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Kennedy says that while some members do disappear off the radar, others send wedding invitations and baby pictures. The company, Elect Club, claimed to have the ‘largest private database of single professionals in London’, including business leaders and entrepreneurs.
‘He said he had had a call from them inviting him to come to some events.
Some members sabotage their dating chances by agreeing to meet only one out of 20 potential dates.
In other cases, a member may ring and say: "I had a wonderful time last night, they had to throw us out of the restaurant, but the thing is, I didn't fancy him." What a matchmaker has to do is to "enthuse" people to get past that first date and persuade them to try again.
"This is a hugely complex job and for me it is a totally unexpected career." Drawing Down the Moon is one of the most established dating agencies, and unlike online dating sites it provides personalised introductions.
Kennedy's normal day runs from 12noon-8pm, during which she interviews six potential members who hope to be put on the agency books.
The former actress with a "background in psychotherapy" started on the administration side, but quickly began interviewing potential members herself. Her background is as a photographer and a model; she then studied sociology at university and worked in adult education for 12 years.
But fed up with the cuts and job losses of the 1980s, she asked herself what to do next.
"'One day,' I told my stepdaughter, 'I think I'll start a dating agency, that sounds rather fun.'" So in 1986 she bought Drawing Down the Moon, where she pictured herself reclining on a chaise longue, drinking coffee and gossiping about men.
But it turned out to be "damn hard work," she says.
St Valentine's Day may have been and gone, but for professional matchmakers the search for true love is a day-to-day concern.
And while there are plenty of cowboy dating agencies out there, a reputable company can offer a job that is immensely varied and rewarding."I didn't set out to be a matchmaker but I find myself endlessly fascinated by who walks in the door and their take on the world and on love," says Kate Kennedy, senior consultant and matchmaker at Drawing Down the Moon.
She looks for staff with counselling qualifications - "because you are dealing with people's emotions at the highest level" - and those with a university degree in a "helpful" subject such as management.