Michelle Prado-Galvez

Michelle Prado-Galvez

Venue of Employment: 1 OAK

Job Title: Model cocktail server

Instagram Handle: @Thisgypsiesoul


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

Sahuayo, Mexico


How did you start working in the nightlife or hospitality industry?

Give a brief work history / background. I was living in LA going to school and doing model promo work but wasn’t cutting it with paying the bills so someone recommended me to work at Hooters. I started serving at 19 and loved how easy, flexible, and fun it was and of course the money!


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

Being in the industry has given me opportunities that I would’ve not been able to experience before. I get to travel, afford things I didn’t think were possible, and treat myself and others around me. The downside is that I can never get enough sleep or down time, and I’ll always work on the weekends or holidays for as long as I’m a cocktail server, but it’s all worth it!


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

I’m pretty lucky with our 1OAK schedule, I work Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, with random events in between. A typical night isn’t very typical. Every table I serve is different with different vibes and personalities. You never know whatcha gonna get! I just focus on entertaining, making sure everyone is having a good time, selling, giving good service, and also making sure I have fun too! By the end of the night my feet ache, my wallet is fat and I’m ready for bed!!


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

I’ve mastered it down to under an hour.


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

I try to go out a few times a month. Rare DJ sets, different than the usual EDM in Vegas, get me out of the house.


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

I love Kygo, Duke Dumont, Jamie jones, and Rufus…Chill vibes style!


What is your drink (alcoholic) of choice?

Don Julio 1942 soda and limes


What is your secret cure to a hangover?

Resqwater if available. If not, 1 water per drink, and grub before bed… del taco seems to be the best.


What was the longest timeframe you have stayed awake?

When and why? A few weeks ago it started on Saturday day my older sister’s wedding rehearsal which led to working at night for 1oak, but had my sister’s wedding prep a few hours after getting off. The wedding went into the night, just in time for me to pull an all nighter and dance the night away at EDC!! Team no sleep. Work hard, family hard, party hard!


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

It feels like one big university! Whether I’m working, partying, or going to the store, I always see the same people who I call friends. I love my home town and it’s constant familiar faces, we’re all here making money and enjoying our lives to the fullest.


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

I guess you can say some people are stuck up because of the way we live, but I prefer to be more humble and genuine and love to have interests other than just go out every night.


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

I would probably be doing something with my degree in baking and pastry.


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

I get inspired by people who have worked in the industry and have opened up their own businesses or built their dream homes!


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

Watching Kaskade play an intimate set inside Intrigue’s vip room when I worked there was pretty cool.