out in pursuit of filmmaking education at the Motion Picture Institute (MPI) of Michigan. Following the completion of his education at MPI, he headed to Las Vegas to begin a career as a documentary filmmaker.
Things, however, did not go smoothly for Zak Bagans as he struggled to gain a foothold in the profession. To make ends meet, he did various menial jobs and also worked as a wedding DJ. His eventual turn to the paranormal came after he had an encounter with the supposed spirit of a suicidal woman. The experience transformed his opinion of reality, and thus launched his unquenchable curiosity about paranormal activity and the unknown.
Combining the knowledge and skills of his MPI days, Zak Bagans gathered a crew and filmed a documentary-style film called Ghost Adventures.
Career as a Paranormal Activity Documenter
The decisions that followed Zak Bagans’s experience with the supposed spirit of a suicidal woman could have led to nothing and joined a long list of conspiracy theories about extranormal existence. However, what helped it not die off was because it came at a time when television networks were looking to diversify their programming with diverse and exciting content.
Ghost Adventures initially struggled to find a home but Zak Bagans, Nick Groff, and Aaron Goodwin’s belief in the paranormal eventually paid off. The documentary aired on the SciFi Channel in 2007 and a TV series was later commissioned by the Travel Channel in 2008. The series features Zak and his crew visiting and investigating locations that are reportedly haunted. So far, the Ghost Adventures series has aired for more than 19 seasons, with over 200 episodes and 45 specials.
Through the show where he serves as producer, writer, and actor, Zak Bagans has become one of the prominent faces of the paranormal movement. He has further produced and starred in other shows and films like Paranormal Challenge, Deadly Possessions, Demon House, Help! My House Is Haunted, and several more.
Outside of his work on screen, Zak’s successful paranormal investigator career has had him publish multiple books. Some of them include Ghost-Hunting for Dummies, Darkness Optional: The Holy Truth, and Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew.
Zak Bagans also has a museum called Zak Bagans’s The Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. The museum, which opened to the public for the first time in October 2017, features various possessed artifacts he has encountered throughout his career.
Who are the Other Paranormal Investigators He Has Worked With?
Zak Bagans’s career and legitimacy as a paranormal investigator has been solidified by the number of personalities he has worked with. Aaron Goodwin and Nick Groff, with whom he started his career with on Ghost Adventures, are some of the most famous personalities in the industry.
Zak has further worked with personalities like Jay Wasley, Billy Tolley, both of whom also appear alongside him on Ghost Adventures. Others include Bill Chappell, Mark, and Debby Constantino. As a writer, he has worked with Laurie Jacobs and Kelly Crigger.
What We Know About Zak Bagans Family
As earlier mentioned, Zak Bagans’ parents divorced when he was quite young. As a result of his mother’s subsequent marriage, he has two half-siblings; Sky and Phil. He further has an elder sister named Meredith.
In regards to whether he has started a family of his own, Zak’s life looks to be made up of him engaging with the paranormal, which has in turn not given him plenty of time to focus on starting a family. The Ghost Adventures star has, however, been known to have dated two women identified as Christine Dolce and Marcy DeLaTorre. He has further been rumored to be in a relationship with the former Playboy model, Holly Madison, although nothing has yet been confirmed by either party.