In 2008, when I first got into Bigfoot Research, I made the comment to several other researchers on an expedition with me, that I loved searching for Bigfoot and if there was any way to do it full time, I would find and do it. At the time, I was employed full time like many others in the Bigfoot world. Many years prior to the event (in 1983), I established a publishing company to market and distribute unpublished authors books, DVDs, and CDs including my own works. The first copies of The Mogollon Monster, Arizona’s Bigfoot book was published in 1995, and later republished. I now have a variety of books, DVDs, CDs by several authors on various subjects some of which are on Bigfoot. Point is, I was publishing books long before I got into Bigfoot Research.
My company has allowed me to move away from the mundane job I held and to start pursuing Bigfoot Research full time while chronicling my efforts on video and in writing to share with anyone interested. However, some people thought I should be doing this for FREE. Many made accusations that I was just trying to make money off of Bigfoot implying dishonesty and hoaxes. I still get these comments when I try to raise some extra funds for new equipment.
Evidently, these people are trying to say that only the rich can self-finance their full time Bigfoot research. Either that or all bigfoot researchers have to be part time and financed by their day jobs; thus, being a weekend warrior. This brings about some ethical questions.
Many big name Bigfoot Researchers write books and market them. They also seek funding and sponsors or work for a University which finances their work. Some of these researchers have appeared on popular Bigfoot TV shows and program and have appear in documentary DVDs in which they received compensation/royalties. This seems to be accepted by almost all in the Bigfoot community. However, a fairly new person to the field who is trying to do full time Bigfoot research is looked down upon, shunned, and even attacked verbally for trying to make a buck off Bigfoot. Is there a double standard here?
Does a person have to give up their publishing business to do Bigfoot research and write a book? Is it wrong to ask for donations, funding, and sponsors to enable full time research and purchase equipment?
A rude commenter stated, “It’s all about the money, isn’t it…”
My reply is, “No. It is about the Research. Let’s see you do full time research without money”.