TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: I think matchmaking is a very worthwhile service. I love making people happy. You have put two people together and you are part of their puzzle, and so we are forever intertwined, which is quite special. TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: My name is Taylor Francois Bodine and I am a professional matchmaker for the elite. TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: I understand, you know, how much everyone wants to be in love and to find this partner. TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: My success rate is 85-90% success. The caveat to that is that it’s within a two-year time frame. TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: I never take on more than 8-10 clients at a time. And I can honestly say that all the clients that I have ever taken on are people who I would want to be friends with after. TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: The typical professions of my clients really vary. All of them are successful. I have doctors, lawyers, presidents of fortune 500 companies, varied levels of celebrity and they are all very successful in their own right, which is why they can use a matchmaker. The issue is not their level of success. It’s simply that they don’t have the time to commit to putting in the work to finding the appropriate partner. TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: So, in general I always like to meet the clients face to face. Initially, we might start with a Facetime or Skype session. But when working with them, I think it’s very important to have a personal touch and to get to meet them in person. TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: So today we are in San Francisco to meet my client, Stephanie, for the first time. STEPHANIE SCHWAB: My name is Stephanie Schwab and I am 34 years old and I run customer advisory boards for a Silicon Valley high-tech company. I want to be in a relationship so badly and I have been doing all of the online dating and things like that. But I don’t feel like it is resonating with me because I am still single and I feel like I have so much to offer the world and I think that in order to find that right person, you have to call in outside help. TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: The process is that we will do some styling sessions, have a hair and makeover session and then it will end in a photo shoot. STEPHANIE SCHWAB: So I am excited to see how the day turns out. TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: I am too and I think once we get everything pulled together, you know, you will have such a sense of confidence when you go on these dates that it will change everything. STEPHANIE SCHWAB: Let’s do it.
TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: Let’s do it. Let’s go. TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: The cost for clients really varies. Everything is customised based on the client’s needs. So there is not an average cost. I would say when looking for a good matchmaker, if one is not ready to invest a minimum of $30,000 for a rather simple search, you know, it would not be advantageous. STEPHANIE SCHWAB: My ideal partner is a true gentleman. I am looking for a man with character, a man that makes me feel good about myself. I hope at the end of today I am smiling through just joy and a gratefulness for what a wonderful opportunity this is. I am excited to see how beautiful I can look. STEPHANIE SCHWAB: I have tried pretty much everything. I have done all of the standard websites and I have done all of the apps. I am not on social media. I don’t know how to present myself in that way, and so online dating has always been a struggle. TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: I think everyone could use some help with dating tips. I think that with the shift in technology, there is a sense of a less than personal touch to the way that one goes about dating. CHARLOTTE: I have paired various looks for Stephanie that she could wear to different types of dates. Whether it is daytime wine tasting or really sexy dinner, different looks that will make her feel confident and ready to meet the next love of her life. STEPHANIE SCHWAB: Being a curvier woman to have someone show me how to dress for my body type, I think is really important, and so I feel confident and can’t wait to do my hair next. STEPHANIE SCHWAB: So the reason that I want to be financially investing in a matchmaker is that I am at a point in my life where I want a man who is as equally invested. I maybe putting money down but I am thinking 5-10 years from now about where that money could have gone in different ways and I am so much happier that I have put it into finding my true love. STEPHANIE SCHWAB: I am feeling great, I feel pretty and I feel like, cutting off that hair was oddly freeing. TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: Sometime ago I worked for a prominent senator on the hill and I found myself after hours doing some matchmaking with various colleagues and I found that I was matching people so well, I decided that I would leave that profession and start the matchmaking firm. With each client, I get better at this. You run into different personality types, different problems that you didn’t know before and it’s really interesting even the growth that I have because, you know, you are constantly learning something. STEPHANIE SCHWAB: So it’s been an awesome day. Thank you! Thank you for making me feel beautiful in my skin and it really means a lot. So, thank you. Yeah! STEPHANIE SCHWAB: I love my new look. I am proud of my new look. This is a big step for me today to come out and be surrounded by all of these people who said wonderful warm things about me. And I feel like I am a different woman than I was this morning. STEPHANIE SCHWAB: I do feel very hopeful that Taylor will not only find me a date but she will find me my future husband. I am really excited about the future. I am excited because for the first time in my life, I truly feel like good things are happening for me and that love is coming and that the opportunities that I have always dreamed about for myself are real. TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: Oh, I really enjoy it. I really enjoy it. It’s not an easy job by any stretch of the imagination and there is pressure because people are always expecting you to produce and I do that, you know, but that comes at a price. But I love it and I love making people happy, you know, it’s really important to me. STEPHANIE SCHWAB: To the future.
TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: To the future. STEPHANIE SCHWAB: Cheers!
TAYLOR FRANCOIS BODINE: Cheers!