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Shoutout Atlanta 2020 Interview

(Shoutout Atlanta 2020 Interview–reprint of the article)

September 1, 2020 – Shoutout Atlanta featured Handy Entertainment

We had the good fortune of connecting with Jan Levie and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jan, how does your business help the community or world?

At Handy Entertainment, we say “Everybody is at the table,” and mean it. Diversity and inclusion are the foundation of what we do. Some of the ways we address inclusion and diversity are in hiring. A year ago in March we began partnering with the Bobby Dodd Institute to build meaningful positions for people with disabilities. There are many kinds of disabilities–some that are obvious, and some that fall under the radar. Under- and unemployment are extremely high in the disabled community. Something as simple as maintaining eye contact in an interview, or only having the stamina to work a certain number of hours a day makes finding meaningful employment particularly difficult for people with disabilities. The work we create demands flexibility. That flexibility gives us the nimbleness to adapt not only what we do, but also how we can structure work. Another way to build diversity and inclusion is by making what we do accessible to more people. Our first cancellation due to the pandemic was to be our first event implementing American Sign Language. We wanted to underscore the importance of accessibility in the events industry. While submitting for grants and funding in April, I discovered that out of 19 employees, 17 were women, minorities, LGBTQ+, disabled, veterans, or a combination. The vast majority of businesses we partner with are owned by women, minorities, LGBTQ+ folk, veterans, or again, a combination. How did we create this environment? With intention. We’ve been members of the OUT Georgia Business Alliance (formerly Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) since 2012, back before it was cool. I remember a conversation with my business consultant when I’d told him I was putting the AGLCC logo on my website. He said, “That might cause you to lose business.” I replied, “That’s too bad. That’s not the kind of business I want.” That’s the bottom line. What are your values? How do you treat people? Do you stand up for what you believe in? Do you stand up for others? Everybody is at the table.

What is it that you do? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

What We Do. You are celebrating a milestone and sharing the most precious minutes and hours of your life with us. For corporate events, the stakes are equally high. We are given an awesome, rare, and daunting task–create meaningful and engaging entertainment that is unique and personal. Your event might call for customized Lip Cards, special costumes, messaging, or take-aways. Every one of our events and activations focus on creating a welcoming environment, putting people at ease, and connecting them with meaningful interactions. Our challenge is to produce an event that meets your needs that you’ve shared with us and even the ones you haven’t told us. What we do is similar to baking a different kind of cake for each event using different ingredients and a vision. As the world becomes more and more efficient and technology plays an increasingly prominent role in everything we do, my job is to create human connections. We bring people together and share a moment with them that is real, that is tangible, and is about them. That’s the bottom line–there is NO one recipe. That is what we love and what keeps me up at night.

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Cirque du Soleil Lip Print Analysis

Why Would Cirque du Soleil Hire Us?

Why would Cirque du Soleil hire us for their VIP Opening Night, pre-show entertainment?

Well–why would Cirque du Soleil hire us? If I were looking for people to truly engage with my guests to let them know how much I value them, I’d certainly choose us!

Who would you hire?

From the moment guests arrived to the moment the show starts, we engage them. Is there anything in the world more fascinating than finding out about your traits, abilities, and talents? We didn’t think so! All that delivered in a beautiful, personalized fashion–Lip Print Analysis.

How does Lip Print Analysis work?

Lip Print Analysis is so simple, so sweet, so elegant, fun, and captivating–your lips + a swoosh of lipstick, a daub, press, or kiss on the card (or something else!) and voilá–you suddenly get insights that you wish you’d had years ago.

Save time and money

Be a Rock Star at your next event. Wow your Boss. Blow your guests away with the most fun they’ve ever had.

When was the last time people were swooning with delight over your event?

Why do people tend to do the same (yawn) stuff over and over? Fear.

Trust us. We’ve got your back. Need help? We’ll give you the help you need or point you in the direction of someone who can help.

In conclusion

You have a million choices. It’s your time to shine. Ask us how we can help you make your next event the best you’ve ever had!

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Traditions!

 Traditions!

Traditions! What are yours?

I don’t know about you, but when I throw a party, or have an event, it’s about sharing what I love and showing my guests how much they mean to me. Making them happy makes me happy.

You know how traditions start, right? Somebody does something, and then, for whatever reason, another person does it, and then it starts taking on momentum.

Before you know it, the “Roast Syndrome” sets in.

What’s the “Roast Syndrome”?

A boy was helping with the cooking for the holiday meal. He watched his Dad cut off a good 2” chunk off of the roast and put it aside. 

“Why did you do that?” the boy asked, puzzled. “Well, that’s how Grandma always did it,” his Dad answered said. “But why did SHE do it?,” the boy asked. “That’s a great question! Let me give her a call right now and find out why.” So the man called his Mom.

His Mom answered that she did it because her roasting pan was very small so it could fit in the tiny oven they had in their first home. Otherwise, the roast didn’t fit!

Lesson learned. Nowadays I need to know why it’s a tradition.

Your Traditions

Sometimes it’s what we eat–for example, what is the dish that your family traditionally eats to bring luck for the New Year? Ours was stuffed cabbage, here in the U.S. South, Hoppin’ John is a thing,

Soba Noodles are ‘it’ in Japan, and carp or other fish in many countries.

Some traditions are all about the kind of clothing you wear (or don’t wear, for that matter!) for special celebrations.

Maybe it’s the way you were taught to speak to your elders, a special way to address them to show your respect. For example, ‘Ma’am’ and ‘Sir’ in the Southeastern U.S.  are ostensibly an indication that you come from a good family.

Some of the ways we’ve incorporated our clients’ traditions into their events is by taking a good, thorough look at what matters to you and your people. Sometimes it’s all about making every. single. element. unique. We can do that. It might be about giving your guests a special message, like when Cirque du Soleil hired us give  their VIP opening night guests Lip Print Analysis and add a brief message that they would “find the rest of their destiny under the Big Top!”

There are so many beautiful touches you can add to your event to make it about YOU. How about sharing fortune cookies that not only  give your guests the fortune you chose for them,  but also thank them for coming?!

Check out how we created traditions to for families at the Atlanta Party Connection‘s Bar & Bat Mitzvah Expo!

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Chattahoochee Nature Center & Weddings

Chattahoochee Nature Center & Weddings

What does the Chattahoochee Nature Center have to do with weddings? Many couples choose the ‘Center’ because of it is so close to nature and such a beautiful place.

Others choose it because of the freedom they get to make their wedding about them. The Center lets you bring your own vendors! That, along with its reasonable prices, make it hard to pass up. For other couples, it’s the warm, welcoming, and incredibly diverse staff that make the Center so special.

It’s hard to believe that you smack dab in the heart of Roswell–the birds, trees, flowers always make me feel like I’ve landed on a magical oasis.

Between the restaurants, galleries, shops, music, and theater in the downtown square, your guests might be hard-pressed to want to go to downtown Atlanta.

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is an amazing environment to host just about any kind of event–Mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate retreats. It is truly a venue that lets you do you.

We love the fact that we’re able to interact with people in a safe environment. Add our Contact-Free Entertainer Booth to your next event if you want to see some people swooning with joy!

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