With 5,000 people moving here each month, somebody had to spill the beans!

#139: See Scott Stay Out Late. See Melissa Talk to Scott. Run Scott, Run.

February 7, 2012

After reviewing a few critical interview tips after Scott’s first talk with an applicant for the VVN apprentice job (yikes), we spot the drunkest girl EVER and engage in a high-velocity chat about the late-night habits of one of your hosts.

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June 25, 2010

When we first moved to Las Vegas, a trip to The Strip would occasionally include bumping into some form of street performing Elvi (the plural for Elvis, I believe) or showgirl.  You see them downtown as well. You get your picture taken with them, and then give ‘em a tip as thanks. 

Have you ever wondered how much these folks make?

Me, too.

The local Fox news station did a short story on street performers — about how they’ve gone from Elvis and showgirls to KISS’ Gene Simmons, Storm Troupers, Spiderman, and Austin Powers.  The gist of the piece was that some street vendors who sell a product are angry that the street performers don’t have to go through the same permit and licensing requirements as they do.  It’s an interesting debate, but what REALLY got my attention is how much a street performer can make.

According to “Gene”, he makes between $75 to $400 a day sticking a fake tongue in his mouth and posing for pictures.  For a five-day-a-week, fifty-weeks-a-year gig, that averages to $59,375.  But what REALLY REALLY got my attention is what the Storm Trouper makes.

The reported wrapped up the piece by saying that she heard the Storm Trouper “can make seven to eight hundred dollars. . .just amazing!”

What?!?!  $700-$800 a day?!?!?

Yep, go out and buy a Storm Trouper costume, and prepare yourself to make as much as $200,000 a year.

Which begs the question:

Do They Have Storm Trouper Costume in XL?

May the source (of revenue) be with you.

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September 8, 2009

Over the course of the last several weeks, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time working on a presentation I’m giving tomorrow for the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Series

Here’s a link to the session on the LV Chamber Website [Guess What?  Traditional Sales Techniques are Killing Your Bottom Line].

This past Sunday, I was reading the business section of the Las Vegas Review-Journal when I literally stumbled upon a quarter-page ad the Chamber ran for my session!  I had no idea!  A copy of the advertisement is below.  Kudos to the LV Chamber for spreading the word.


If you’re reading this and you’re in Las Vegas, I hope you’ll attend the session.  It is going to be packed with a ton of great ideas to help drive more revenue for you and your company.

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June 17, 2009

I just read that for the month of May, Nevada unemployment rate rose to 11.2%.  The previous high was 10.7% in December of 1982.

In Las Vegas, unemployment went from 10.4% in April to 11.1% in May, according to the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

There are about 155,000 Nevadans out of work.

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December 18, 2008

I just read that according to the folks at MGM Mirage, the company expects more the 100,000 applicants for the 12,000 positions that will be available to those of us that call (or want to call) Las Vegas our home.  And if you are already an MGM Mirage employee, you have a significant inside track on two fronts:

  1. About half of CityCenter employees will come from other MGM Mirage properties
  2. MGM Mirage employees will have about a three month head start over the general public in filling those CityCenter jobs

But what I find really interesting is that while MGM Mirage plans to hire 12,000 people (which is GREAT news), about 6,000 will be placed in other MGM Mirage properties.  The company plans to leverage the CityCenter opening to attract top-shelf applicants to MGM Mirage.

Want to be one of the 12,000?  Here’s the online application link: www.citycentercareers.com  If you’re not an MGM Mirage employee, you have to wait until January 5th, 2009 before you can get into the mix.

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60: Partying with Our Listeners at the First-Annual (monthly?) LiLV Listener Meetup

September 14, 2008

After finally having plenty of time to both physically recover and review and delete any discriminating photos/video/audio, today’s extended Living in Las Vegas Podcast looks back at the first-ever LiLV Listener Meetup, which took place at Trader Vic’s last month.  Show Notes (ADULT LANGUAGE):

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59: Tips on Finding a Job in Las Vegas: From a Senior Recruiter’s Perspective

August 12, 2008

Since moving to Las Vegas in August of 2005, we’ve seen unemployment as low as 3.8%.  But more recently, we’re looking at an unemployment rate of 6.7% here in the Las Vegas Valley.  From where we sit, that’s too damn high (and above the national average).  So, for today’s Living in Las Vegas Podcast, we offer some very specific tips on finding a job in Las Vegas (and beyond).  Show notes:

  • Weather/Pool Report: Hot and Dry, like my love and humor
  • JetBlue?  More like JetBlows.
  • Discovering Las Vegas with my Magellan 1412
  • Listener Meet Up on August 15 at 5PM at Trader Vic’s.  More InfoDrink Recommendation.
  • Check out the 2008 New Media Expo in Las Vegas (August 14-16)!
  • Construction on 215
  • Listener Audio: Show thoughts, baking cakes, and jewelry shows
  • Listener Email: Moving to Vegas, taking back her title, killing deer, garage doors, show suggestions
  • More LiLV Friends added!
  • Tip’s on Finding a Job in Las Vegas
    • Resumes
    • Networking
    • Job Boards (National and Local)
    • Interview (telephone, preparation for onsite, interview tips, follow up)
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