Plan to arrive in Las Vegas Monday through Friday, as you won’t be able to do the necessary paperwork on the weekend. Also start early in the morning, even though it’s Las Vegas, these government offices are only open during normal business hours.
When you come to Las Vegas, be sure to bring the following: 2 forms of ID (Driver’s License, State Issued ID, Social Security Card, Military ID, DD214, US Passport, Certificate of Naturalization, Baptismal Certificate, and Alien ID ) If you are under 25, a state-issued birth certificate is also required. This is non-negotiable, you won’t get a bailiff card without it. If you were not born in the United States, you must bring one of the following: Certificate of Naturalization; US Passport, US Birth Certificate; Golden alien identification card.
Research clubs online and make a list of places you’d like to work. If you are over 21, you can work at any club in Las Vegas. If you are between 18 and 20 years old, do not despair! You can still work, but you’re limited to full strip clubs that don’t serve alcohol.
When you arrive in Las Vegas, you will need to go to any club and get a signed referral form. You will need this proof of reference to get what is called the Las Vegas Sheriff’s Card. Basically, it is just a state-issued identification card for people who work in the casino and entertainment industry. The club you get the recommendation at doesn’t have to be the same one you plan to work at; you just need the paperwork. Just walk up and tell them you are a dancer looking for a job and would like a recommendation sheet for a sheriff’s card. You hear this often, and some places will even have a packet ready to give you all the information. Do not be discouraged if the first club does not give you the papers. Strippers are a dime a dozen in Vegas, and many times the person you ask for paperwork from is too lazy to get up and look for it. Move on to the next club. Allow an hour or two if you are not familiar with the city of Las Vegas and where the clubs are located, to drive around and get this referral form.
Please note that it does not matter which club you get the recommendation sheet from. You don’t have to work there! Once you have your Sheriff card, you can audition at any club you like. For many years, Cheetah’s was known to be the easiest club to get the recommendation sheet from. The girl at the door had a bunch of them and they were handing out hundreds a day. Over time, it became all too well known that Cheetah’s handed out referral forms…so everyone went there first and then never worked there again! As a result they stopped giving referrals at the door and now you have to talk to a manager.
Bring your two forms of identification, birth/naturalization certificate if necessary, signed reference sheet, and $45 to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Fingerprinting Office. It’s in the western suburbs of Mandalay Bay, near Russell Road, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The address is: 5880 Cameron St Las Vegas, NV (702) 828-3271
Bring a book or magazine and be prepared to wait at least an hour and a half for fingerprints and background checks. If you have outstanding warrants or an extensive criminal record, you will most likely be denied your sheriff’s card. If you are approved, you will not have to go through this process again for five years.
Now that you have your work card, you will need a business license. You can obtain your Nevada state business license from the Department of Revenue.
The two locations are:
Grant Sawyer Office Building 555 E. Washington Ave Suite 1300 Las Vegas, Nevada
2550 Paseo Verde Suite 180 Henderson, Nevada 89074
You can go to either of the two places. The cost of a business license is $200 and is valid for one year. You will be issued a temporary license that you can use immediately and a permanent copy will be mailed to you.
Bring your work card and temporary business license to the club where you want to work. Most Las Vegas strip clubs are open twenty-four hours. The main night shifts start at 21:00, so go to the club at that time to get hired. Since there are so many girls showing up daily to be hired, many of the clubs don’t force you to change out of your street clothes for the audition. Rather you are evaluated based on your appearance in your street clothes, so look sexy! Most clubs have their own dress code rules and will tell you what those rules are. Some are robe clubs, others you can wear whatever costume you want.
The club will make a copy of your business license and will want to see your sheriff’s card. You will need to show your sheriff’s card every time you report to work. Some clubs will add a barcode sticker to the back of the card, other clubs use fingerprint recognition software to identify you when you enter the club. You should also keep a copy of your business license in your bag, just in case. Be sure to renew your business license every year. You will receive paperwork in the mail reminding you to do this.
Getting naked in Las Vegas is a completely different experience than getting naked in other metropolitan cities. The supply and demand of this industry is somewhat unique to Las Vegas. Because clubs are bigger and have more staff, it means you have more bad dancers. It’s just the Pareto Principle (80/20 Rule) exemplified through bigger numbers. It’s harder to see the effects of this in a club with 20 dancers, but in a club with 250, it’s more obvious. THIS is why there are guys who let the dancers go or turn their backs on the tip-rail. It’s because in a club with 200 dancers, there are 160 of them who have no idea what to do right to make customers want to buy. As a result, you have guys who have been stalked by seven or eight girls who “want to dance” before you show up. As a result, they tend to be more demanding and sometimes more aloof in finding the right girl to spend their money with.
Unlike your local club, you won’t be able to choose the music for your stage. In fact, many artists choose to pay extra to NOT have to go on stage. There are different philosophies as to why this might be beneficial. In some clubs there are so many girls that there are not many customers looking at the stages. For every song you’re on stage, you could be selling a lapdance. In other clubs, the stage tip is very good; so it pays to be in the rotation. Use your best judgement.
Many of the clubs post a convention schedule in the locker room. You can access this schedule online. Some of the biggest conventions of the year are Consumer Electronic Show and The Adult Video Network in January, World of Concrete and MagicOnline in February, March Madness and ConExpo every 3 years in March, NAB in April, ICS in May, Gentlemen’s Club Expo in August and SEMA in November.
Also, cross hotel room rates for higher priced casinos like Bellagio, Wynn, and Venetian. Whenever there is an abnormal increase in room rates, it reflects a higher demand for hotel rooms.