About us, and me, and a big welcome to you!
The Way Events Seemed
When I started Handy Entertainment, the focus was on creating connections between people. All the event entertainment I saw seemed to be the same things, done in the same ways. The events seemed so…boring, uneventful and predictable.
It became clear to me that there was a great need for event production and entertainment that was unique to each event, each host, each specific company. We delight people, bring them together and give them the time of their lives!
What I wanted
My passion is producing events and creating amazing event entertainment that captures who you are and what you value.
Why I do it
Handy Entertainment was founded on the principle that everybody is at the table–that we create a richer world by making diversity, equity, and inclusion an integral part of our company, and our events.
Handy Entertainment creates a welcoming environment for everyone. It is for our clients, our guests, and the people who work with us. We seek out and train people who have physical, intellectual, and emotional disabilities. Events are adaptable and we are nimble. This makes it possible to adapt positions to create a work environment where everyone can succeed.
What we love most is creating customized and engaging specialty event entertainment for corporate, social, and fundraising events.
We are not for everyone. As a matter of fact, we are not your low price leaders, nor are we your bad idea entertainment.
Need original, limited editions of interactive entertainment that connect people? We are your people.
Want to show who you really are to your guests? We are your people.
Education, the arts, technology, and multiculturalism are the basis of our work. We’ve expanded into artist representation, event production and design, and are proud to work with the best vendors in the world.
I look forward to working with you!
– Jan Levie, Owner, she/her
p.s. more ‘About Us’…the back story:
I started Handy in 2009. Fast forward to December 2021. I asked my favorite son if he knew why I started the business. His answer, “Because you wanted something to do?” “No,” I said, “I already had plenty to do.”
In 2009, he was nine years old and struggling. He was struggling in school, he was struggling socially, he absolutely was struggling at home, everywhere. The only thing we knew was that he had “stuff,” but we didn’t know what.
I took a deep breath and told my young adult boy that I’d started the business to make sure that no matter what he ended up being capable of doing, no matter what his diagnosis, we would find a way to create meaningful work for him and help him be able to earn a living.
Silence. He looked at me. He was astonished. Proud?
Then I asked him how he felt about that. He said he felt fine. A pause. “Why didn’t you tell me that before?” he asked. “I didn’t want to embarrass you.”
He said, “You should tell people that.” “I can’t,” I said, “it would be labelling you as someone who has “stuff.”
Laughing, he said, “I tell people I’ve just met that I have ‘stuff’ and that I struggle. Not as an excuse, but to explain why I do things the way I do.”
Then he told me to tell this story.
He has worked with Handy in various capacities over the years. All of them have been short, one-off jobs and projects, because, quite frankly, who wants to work for their Mom?
Throughout his school years, I met so many other kids, teens, and young adults really struggling to get a toe-hold. That’s how I got the idea to create jobs for people with physical, mental, and intellectual disabilities.
My Own Private Idaho
In answer to those questions you’re mulling over—yes, we know his diagnosis, at least most of them!
He’s extremely dyslexic, and dysgraphic. He has other ’stuff’ too, but let’s just say that he, too, has learned to expect the best and prepare for the worst—whether working in production, operations, manufacturing, documentation, performing, or repairs!
He just graduated with a certification for a skilled trade, They recruited him before he’d even graduated for a position that is classified and requires security clearance! (How cool is THAT??!)
Then there’s that other question people always ask–“How did your company get its name?” Inspiration hit me smack between the ears when I heard that Andrew Lloyd Weber‘s company was named ‘The Really Useful Group.’ Need I say more? This is turning into a chapter book….