Working with men and women ages 24 to mid-60s. The majority are in their 30s and 40s, and she works with more men than women.
Fees: Matchmaking starts at $7,500/six months, coaching is $5,000/six months, online dating is $500/six months
Relive the past: "Initially a client will contact me. We’ll set up a consultation and talk for an hour or so. I learn what their goals are, why they reached out to a matchmaker, what their past history of relationships has been like. We try to track what their mistakes have been. A lot of time people will say they want one thing but do exactly the opposite. I try to bring their attention to that. I make sure that whatever they say their goal is, that they truly want to get there."
Eye on the prize: "Depending on their goal, we talk about what their ideal match is like. We talk about what they are attracted to physically and how important that is for them. We also talk about personality. Not everyone is a good match with a Type A personality, for example."
Cast a wide net: "When people retain me as their love headhunter I don’t limit matching to people who are just clients because that would be restricting. When people retain me, my entire network becomes part of it. It helps to know a lot of people. In my database I have several thousand singles, so that’s the first place I look. I do specific searches when I’m out networking. I talk to other matchmakers around me who might have a good match. And, of course, if people are clients I set them up, but more often I work with a limited number of clients each year, maybe 10-12 every six months."
Success rates: "70% of our clients are dating, in an exclusive relationship, or are married with kids, because of our service."
"When I was single I was going on dates and trying to find and meet the one. I dated one gentleman about six years ago for about a month. The timing just never worked out. But two years ago he actually hired me as his matchmaker. I took that as a huge compliment, and I was able to introduce him to his now wife. She came in to potentially hire me, but I asked her to let me set her up with this fellow. I set them up and they got married in the Hamptons this past October. He also texted me two days ago saying they’re expecting."
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Meagan Drillinger is a contributing writer for Thrillist and exclusively pursues NYC delivery guys. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @drillinjourneys.