Like the Matchmaking Institute (MMI) in New York, the only state-licensed school that certifies matchmakers, which opened in 2003. Last fall, it had more than 100, each paying ,000 for a three-month course.Students learn how to help clients identify their goals and recognize their personality traits, as well as the traits that will complement them.To be considered VIP, membership starts at 0,000. Just intuition," the website promises.) Most daters can't spend ,000 to meet a potential match, and Andersen has only a handful of VIP clients.
Matchmakers can also help smooth over misunderstandings that might otherwise lead people to "ghost," or disappear on, each other, if they'd met through, say, Hinge.Not only was it mortifying that someone had feigned romantic interest in her in order to get a job interview....She went home, Googled "Palo Alto matchmakers," and wrote an e-mail to the first name that popped up: Amy Andersen.Linx clients occupy a curious position: They've earned enough tech dollars to take their love lives offline. It was app fatigue that drove Rachel, a real-life success story of Three Day Rule, the country's largest matchmaking database.The 32-year-old cosmetics company executive had been living in New York before she left in 2012 to attend business school."I was a victim to swipe culture; I was being a little bit superficial about it, and the guy I'm dating now, he's really cute, but I don't think that was what I was looking for.But the more I got to know him, I was like, " Initially, Rachel felt ambivalent about using the service.The job requires a special skill set, Three Day Rule's Goldstein explains.Partnered with Match.com, Christian Mingle, and JDate, the company currently has more than 20 full-time matchmakers, with 400 paying clients, and 75,000 singles in its database.And that demand creates an opportunity for a growing number of their peers to pursue what many might consider a dream job—making their own hours while being paid to talk and think about romance.(Yearly salaries for matchmakers in cities like New York and L. start at about ,000; those running their own shop can make up to 5,000.) But not just anyone can be a matchmaker.