About Us

Everybody Has a Story

Photo Jan Levie
Jan Levie

About Us

Here’s a little bit 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. It seemed so…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.

We are an Atlanta based SBA-certified, Woman-Owned Small Business. Our mission is to connect people at events. We are proud to work with people who are diverse and for people who welcome diversity.

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.

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.

Coda

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??!)

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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….

Our Values

SERVICE

We serve people well. Even more, we work with every kind of person. We are not event planners, but we can help you source what you need for your event through our trusted partners.

DIVERSITY

Our team looks like real people (ok, maybe some are wearing weird make-up and costumes!) because they are real people. We look beyond the surface to the individual so we can provide truly engaging entertainment. 

INCLUSION

We are proud to hire and train people who have physical, emotional, or intellectual disabilities. We can conduct an interview that sees past limitations and spotlights nascent abilities. Then we make the time and have the adaptability to tailor work to the individual.

FAQs

Readings can be as long or as short as you want. We can work with up to 30 people an hour, per entertainer. You should figure approximately 3-10 minutes per guest.

We also have assistants at larger events to help coddle, prep, and answer more of your guests’ questions. Events for 300-500 are what we typically do, but can easily scale to do an event for up to 1,500 guests.

Nope, we are licensed entertainers. People are amazed by the accuracy of our readings, but they can be totally absurd or silly, depending on what you want. Lip Readings – Chocolate Lip Readings – Coffee and Tea Leaf Readings – Tarot – Palm Reading – Interactive Handwriting Analysis–we connect people.

Zoltar Fortune Teller Booth (free human included), is our most popular item for corporate clients, particularly finance, technology and transportation.

Let Zoltar deliver your news, dividends, prizes, updates, missions, and clues. Use Interactive Handwriting Analysis to put your message on the walls.

You can use several entertainers at once. You can stagger different entertainers through your event. We can use staff to meet, explain, coddle, help, and prep your guests. We can make a cozy, defined space for you with our MicroEnvironment.

Choose decor, props, and furniture to design a space. Create a central entertainment area. Have us stroll, or let us ‘table-hop.’ Use entertainers to enhance ‘flow’–where you get guests to move to an overlooked area at your venue. You can use entertainers to move the crowd to a different area.

We arrive fully costumed according to your specifications.

Some characters:

  • Gypsy Fortune Teller reading palms
  • 18th century Lady interpreting Tarot
  • Neo-Goth Punk reading coffee  cups
  • Little Miss Muffet belting your fortune in lyric form
  • Corporate Quirky doing all of the above!

Event packages range in price based on the type of entertainment chosen, number of performers, location, holidays, day and time, and length of the event. Contact us so we can create the perfect package just for you!

We are fully licensed and insured, and guarantee complete satisfaction.

Professional Affiliations

Discover Atlanta Logo
WBENC-certified SBA WOSB logo
Wedding International Professionals Association Logo
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Venue Partners

Just a few of the many venues with whom we’ve worked.

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