Downtown Denizen: Nina Rodriguez

Downtown Denizen: Nina Rodriguez

Nina Rodriguez
Marketing Team, Downtown Project

If you won $100 million, what would you buy first?
Knowing me, I would be hungry. So I would probably go to McDonald’s, order a chicken nugget happy meal, and then figure out how I would spend the other $99,999,996.01.

What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?
Much like Batman, I used to have a daytime identity and a nighttime identity. Except, instead of being a dashing billionaire by day, I was a preschool teacher; and instead of fighting crime by night, I was a go-go dancer.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Moving, but more so surviving in New York City. It made me stronger, taught me that life will pass you by if you just don’t look up, and that the subway never works when you need it to. (I♡NYC)

If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?
A Real Housewife of :insert any city here:. It’s literally a day of eating brunch, shopping, and talking about Kim’s drinking problem. Please sign me up.

If you had to choose just one place to vacation every year for the rest of your life, where would it be?
I know it sounds silly, but New York City. That way I would be guaranteed to see my best friends at least once a year.

Who was your childhood celebrity crush? 
Two words: Zach Morris.

The last concert you attended?
Britney Spears, more commonly known as “Godney.”

Do you have a favorite quote or saying that inspires you?
“Make statements also applies to us women: Speak in statements instead of apologetic questions. No one wants to go to a doctor who says, “I’m going to be your surgeon? I’m here to talk to you about your procedure? I was first in my class at Johns Hopkins, so?” Make statements, with your actions and your voice.”

-Tina Fey, Bossypants

If you could give one piece of advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?
It’ll be tough, but you’re gonna be okay.

In one sentence, what does the future of Downtown Las Vegas look like to you?
As someone who lives in downtown, works in downtown, and works for downtown, I hope that the future of downtown will embody the rich history, eclectic tastes, and creativity of a Vegas that is too often overshadowed by bright lights and slot machines.