MAAP Member Spotlight February 2015
Jan Harlin Levie
Jan Harlin Levie is an entertainer at HandyEntertainment.XYZ, Event Entertainment.
Q. What do you do?
A. My name is Jan Harlin Levie and we are HandyEntertainment.XYZ, Event Entertainment. We entertain. Our clients are creative and innovative rule-breakers, brilliant and elegant. They are whimsical, piercingly intellectual, fierce and imbued with a singular sense of humor. We show people a side of themselves that they never knew existed, help them discover options and gifts they had never dreamt of. We tell fortunes through palm reading, Tarot cards, LipsReadings™, Chocolate LipsReadings™, handwriting analysis, wax castings, tea leaves, coffee cup readings and more. We can provide strolling entertainment, capture client data at trade shows and conventions, interact in German and French, and put everyone at ease. We collaborate on multimedia projects, live performance art and productions for very simple parties as well. We utilize costume and props to enhance the theme of your event or production. We are fully licensed and insured and your satisfaction is guaranteed.
Q. Why do you do it?
A. I love what I do. I get to help people celebrate their most monumental moments, to use elements of theater, design, writing, light, technology, music — just to name a few. I get to make things all the time!
Q. Where have you lived and which city was your favorite?
A. I’m from Indianapolis, Ind., and have made Atlanta my home. I also lived in Laguna Beach, Calif., Bloomington, Ind., and New York City, as well as London, Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin. I have dreams about Amsterdam and Laguna, but Berlin and Paris are part of me.
Q. What do you wish everyone knew about your industry?
A. I wish everyone knew that there are no limits in the entertainment industry. It’s the same way I feel about the world.
Q. What do you wish you knew 15 years ago?
A. That there would be a moment when my family and friends who are LGBT&Q would no longer be marginalized, and that the words “and Allies” would become part of the name of an LGBT organization! I am so proud to be counted, too! Knowing that learning the rudiments of writing code is not akin to hacking off my right arm would’ve been helpful to know. …
Q. What music are you listening to now?
A. The Five Browns and the cellist Ernst Reijsiger.
Q. What are you reading?
A. I’m a serial reader — been plugging away at Bob Dickinson’s “Selling the Sea,” Seth Godin’s “The Icarus Deception,“ and Alan Morinis’ “Everyday Holiness,” and my fave blog, “Barking up the Wrong Tree” by Eric Barker.
Q. What’s your favorite thing about Atlanta?
A. The TREES, the greenery and THE BELTLINE!
Q. What’s the best advice you ever got?
A. “Everybody cooks with water” and “Just do it!”
Q. In the Hollywood adaptation of your story, who plays you?
A. Johnny Depp.