Melissa Reign

Melissa Samaniego

Venue of Employment: Tao Nightclub 

Job Title: Cocktail Server

Instagram Handle: @melissareign


If not originally from Las Vegas, where did you move here from? 

San Francisco 


How did you start working in the nightlife or hospitality industry? Give a brief work history / background.

I started off years ago as a go-go dancer in Hollywood, and like other go-go dancers from Hollywood, I tried my luck in Vegas! 


Now that you are working in the industry, what is different about your lifestyle?

Long nights, late mornings and being up really late for absolutely no reason. More time for activities!


What does a typical day at work look like for you and what is your “normal” schedule?

Starts at 10 and ends at maybe 4, and that’s every Thursday through Saturday. Otherwise I’m chillin 😊


How long does it take you to get ready for work?

About 1 hour, includes walking the dogs before I go 


How many nights a week do you go out (to a club)?

Maybe one or two other nights a week


Who is your favorite DJ/performer in the Las Vegas market right now?



What is your drink (alcoholic) of choice?



What is your secret cure to a hangover?

More champagne!


What was the longest timeframe you have stayed awake? When and why?

Probably 2 straight days from working two jobs 😭


What do you enjoy most about working in the nightlife or hospitality industry in Las Vegas?

Seeing some wild characters come out when the liquor goes in


What is your least favorite part about working in the nightlife or hospitality industry in Las Vegas?

The possibility of getting barfed on


If you were not working in nightlife or hospitality, what would you be doing?

Working with animals! I love animals. 


Do you have a mentor in the industry? If so, who? If not, who would you like to be mentored by?

Every single top seller in all the venues. I wanna pick their brains and learn their secrets. 


Craziest or most memorable experience working in the nightlife or hospitality industry in Las Vegas?

Working my first EDC!! It was such an insane weekend with all those visuals and the music and the energy was so contagious