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Winged Dinghy

Vegas breakdown day by day

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For dancers thinking of working in Vegas, I hope this is useful. I found the logistics of Vegas a little bit challenging, but I did end up getting hired, getting my sheriff's card and working two shifts during my six-day visit. Here's what I did, and what I would have done differently.

Day 1
Thursday, May 10

I arrived via Spirit Airlines at about 9pm and took a free shuttle straight to my hotel (Palace Station, which was recommended by a few dancers here). I went straight to sleep because I needed to hit the ground running in the AM.

Day 2
Friday, May 11

I woke up, ate at the Palace Station Starbucks (pricey, would recommend going to the McDonald's across the street) and walked about 1 mile to the nearest dispensary that opened at 9am and stocked up on edibles and a vape pen. Then I went back to the hotel, dolled myself up and got on the free shuttle to the Fashion Show mall, which is about a 15 minute walk to Sapphire and Spearmint Rhino.

At Spearmint Rhino, they told me to come back around 1 or 1:30pm to audition. I asked for a referral for a sheriff's card and they said they would give it to me if I was hired. I walked over to Sapphire because I was really hoping to get a referral for my sheriff's card, so I could apply for it that afternoon. Sapphire also told me to come back to audition in the evening around 6pm or 7pm.

I decided not to go back later for two reasons: One, the sheriff's office closes at 5pm on Friday, and I wouldn't be able to work without the card. Two, I thought my chances of getting hired on a Friday night were pretty slim.

So I went back to Palace Station, ate two edibles and got too high to function for a few hours, then went and hung out by the pool that evening. They had a DJ and stuff; it was really cute.

DAY 3
Saturday, May 12

I had booked a photo shoot via Model Mayhem, so I got breakfast and took an Uber out to the studio. Got paid $100 for two hours and finished up by noon. I was getting pretty concerned about whether I was going to be able to get hired and make money during my trip. I got too high to function (again) that afternoon, then took the free shuttle to the strip and hit up three casinos. I won $3 from the slots machine and got free wine while I was sitting there. Score!

DAY 4
Sunday, May 13

I woke up, took the shuttle to the Fashion Show mall (I really endorse Palace Station and its free shuttle--saved me a ton of money) and got a blowout. I also had my foundation done for free with purchase at Bare Escentuals and had fake eyelashes applied at Mac. I called Cheetahs about auditioning--I figured they were not as competitive as Spearmint Rhino or Sapphire, and once I had my foot in the door and had a sheriff's card, I could go back to those clubs. They told me to come in at 1 or 1:30. I did and was hired for that shift--it was a pretty standard strip-down-and-look-at-your-body audition. They gave me a referral for my sheriff's card, told me I could work the day shift from 11am to 11pm and asked me to come back at 11:30 on Monday.

I went back to the hotel, ate more edibles and then went to the strip and saw Magic Mike at the Hard Rock Cafe. So many screaming women.

DAY 5
Monday, May 14

I ate a heavy breakfast at McDonald's and took an Uber to the police station. Got there at 8:30am. It took 3 hours and cost $84.75 to get my sheriff's card. I went straight from there to Cheetahs. Worked from noon to 7pm. It was dead. I only made $100. I do like the club, though. The staff is great. Girls are nice. Can't say enough good things about it. I was starving when I finished my shift, so I tore up the buffet at Palace Station, which only cost $10. I do recommend you join the Players' Club if you stay there. I did, and you get a free spin on this wheel which saved me a few dollars on the meal. Then I lounged by the pool until I got tired. I watched Showgirls in my hotel room and have never related harder to Nomi (the movie takes place in Cheetahs).

DAY 6
Tuesday, May 15

I got up at 5:30am, took an Adderall and knocked out two writing assignments I had due today. That took until 10:30am. Then I packed up my room at Palace Station and checked out. I took all my shit to Cheetahs and stored it in my locker. My flight was supposed to leave at 7:50pm, so I figured I would work from noon to 5pm and then head to the airport. However, it kept getting delayed, so I just working. Luckily I got flight notifications so I wasn't stuck at the airport; I was at least making money. I left the club at 8pm.

I made $200 and the house mom apologized about it being a slow shift. $200 is a good day shift where I work at home, so that's encouraging.

Here's what I would have done differently: I would have arrived on a Monday or Tuesday and stayed through the weekend. That would have given me more time to get hired and get my sheriff's card before the busy weekend rolled around.

