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Richard & Elon

This is about Richard & Elon.

No. It’s really about taking action. It’s a post from April 1, 2021. It is called True Story because it is a true story.

I hope you enjoy it!

Full disclosure about yesterday’s newsletter–Happy April Fool’s Day!

However, I actually did reach out to Sir Richard and Virgin about eight years ago re entertaining on the Mars shuttle. His executive assistant contacted me. We discussed my offer and I presented my other idea: my concept for helping women develop micro-businesses along the lines of my business for their charity that help women in remote African villages develop sustainable livelihoods. I believe it was for https://www.evebransonfoundation.org.uk. It wasn’t what they were looking for. I’m telling you this to encourage you all to reach for the stars. Now go donate somewhere.

The Giving Kitchen–not a joke.

The Original Newsletter

Hello Friend !

Elon Musk and Sir Richard Branson are duking it out on more fronts than one. Spurred to action by consumer demand, they have just entered into a bidding war to keep their patrons and clients satisfied during what could be a tedious flight to Mars. No puddle-jumper this, the famous duo have locked arms in what will become the arm wrestling championship of all time: Who will win Handy Entertainment’s services for the trip to Mars?

APNews spoke with Jan Levie of Handy Entertainment about this turn in events. Here’s the low-down:

How It All Began

AP: Tell us, how did all of this start?

JL: I was busy answering my spam calls, typical Tuesday morning, looking for some ‘Smile Patrol’ entertainers for an event where people are known for getting wild and ignoring safety protocols. Richard called and said, “Have a minute, Jan?” “For you, always,” I said, swooning at the memories. Just then, a lead came in from Elon.

Richard was hell-bent on talking me into entertaining on the next Mars flight.

Elon said he and Grimes were sure they could make it worth my while to entertain on HIS upcoming Mars flight.

I told Elon that not only had Richard asked first, but that Richard and I go way back–how I’d pitched Richard on entertaining on the Mars space ship ages ago, and explained to Richard that I could only do domestic flights until I was done driving carpool.

AP: Carpool?

JL: Yes, I told Richard I needed the flexibility of domestic flights while I was the main source of transportation for my kids. We’re past that now, so I said—let’s do it! But I was holding out for a cute spacesuit-costume…

AP: What did Elon say?
JL: When I told Elon, he gave me the stink eye and said,

“We’ll see about that.” He can be really stubborn. AP&JL: Thank you!

Now, go back to the pink button at the top of the page which goes to The Giving Kitchen–no joke–they are helping thousands upon thousands of hospitality workers across the Southeast.

Happy Easter!

p.s. Ask us about our new line of fun, different, and useful Wedding Favors!

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Build a Contact-Free Booth

Build a Contact-Free Entertainer Booth

What Are You Building Your Booth for?

To build a contact-free entertainer booth, decide if it’s for one-time use or if you’re building it to last. Ours is built to last. It’s solid and structurally sound, easily assembled and disassembled, and made of high-quality components. The panels are solid wood and the entire structure is built on a base with casters. That makes it simple to easily reposition during an event.

Who Is It For?

Take into consideration the height of the booth. Who is your target audience? Can they access the secret trap door and see the entertainer? If you’re traveling with the booth, consider the average height in different countries. The window height in Scandinavia will be different then in Japan. Not generalizing, but we want to be specific to our clients’ needs and demographics when we show up.

Lighting can make your booth stand out. On a trade show floor, we’ll set the LED colors to differentiate ourselves from the other booths and the overall design of the hall.

It’s All in the Details!

What size booth are you aiming for? We’d recommend enough space for one entertainer to be able to move or sit comfortably in the booth. Ours is 84.7″ h x 35″ w x 21″ d, which keeps it pretty Handy😁!

To make your booth contact-free, you’ll need a communication system, a barrier of some sort, and a way to share items with attendees. Even though there are lots of options, we built a trap door into the booth base, about 2 feet from the ground. This lets us surprise guests and make sure our smallest guests can be part of the action!

Other Things to Consider

How fragile is your booth in terms of shipping? Is shipping necessary for long hauls? How much does it weigh? Will it safely fit into a vehicle and be protected from the elements? How long will it take to set up and break down? How much power will you need? Is a step stool necessary to set it up? Will you use curtains? Signage? What materials will you use? How will you suspend or attach them? Will you make general announcements from the booth? Do you have a microphone? How about an air purification system? Sunshield? Sandbags? Will your costumed entertainer need heating or a fan?

Even More Details

Word to the wise: If you are working in the great out-of-doors in the Southeast from March to October, don’t forget your insect repellent, sunscreen, and water! Cooling vests and cooling cloths are also really helpful.

Oh, and as you can tell by the video, setting up the booth is very quick😉!

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FedEx Small Business Grant

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest has launched and I am so happy to share that we were selected as part of it! Please vote for us and help us win so we can help you stay connected! You can vote once a day (every day!) between March 10-24, 2021.

Thank you so much! Share with your colleagues, friends, and family!

VOTE HERE!

Some of the ways we would use this grant are:

Training and hiring more people with physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities

Continue building more activations like our Contact-Free Entertainer Booth launching more of our ‘Good Cops’ (ask us!)

Hybrid Lip Kits to keep you and your loved ones safe and happy, either virtually, or as part of your in-person event!

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