So, here's a shocker: I'm a true romantic.
In middle school, the only doodles in my pink notebook were hearts. In fourth grade, my "boyfriend" sent me a gold postcard.
In fifth grade, I sang the song "Stupid Cupid" in my school's talent show--perhaps a sign of the matchmaking career that I would fall into just about a decade later.
In high school, I met my prom date at a traffic light, picked out the perfect dress, over-analyzed every interaction with my girlfriends, and hoped we'd live happily ever after.
Cue to the present day: After ten years working in the dating industry, having heard the war stories from hundreds-maybe thousands- of jaded and seemingly hopeless singles, I still believe in lasting love. (Prom date un-included!) The truth is, I believe that anyone who really wants true love-the totally-fulfilling-transformative-forever-kind-can find it.
But there is a price to pay; whoever says "love don't cost a thing" is a little misguided! There's the price of attracting the person in the first place. For women, it is often the expense of the gym membership, blowouts, manicures, pedicures, waxing, makeup, clothing, the season's "It" bag, etc. For men, there's the price of drinks, dinners, movies, flowers, candy, and all sorts of date night entertainment. There are shared expenses throughout the relationship too, of course. Like the cost of transportation, gifts, psychotherapy, a home, child-rearing, etc. But before singles take on the expenses of courtship or a long term relationship, they've got to, ya know, find their match!
That's where the modern day matchmakers-and maybe you- come in!
Have you ever thought it would be cool to bring people together for love and marriage? That you have the intuitive skills and network of friends to successfully set people up? That you have what it takes to be the next Patti Stanger? That you'd like a career that is lucrative but doesn't involve crunching numbers at a desk? A part-time or full-time career that you could feel good about?
If you are shaking your head "yes," matchmaking could be the industry for you!
Now before you quit your day job and take on the title that will make you the hit at all dinner parties--trust me, I still am--you'll want to make sure this matchmaking business is for you.
In the past, when people have asked me about how to get started in a career as a matchmaker, I have suggested they read my first book A Fab Job Guide To Become A Matchmaker. While this is still a great way to get your feet wet, I am excited to announce that I have something bigger, better, and even more fabulous to help you dive in and explore this potential opportunity.
Allow me to share my most exciting news: I've recently added a new position to my resume. Yes, I've snagged a gig as The Director of Marketing for The Matchmaking Institute in NYC, the only accredited school for matchmaking in the world! I've come on board with a wonderful team at such an exciting time.
Yes, we are in the midst of finalizing plans for The 2015 Matchmakers & Date Coach Conference, the world's largest gathering of love industry professionals, which takes place the last weekend in April. This conference is going to be AMAZING! Just check out the line up of speakers who are the industry professionals on the top of their game.
If this idea intrigues you, take a look at everything here http://matchmakinginstitute.com/conference/
If you are interested to know more and to get a sense of whether or not the conference or career in general could be a fit for you, please shoot me an email at Rachel@RachelRusso.com.
Remember, just as life is too short to go on bad dates, it is also too short to slave your existence away at a job that eats away at your soul.