Venue of Employment: Drais Afterhours Nightclub
Job Title: VIP Host
Instagram Handle: @Steven.DraisLV
If not originally from Las Vegas, where did you move here from?
Bay Area in California
How did you start working in the nightlife or hospitality industry? Give a brief work history / background.
My primary occupation was a Marketing Manager for Kellogg Company and as I side job. I started working Nightlife in 2014 at Taste Nightclub in Santa Clara, then Pure Nightclub in Sunnyvale.
Now that you are working in the industry, what is different about your lifestyle?
The industry is different here from the Bay Area market, but I’m still the same me. Just developed more personal growth and had to adapt to city. The hustle continues.
What does a typical day at work look like for you and what is your “normal” schedule?
A typical day? There is no “normal” schedule here in Vegas. The work is full clockwork to be successful. But as far as schedule goes. We’re scheduled 5pm-8pm, then 11pm-7am.
How long does it take you to get ready for work?
How many nights a week do you go out (to a club)?
I’m required to be in a club 6 out of the 7 days in the week.
Who is your favorite DJ/performer in the Las Vegas market right now?
I have to go with the Bay’s and Drais very own Dj Franzen. And for Afterhours the homie Sev-1. Outside my venue I’m going to have to roll with my friend, whom I call the “Princess of Vegas” DJ CLA & the Marshmello.
What is your drink (alcoholic) of choice?
D’ussé for the dark or Cîroc for the light.
What is your secret cure to a hangover?
Drink plenty of water during drinking. First and foremost to stay properly hydrated. If the hangover does arrive, sleep and coconut water.
What was the longest timeframe you have stayed awake? When and why?
Definitely 30+ Hours. Last fall leaving Afterhours, I caught a flight to Oakland for a Raider Game. And then came back to work an Afterhours shift.
What do you enjoy most about working in the nightlife or hospitality industry in Las Vegas?
Just having the strip in my own backyard is awesome. To create and build friendships and partnerships with fellow colleagues throughout the city. It’s also cool to have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and provide them the time of their lives and get paid off it.
What is your least favorite part about working in the nightlife or hospitality industry in Las Vegas?
Girls walking around barefoot.
If you were not working in nightlife or hospitality, what would you be doing?
With 9 years of Marketing Management under my belt, probably back to that just in a different field. If not I’ve always had interest in Law Enforcement or being a Sports Agent.
Do you have a mentor in the industry? If so, who? If not, who would you like to be mentored by?
Drais Afterhours very own Dre “DreR” Riddick I consider my mentor.
Craziest or most memorable experience working in the nightlife or hospitality industry in Las Vegas?
Craziest movement was hanging out with one of the local MLB ball players from back home making me take Bacardi 151 shots having an upset fiancé pick me up at Bourbon St. Bar around 11am from a night at “Afterhours.”