Elite Match Makers
High society professional matchmakers are the latest trend in the U.S, especially amongst single people that want to maintain a high degree of discretion about their search for a life partner. Competent and perceptive individuals have set up businesses of finding mates for those that can afford to pay, and pay highly, for the privilege of being privately set up on dates with other compatible singles. The promise of complete confidentiality lures extremely eligible men and women to hire professionals to "head-hunt" for the most perfect match possible.
When it comes to matchmaking at this level, a lot of research, time and focused effort are put into the finding potential matches. The matching process actually begins with a very good analysis of the clients and of his or her needs and preferences, and a match maker usually devotes a large part of their energy to this stage. The next stage is that of locating a potentially suitable match based on the findings about their client, and then coordinating the dates and meetings as and when required.
The contract between the matchmaker and the client can be based on a limited time period with a specific number of matches guaranteed, or it could contain provisions for payments per date found. The matchmaking industry is nascent and as yet no clear rules and regulations have clearly emerged in this sector.
As a recent article points out, on an average, a professional match maker earns anywhere from $200,000 to $5 million a year, in an industry which brings in $236-million every year. There are an estimated 1600 professional match makers in the U.S alone, with about 100 entering the industry each year.
The amount of money that a matchmaker can earn has led many to jump on to the bandwagon in many parts of the U.S, especially in upscale huge cities like New York and Washington D.C. A few matchmakers cater to men, women and gays, but others have an exclusive male clientele. This is because most matchmakers find it easier to match eligible males to their ideal women as appose to matching other clienteles based on a probably stricter set of requirements.
Unlike the online dating services with their typical $30 per month investment, it is a business in which a lot of money is involved and a high degree of ego and emotions. After all, when a client pays to the tune of $25,000 to $100,000 to find the right kind of person to date, expectations run high. And when expectations are not met, even in cases where they are somewhat unrealistic, lawsuits and complaints ensue.
Consequently, it is advisable for singles to choose their matchmakers after diligent research into their background and achievements. On the other hand, matchmakers need to be honest and perceptive and choose with discretion when they take on new clients. Elite matchmaking has a bright future, only if all the parties involved retain a genuine interest in following certain rules and maintaining a certain degree of integrity.
Posted by eDatingCentral.com Mar 6, 2008 3:11 pm
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