Residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, Ami Julieanna Orto has spent her professional life as a body double, runway and print model, belly dancer, and spokesperson. Recently, I talked to her about her professional endeavors.
Q. Ms. Orto, what opportunities have you found in Las Vegas?
A. Since Las Vegas is such a crucial part of this country’s entertainment industry, there are numerous opportunities for people who want to perform. Casinos, convention centers, stage shows, and even films seek individuals to fulfill important functions in productions.
Q. How have you put your talents to use at a casino?
A. For a period, I played Cleopatra at Caesars Palace. While portraying the Macedonian queen, I greeted and talked with guests while walking through the hotel’s attractions alongside a centurion and Julius Caesar. Cleopatra remains a fascinating figure for me. Despite the focus placed on her relationships with Caesar and Marc Antony, she acted as a strong woman devoted to improving her country in troubled times. She tragically killed herself before she was 40 through the poisonous bite of an asp. William Shakespeare wrote about her in his tragedy, Antony and Cleopatra. Additionally, actresses such as Elizabeth Taylor, Lynn Redgrave, and Claire Bloom have portrayed her in film and on television.
Q. What can you tell us about your work at conventions?
A. The Las Vegas Convention Center holds many events throughout the year. One of the biggest is the Consumer Electronics Show, which takes place every year in Las Vegas. The event is the world’s largest consumer electronics trade show. As a spokesperson and convention model, I provide ambiance at the show by talking to attendees about exhibits they might be interested in, handing out materials, and answering questions so that each year’s show can be better than the last.