Dakota Laden is one of the youngest paranormal investigators who rose to fame after creating parody videos based on the TV series, Ghost Adventures. Dakota was cast in the series after he won the Ghost Adventures Mashup contest in 2011 as an 18-year-old. Since then, Dakota has been working on haunted locations in one form or another. For the longest time, Dakota was known for his work on Ghost Adventures, but in April 2019, Dakota left the series and started working on a new series, Destination Fear. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Dakota Laden.
Dakota Laden was born on the 18th of November, 1995, in Minnesota. Born and raised in Minnesota, Dakota grew up alongside his four siblings Mykenna, Chelsea, Tavian & Isabella Laden. The second-eldest of the lot, Chelsea Laden stars alongside Dakota in his paranormal adventures. Little is known about his other three siblings. Of his parents, his father, Rob Laden, is known to have appeared in some of Dakota’s adventures but his mother Polly Laden likes to keep herself away.
Talking about his early life, Dakota revealed that he and his sister grew up in a haunted house. Revealing about his early interests in the paranormal, Dakota said,
“My sister Chelsea and I grew up in a haunted house. It wasn’t an extreme case, but it was definitely haunted and our parents were actually more concerned about it than the kids were. Our parents ended up getting the house blessed, and activity stopped, but it sparked an interest in the paranormal and we formed a hobby around it as urban explorers of haunted locations.”
Dakota’s fascination with filmmaking began when he was just 7 years old when he bought a home video camera from his older sister Chelsea. He started making comedy shorts and posting them on YouTube, where he gained a loyal fan base. He also developed an interest in scary stories and abandoned places, and would often plan trips with his friends to investigate haunted locations.
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Equipped with his newfound love for all things paranormal, Dakota began exploring haunted locations alongside his sister Chelsea and Tanner. Dakota was also interested in making short films and established a YouTube channel under the shortfilmzz123 in 2008.
One of his favorite shows was Ghost Adventures, hosted by Zak Bagans. He admired Bagans’ style and courage, and decided to make a spoof of the show on his YouTube channel. Little did he know that this would change his life forever. His spoof caught the attention of Bagans himself, who invited him to join the Ghost Adventures crew as a guest in 2011. Dakota was thrilled to meet his idol and learn from him.
Dakota continued to work with Bagans as a camera operator and producer for Ghost Adventures, honing his skills and gaining more experience in the paranormal field. He also made his own paranormal documentary, Trail to Terror, with his sister Chelsea and his best friend Tanner Wiseman in 2015. The film was a spin-off of Destination Fear, a web series that Dakota had created earlier. His adventure with them lasted for a short while before Dakota announced his leave in 2019. He revealed the message on Twitter that read,
“It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.”
Following his departure from Ghost Adventures, Dakota starred on a brand new series entitled, Destination Fear. The show follows Dakota, Chelsea, Tanner and Alex Schroeder as they travel across the country in an RV, visiting some of the most haunted locations in America. Each episode features a different location, where they spend the night alone in separate rooms, armed only with cameras and walkie-talkies. They capture evidence of paranormal activity, experience terrifying encounters, and confront their own fears.
Destination Fear ran for four seasons until January 13, 2023, earning rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The show was praised for its authenticity, suspense, humor and emotion. Dakota was hailed as a charismatic leader, a fearless investigator and a talented filmmaker.
But while fans tout Dakota as the next up-and-coming paranormal investigator, Dakota sees himself as a paranormal explorer.
“We don’t consider ourselves to be traditional investigators; we are more like paranormal explorers.”
Dakota’s career did not end with Destination Fear. He launched a Kickstarter campaign for a follow-up series called Project Fear, where he and his team would explore haunted locations in Europe.
Here is a timeline of Dakota Laden’s work on television and movies over the years.
The Last Witch Hunter
The Great Treasure Hunt
Camera Operator, Producer, Self
Dakota Laden created the show with his sister Chelsea and his best friend Tanner
Camera Operator, Self
Dakota Laden was a fan of the show and won a contest to join the crew in 2011
Trail to Terror
Additional Cinematography, Producer, Self
This was a spin-off of Destination Fear that aired on Travel Channel
This is a new show that will feature Dakota Laden and his team exploring haunted locations in Europe
Dakota Laden has a net worth of $1.5 Million as of 2023. His primary source of income comes from filmmaking, acting, and production.
Dakota Laden is not very open about his personal life, especially his relationship status. He had a girlfriend named Rachel Ulrich during his high school days, but they broke up for unknown reasons. In order to find out about his current girlfriend we went through his Instagram posts, and Dakota Laden does not seem to have a girlfriend or a relationship at the moment. He mostly posts photos and videos of his work on Destination Fear, his travels, his friends, and his family. He does not share any romantic or intimate pictures with anyone. He also does not mention anyone as his partner or lover in his captions or comments. Therefore, it is likely that Dakota Laden is single and focused on his career as a filmmaker and paranormal investigator.
November 18, 1995
27 years old
Minnesota, United States
Rob Laden, Polly Laden
Chelsea Laden, Isabella Laden, Mykenna Laden,Tavian Laden
Television Personality, Paranormal Investigator, Filmaker