GETTIN' JIGGY WITH IT: I've been working as a bouncer for about eight years. When I was introduced to Mark Barnes, who's now owner of Dream, it was to work the door of Republic Gardens part time; somehow it evolved into a full-time gig. Since then, I've worked at the Saint, Fur, Club 23 -- the list goes on. Honing my people skills has really paid off: I rarely have a problem keeping the wrong people out and getting clubgoers to pay for their evening.
QUEUE UP: No one wants to stand in line. And if there's a possibility to party with Sean Puffy Combs, Jamie Foxx, Beyonce or Wyclef, people want to get in that much quicker. Rule number one: Be polite to the guy at the door. If you're polite, I'll do whatever I can to get you in. But if you're rude outside, that's generally how you'll behave once you're inside -- that kind of behavior only gets worse with alcohol, and that's how fights start. My job is to make certain you don't get through in the first place. Rule number two: If you like to go out, get to know the people who work at the clubs, whether it's the bouncer, the bartender or the owner. We like to take care of regulars -- though none of us can get that beautiful brunette to go home with you.
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CRAZY 'BOUT A SHARP-DRESSED MAN: I've worked the front door just about everywhere, from a celebrity-filled Super Bowl party in Miami to parties in town with the locals. There is a specific dress code, and it varies from city to city. For example, in Los Angeles, you dress to impress. Locally, you can probably get away with jeans if you have on a nice shirt and shoes, but unless you have celebrity status, you most likely won't get in wearing a sweat suit or Timberlands. Ball caps or trucker hats are okay, but no skull or stocking caps. Other than that, dress in what makes you feel good. And let's face it: It's easier for a woman to get into a club than a man, because if there are women, there'll be groups of men wanting to get in, too.
AULD LANG SYNE: New Year's Eve is a tough night to get into any club, especially if you don't want to pay. Generally speaking, though, most partiers behave themselves. They're all dressed up and have paid a lot of money to get in, so the last thing that any of them want is to start trouble. Of course, if I had the night off -- which no one who works in a club ever does -- I'd be sleeping! As told to Karen Hart
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