Nick Groff Talks Ghost Adventures Part 1: In the Beginning
In our continuing interview series with the "Ghost Adventures" crew in anticipation of the show's Season 6 premiere on March 9th, 2012, we sat down with Nick Groff to talk about the formation of the group, what scares him, and much more.
"I actually knew Aaron before, for a long time," says Groff of the very beginnings of his association with partners Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin. "I graduated from high school at Pelham High in New England and decided to take the big trip to Las Vegas because I got accepted to UNLV, University of Nevada Las Vegas, for film. I’m a huge film buff in general. To be honest, it was one of the only schools that actually accepted me because my SATs sucked." *laughs*
Groff continues, "So here I am at UNLV and I’m taking this film class, and there’s this kid... he and I are the only ones still there at the end of this big conference where a movie producer was talking. At this point I was trying to shoot my own short films and was looking to get to know people. I asked the lecturer who I should talk to about shooting my short films and my scripted stuff, and he said, 'See that guy over there? Talk to him.' I turn around and there’s Aaron Goodwin standing there talking to another guy. Aaron actually snuck into that class as he didn’t even attend UNLV. *laughs* So we met up and became very good friends over the years."
"It wasn't about until 2004 that I met Zak. I was getting married to my long-time sweetheart from high school. I’m a very picky guy when it comes to music so as I was searching through websites, I came across Zak’s. He was DJ’ing at the time making some money. I called up his company and met up with him, and he became my wedding DJ. Me and my wife met up with Zak and we talked for a long time. We actually didn’t even get into the wedding stuff. We talked more or less about the paranormal and films and stuff including the projects I was working on at that time. It was really kind of funny how we clicked. I think you meet people in your life for a reason, and I think certain people come together spiritually. This was the start to our journey. The reason we were put on this earth, to do what we are doing now."
"One day I was sitting there in my little apartment and we started talking on the phone. He told me about a ghost experience he had in Detroit, Michigan. I basically said, 'Dude, I’ve been fascinated by the paranormal since I was a little kid.' I had an experience when I was about ten years old in Salem, New Hampshire in my old house. One day when I came home from school early, I walked upstairs and saw this shadow figure standing in the kitchen area behind this sliding glass door to the porch. It scared the living crap out of me! I ran out of the house, and that's where my parents found me once they got home."
"Prior to that I actually had a near death experience, too, when I was about eight years old," Nick says, reflecting on his past. "I was a very hyperactive kid. One day I was swinging from the branches of some tress over a cyclone fence and basically the limb broke and I fell and ripped open my whole arm almost to my artery by a half an inch. Good thing my mom was a nurse and a quick thinker. She was close enough to see me get up and then pass out and fall to the ground. She took off her shirt and wrapped my arm up and basically saved my life. They were able to stop the bleeding before I bled too much. I didn’t die obviously because I’m still here."
"I think those elements actually got me fascinated by the paranormal, and that’s when I was talking to Zak, fast forward in time to 2004. I’ve been fascinated by all the paranormal: UFOs, ghosts, and anything unexplainable. But I've never had that major experience to say, 'Wow, this is it. This is what’s going to open up my mind to something different than what we know as just death.' That’s when I basically grouped up with these two guys, and we became really good friends and decided to hit the roads of Nevada to hit up all of the haunted mining towns to search out some ghosts. Zak was very passionate because of his experience, but I was more or less a logical thinker wanting to see something with my own eyes. Could this kind of thing be captured on a little night vision video camera? We went out full throttle to see what we can come up with. We all came together and it spawned into 'Ghost Adventures'. We never thought that was gonna happen, a huge successful TV show phenomenon all across the world and a ton of people just representing us and who we are: GAC members, Ghost Adventures Crew members. Worldwide. It’s amazing."
"What a lot of people don’t understand is that we were never just cast in this show. Selected out of thousands of acting people or whatever. We’re not actors. We weren’t geared to go out and do this. None of us ever took acting classes. I took film because I have a passion for film. The good thing was that it came in handy later. It taught me how to push the little red button on the camcorder and make sure the camera is in focus. That’s really it. It’s kind of cool how we came together, it’s definitely a classic story. It’s genuine, it’s real. We are just down to earth guys. We are who we are. What you see is what you get when you’re watchin’ us on TV at your home."