Q and A With… Matt Titus

The star of Lifetime’s new reality series, Matched in Manhattan, shares his best “find love” advice with us.

What are your top dating tips that would help a single person along, regardless of his or her age?

These are my favorite three “don’ts” that relate to singles of all ages. First, don’t settle! Relationships are an extremely large part of everyone’s life. Do not pursue or continue a relationship that is a dead end. The worst thing that you can do is to become impatient and start believing that there isn’t anyone out there for you and start passing time with fillers. Next, don’t rush! Desperation speaks volumes about a person and it ain’t good! And, lastly, don’t over-analyze! Don’t read into things. Let it go, and move on with your life.

Talk to me about how important that first visual impression is—you speak about it on the series.

First visual impression, or FVI, is extremely important. Everyone is initially judged by the way they look. So it is very important to look the best that you possibly can look in order to attract potential love interests. I know it sounds terrible but please remember I don’t make the rules! Remember, the average guy isn’t approaching a woman because he thinks she might be smart, moral or funny. It’s initially all about the way someone looks.

On Matched in Manhattan, you reprimand someone for breaking up via a text message. What other bad dating etiquette have you seen with your clients?

Too much information, too fast—they tell everything about themselves in the first five minutes. It’s important to keep some mystery about yourself! Also, trying to be the person you think your date wants you to be—pretending you are someone else ends up exposing you as a fraud, and nobody finds that attractive. And last but not least, being late or going to the wrong location, even after I’ve double- and triple-checked with them the time and place! That one drives me crazy!

You also give relationship advice for gay men. What dating advice can you offer for our gay men/women readers?!

My advice is pretty much the same, the fact comes down to making sure you are emotionally available and ready. When it comes to the gay culture, appearance is very important to many of the clients, so FVI is always a first step.

Any final tips?

Yes, here are some absolutes:
  1. Get out of the house, even if it’s cold, snowing or raining. No one likes to be cooped up, chances are you might find someone who has also ducked under an awning to dry.
  2. Try to keep that glow, despite the fact there is little or no sun. Girl or guy, bronzer is your best friend… it makes you stand out and look fresh, youthful and alive.
  3. Make sure whenever you leave the house you are proud about how you look. Don’t wear something you wouldn’t want to be caught in by a potential partner.
  4. Stop wasting your time on Mr. or Miss Wrong. I don’t care how bored you are, how long it’s been since you’ve had sex or since someone took you out for a night on the town. It’s better to be happy alone, than lonely with someone else!

Contributing entertainment editor Susan L. Hornik is based in Los Angeles.
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