I had a conversation with the head of development for A&E about a show idea I had and they asked me what my background was and how I got into the paranormal. When I explained my childhood and what I went through, they were shocked. They asked probing questions like, “What did you do about it, do you ever help other adults or kids out who went through what you did,” and so on. They then asked if I would be interested on doing an episode of Psychic Kids? Of course I said yes, my whole life I have been helping people deal with spirit troubled homes, fears, understand what ghosts are and how to cope with kids who see ghosts or have psychic abilities. I lived it and survived.
I was asked to do one show during the second season which was “Ghost School.” After we completed that episode the director asked if I would be interested in doing another one, two weeks later I was out working with another family and their kids shooting my second show.
After that I was asked back for the third season and contributed to three shows.
Season one I did two shows and season three I was apart of three shows working with a total of 10 families and their children.
It was a dream come true for me to work with these families and kids and make a difference in their lives. It is something I will never forget and many of us still keep in touch. We are like an extended family.
Everything, the families and kids were amazing. I witnessed some amazing things and use of their abilities. The best part was it was organic. The director told me day one, this is an organic show. You and EDY get together and discuss what you want to do to help and work with these families and kids. Do what you do best. We met with the kids and families for 4-5 days straight from morning to late night. The crew basically documented the entire thing. Edy and I called the shots on what we wanted to introduce and work on. It was wonderful and the most natural show I have ever worked on. It was like day after day of counseling sessions and experiments and testing of the kids abilities.
No, I loved and looked forward to being apart of the show. But I do need to point out two things. One there wasn’t enough of Edys work allowed in the final edit of the show. It all ended on the cutting room floor. EDY did a lot of remarkable work with these kids and famalies and you didn’t get to see that. We spent 4-5 days with them morning to night. Edy would work with them individually, then as families and then in full groups. There was remarkable growth, heavy emotion, and bonding that occurred with some of the kids and their families that sadly the public never got to see. The whole crew witnessed it. It was extremely rewarding,touching and impacted everyone. We actually brought families together! Edy had the biggest part in making that happen.
However, one thing I was not happy about was a location we went to – the Lizzy Borden house. I felt that was inappropriate. Kids shouldn’t be taken into a murder scene as gruesome as that. I was never told where we were going there into I walked in the door of the home and they told me. I was not happy. I almost backed out, however, as an adult medium who was there to teach (and protect) these kids, I felt it was important to be there for them and make sure nothing happened to them. Little did I know as a sensitive and empath what I picked up on was physically the most painful experience I had ever felt doing an investigation. Let me remind you, I had never been there before or set foot into this place until we filmed. While attempting to connect as a medium sensitive, upstairs we all smealt a horrible death decay smell. Brittany and myself started coughing and hacking due to the smell. I felt like I was going to throw up. I raced to the bathrooom and then it hit me. I felt like I was having a heart attack. I clenched my chest and tried to scream but couldn’t I didn’t know whether to screech for 911 or what. I did everything I could to calm myself into a heard a male voice, then I knew. I raced out of the house as fast as I could trying not to fall and clenching my chest as soon as I got out of the house, I felt better but was embarrassed. I felt I lost it.
Edy Nathan came out and calmed me down and asked what happened. I told her I felt how he died. I stated I felt like his chest was crushed and opened up based on how bad the pain felt. I thought he was stabbed or sliced open in the heart as if the heart and lungs collapsed. I had no idea that the Lizzy Borden murders they were all hit in the head and not the chest. I felt like I was wrong but couldn’t understand why I felt the pain that I did.
Well, what I found out a week later was remarkable. When the brain is crushed or destroyed, the heart still pumps blood to the brain, since the brain can’t accept the blood the heart goes into cardiac arrest. The heart attack I was feeling was what either Mr. or Mrs Borden felt when they were hit in the head with an ax and their brain was killed. Their body went into cardiac arrest as the heart still pumped to the brain. For me it was an incredible and painful experience.
Needless to say I did not like that place because of it, but I would go back as I feel the family is still there as ghosts.
I was in Jamaica filming another TV show when I got the word. I was with the producer and director of Psychic Kids shooting a pilot for another show when we got the phone call. We were all shocked. Couldn’t believe it. The ratings from Season 3 werent bad, they were slightly better then season one, but not the same as season 2. Worst case he thought the show would move to BIO channel. Most people don’t know, after Season One A&E decided to move the show to BIO channel. When they saw two cuts of the new episodes for season 2, they changed their minds and felt the show deserved to remain on A&E. So Psychic Kids went back to A&E. They ran the repeats on BIO channel.
We were all shocked and saddened. I read some posts and the rumors that skeptics had something to do with it, complaining the show was child abuse was complete nonsense and outright ludacris. It came down to an executive programming decision to greenlight a couple new shows and make the room in programming to do it. A&E had new people in and one of them wanted to go in a different direction. Anyone in TV knows it happens in the TV industry and movie industry all the time, unfortunately we were one of the shows the decision was made on. There was talk of a possible spin off with adults and kids who have psychic abilities but that never got to any production stage.
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