A Night to Remember

25 Jul

I haven’t written a blog yet that is all about me. It isn’t because I consider myself a private person by any means, but I prefer to inform my readers about what is going on in Vegas other than what is going on in my life. However, today I decided to share about my Vegas experience thus far and what my life has brought in the last 30 years to let people know how to survive in Sin City and make it worth it.

I have to start off by giving a huge shout out to Blush Nightclub including Adam Modder, Bill Kennedy and Evan Huynh for the best birthday party ever. They treated me with amazing respect, surprised me with a beautiful cake and made sure my friends and I were all taken care of. The night was memorable (from what I remember) to say the least, starting off with dinner at Society Café. After ordering way too much food, we headed off to blush where we drank vodka and danced the night away. I am so grateful to everyone who showed up and celebrated it with me.

I would say Friday night was a high point in my life and career. I came out to Vegas five years ago, planning on staying for only six months, making some money and moving on. Of course, things never work out as planned. It took me six months to find a job bartending out here. I thought I was going to move and land a job in a nightclub because I had six years of experience. I quickly found out it was more about who you knew than how you worked. My first job was at an Olive Garden, which I really enjoyed. I made my way into the “industry” by eventually getting a job at the Mirage Pool. The summer of 2007 was amazing and I met so many great people, however I still hadn’t reached my goal of “nightclub” status. I knew I wanted to work for a specific club and after six months of persistence, I got it. I would go out every night and network and show up at the office once a week sitting there until I got an interview. The day I got hired, I sat in the office for an hour and forty-five minutes. For the next two years I worked and made money, but I still wasn’t happy with Vegas. I had great friends, but it just wasn’t satisfying. I was desperate to leave in search of finding happiness in a new job, focusing on my career in writing.

After applying, I thought I finally found what I was looking for. I left Vegas swearing to never come back, but as the saying goes, “never say never.” I was gone for about a year when I realized it is not about what you are doing or where you are, but who you surround yourself with. I had such a great group of friends that I missed dearly and they convinced me to give it another try. I came back to Vegas and started over, bartending at a strip club. I knew what I wanted and where I wanted to work. My goal was to get the job I wanted and stop bartending by age 30. I set aside the drama Vegas can bring, surrounded myself by the people I could rely on, and got to where I am today.

A lot of people come to Vegas and hate it in the beginning. They can get wrapped up in the party scene and lose focus of the ultimate goal. The important thing to remember is to stay on track, don’t let people take advantage of you, and fight for what you want. Go out and network, treat people the same no matter how big or small, and be persistent. If you came out Vegas to accomplish a goal whether it was to make money, become a local celebrity or to simply start a new life, it can happen. Just trust in yourself and stay on track. Vegas can be a rough city for anyone, but it can also be the land of opportunities.

To see more pictures from my unforgettable night, check out SpyOnVegas.com.

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