I would also have auditioned at SR and Sapphire first. I think that's where I have to be if I want to make money on Vegas trips. I spent about $1000 on my flight, hotel, transportation, food and startup costs and made $400 out here. That's not bad for a trip that I considered a working vacation. But I would like to go back and I would like to at least break even.

I can cut my expenses by staying in a weekly rental, which start at like $200, and making my own food. I will probably stay at least one night in a nice hotel though.

Here's what I would do again: I would definitely go back to Palace Station. It's a nice value and a nice hotel. I will also try to line up a guaranteed booking, like another photo shoot. I also will definitely work at Cheetahs again--maybe keep the day shift there and hopefully get in at a mega club for night shift or early am shift.

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  1. Elle:)'s Avatar
    Thank you. Your post was very useful.
  2. Winged Dinghy's Avatar
    good! that's what I strive for.
  3. PorschaTravels's Avatar
    Thank you girl! I finally became a member I love this site.
    I feel like we need a lot more of these breakdowns; they’re super helpful! I will do one too. I love how you mention booking model gigs, that’s a genius idea. How can you make money traveling? I’m definitely working on that so thank you for mentioning model mayhem. I’d also use CL, backstage, Mandy, care.com, etc. I bought camera equipment and a laptop, so I’d post that I’m available in the area if someone’s looking for a photographer or producer. I also love kids and cooking and just helping others so I’d use care.com to find work. I can think of many other ways to make money while traveling. How about you, how can you make money traveling?
    I travel and dance but I like to stay away from major cities (while I work on my body). Because of that I ended up in a Jewish town in Jersey making $ 2-3 even 4,000 on a weekend. I believe there are these sneaky clubs aka the gold pots and they’re in the places we least expect.
    If I’m going to travel to dance I make sure to go on a Wednesday or even Sunday. It’s not a good idea to audition on a Friday or Saturday. Seems a bit desperate and staff are busy and even sometimes you wouldn’t be able to work because schedules are up.
    I’d love to try Vegas one day. Definitely when I explore the south west! In the West id take flights but here in the northeast I’m driving from state to state with my bestie.
    Anyways, I hope we can connect and share traveling stories! I’m planning tons of content and a blog for my upcoming road trip.

    Cheers,

    Porscha ��
  4. Skincity's Avatar
    Great post. I've heard many story's from other girls working Las Vegas, hit or miss usually.

    I appreciate your detailed story and suggestions.
  5. pistike's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PorschaTravels
    Thank you girl! I finally became a member I love this site.
    I feel like we need a lot more of these breakdowns; theyíre super helpful! I will do one too. I love how you mention booking model gigs, thatís a genius idea. How can you make money traveling? Iím definitely working on that so thank you for mentioning model mayhem. Iíd also use CL, backstage, Mandy, care.com, etc. I bought camera equipment and a laptop, so Iíd post that Iím available in the area if someoneís looking for a photographer or producer. I also love kids and cooking and just helping others so Iíd use care.com to find work. I can think of many other ways to make money while traveling. How about you, how can you make money traveling?
    I travel and dance but I like to stay away from major cities (while I work on my body). Because of that I ended up in a Jewish town in Jersey making $ 2-3 even 4,000 on a weekend. I believe there are these sneaky clubs aka the gold pots and theyíre in the places we least expect.
    If Iím going to travel to dance I make sure to go on a Wednesday or even Sunday. Itís not a good idea to audition on a Friday or Saturday. Seems a bit desperate and staff are busy and even sometimes you wouldnít be able to work because schedules are up.
    Iíd love to try Vegas one day. Definitely when I explore the south west! In the West id take flights but here in the northeast Iím driving from state to state with my bestie.
    Anyways, I hope we can connect and share traveling stories! Iím planning tons of content and a blog for my upcoming road trip.

    Cheers,

    Porscha ��
    hello , can I ask you which town in nj was that gold spot? I live in nj currently dance in Manhattan, but its not good for me anymore, I need a change. I would appreciate your help! thanks. ANNA
  6. pistike's Avatar
    absolutely great post! this site needs more diaries like this! this what this site supposed to be about sharing real life experiences about trying clubs and help others! thanks for sharing, it helped me a lot!
  7. Winged Dinghy's Avatar
    Hi Porscha, pistike and Skincity--glad this post was helpful!