A famous playwright once wrote, “It’s a very funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything less than the best, you very often get it." This is the way I’ve approached most things in my life. From an early age, I have been very ambitious and started several business ventures while still in school. I’ve traveled internationally since the day I was born, and even until this day I never stay in one particular place or state for more than a couple of weeks. This was has been my attitude towards my personal life as well. That ambitious streak extended to the women I dated. I’ve dated many amazing women, but each time, there was a voice inside of me saying that "I was meant for so much more.” Needless to say, I haven’t had much experience in the long-term dating department. Hence, I’ve been given the opportunity to present this blog to all of you.
I am an Advertising and Celebrity photographer by profession (http://www.kevinouphoto.com) and very much an entrepreneur at heart. Much of my time is taken up by the celebrity branding and marketing agency, The Forum Agency (http://www.theforumagency.com) which I co-founded in 2008. In spite of it all, I have a lot of fun living my life and doing what I do. I guess I can’t really complain being surrounded by beautiful women, fun parties, fast cars, yachts and planes. In the lifestyle of the entertainment industry, parties are very much part and parcel of the job (well, that’s my excuse anyway). But up to a certain point, I began to ask myself if this was all life had to offer? I was sure that there was much more behind all this superficiality of the Hollywood glamour lifestyle I was living.
My team and I are currently in the process of launching a new brand called Modern Home and Living (MH+L) (http://www.mhlmagazine.com) . It features celebrities, athletes and entrepreneurs and their homes. The magazine component isn’t merely a surface level look at their wealth and their toys, but a look into their individual personalities and how it is translated to their living spaces and designs. It is an intimate peek into the lives of your favorite celebrities behind closed doors. Look out for the Modern Home and Living magazine, TV show, furniture stores, themed parties and network launching in phases over coming the months. My team and I will strive to make home living fun and hip again.
Being asked to be participate in Millionaire Matchmaker was a challenge on multiple levels. At heart, I’m a rather private person. Although I’ve been on many other TV shows, this was the first where I had to put my personal life up to be examined. The other challenge was Patti. My natural personality is that I’m a very laid back, easy going guy. I am used to working with celebrities with big ego’s, so I’m able to keep my own ego in check. Being as laid back as I am, I was surprised at how easily Patti pushed my buttons and ultimately dug into my core. Some things that she mentioned were spot on, while many of them were way out of the park. There were many things I did on the show that were definitely scary because they were a first for me. One of the scariest components was being set up on a date. Being on a trapeze and seeing a therapist for the first time were the other harrowing experiences. In spite of it all, I trusted Patti as a professional and decided not to pass any judgments and place my complete trust in her.
The girls that she had picked were all beautiful and had amazing personalities (how do you expect to present 7 beautiful women to a man and expect him to pick just one)? Somehow at the back of my mind, I simply felt that this process was too forced. I’m a big fan of letting things flow. Letting things develop organically. Louisa was a fun and confident person. She had such a great positive attitude and great high energy levels, but the sparks just weren’t there. I’m thinking she would make a better friend than a lover. I’m glad to have her in my life and I’m confident she will meet her right guy soon.
Several months have passed since the show was filmed and many things in my life has changed, but I still feel that the entire experience was a positive one. I believe that everything happens for a reason. Patti and her team were amazing. Despite her cold outer facade, I’m confident she is a smart, warm and caring person. Thank you for the great opportunity and do support Modern Home and Living (MH+L) when it comes out!