Linda Solomon: You’re Vancouver’s only dedicated matchmaker. What does a job like that entail?
Sheree Morgan: Consider me a headhunter for your personal life.
Linda: A headhunter for my personal life? Hmmm. Please explain.
Sheree: First off we do a prescreening by going for coffee and a chat. At that point they get to know me, my company and how I do my searches. This also allows me time to get to know them. I need to believe that I can find a match for them and know they are actually ready for a committed relationship. By the end of the screening we both decide if we want to work together. I also offer image consulting and relationship coaching if needed.
Linda: We could all use a little help, I suppose.
Sheree: If we decide to go forward we have a full consultation at my office. At this point I find out what they bring to the table, what they’re looking for physically and emotionally and their life goals.
Linda: Then what?
Sheree: I do a full background check on everyone. It tells me if they have any criminal warrants or if they’ve ever been arrested or even under suspicion. It also tells me if they’re married or not.
Linda: So you bust the married people?
Sheree: Yes. After that we go out for a walkabout, at this point I get them to point out people that they are attracted to. I take the women to the Cactus Club because there are a lot of men there and I take the men to the Keg because they can’t see past the waitresses at the Cactus Club. This gives me a huge insight in picking a match for them because chemistry is such a vital part of the relationships.
Linda: People they think are hot?
Sheree: Yes. If they’re a gold member, I go about searching for a partner for them. I look to my data pool first. If I don’t have anybody in my data pool that I think they’d be a good match for, I look elsewhere. That could be anywhere, networking, in a business meeting, on the street, in a restaurant. Then I bring them in on a silver membership which is very affordable, this allows me to put them through a full consultation and a complete background check.
Linda: How much does the gold membership cost? I tell people my rates when we meet, otherwise people are comparing apples to oranges. There’s nobody else who goes as far as I do in Vancouver. I’m less than half of what it would cost in NY and LA.
Linda: What’s your success rate?
Sheree: It’s great, I find matches for the gold members faster, because I am searching for them specifically. Silver members are brought onboard as possible matches or because they want to participate without a lot of expense. I don’t search for them specifically, for that price, I couldn’t possible afford to. They do however have a great opportunity to be matched with an above average partner who is searching for someone like themselves. Another strong point is that people only come to me when they are ready for a one on one relationship, so the timing is always good. You don’t get that advantage with online dating they tend to want to date everyone online. They also don’t have the opportunity to misrepresent themselves as they do online. I also I have an event once a month and everybody gets to attend so they can be proactive. If they’re interested in somebody, they tell me and I can make arrangements for them to get together again. My next one is at Bogart’s Chophouse in a few weeks. I’ve had 30 people and I’ve had up to 50. It can get a little too big, once you’re going past 50.
Linda: Don’t people feel embarrassed about showing up at something like that?
Sheree: No. It’s a nice, comfortable atmosphere. It’s a warm, inviting bar. It’s suitable for people from 25 to 65. The feedback from the events I’ve had has been really good. There’s no pressure. It’s just about socializing and it allows me the opportunity to see how they interact socially. I learn a lot about by clients my watching them at the events.
Linda: What were you doing before?
Sheree: I came from the film industry and television.
Linda: What was your childhood like? I’m imagining you sang Matchmaker Matchmaker all the time.