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Shoutout Atlanta 2020 Interview - The Giving Skirt blowing bubbles

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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GWBC Open for Business-Girl enjoying Lip Print Analysis

How to read lips

How to Read Lips

Sigh. We’re slammed. Grateful, happy, but super busy. For those of you who want to do Lip Print Analysis (lip reading) at your upcoming event, and you weren’t able to book us, you’re going to have to put in some elbow grease—and get some lipstick!

How to do Lip Print Analysis for your next event

The most important thing is that you welcome people and help them feel at ease. I mean, how weird is it to get a Lip Print Analysis? 

[Answer: Not at all.]

What you’ll need:

Equipment-

Get paper, vellum, linen, porcelain—get a material that will hold and show a lip print.

We hand make cards for our clients’ events. Nobody expects you to do that, right?

Your lipstick should be creamy and have pigment. Chanel is my go-to, I love MAC and Dior, but for the right shade and consistency, I am willing to try other brands. Oh, and did I say NARS??

Ask me about how much I spend on lipstick annually. Not pretty!

Applicators—use something nice that fits your theme.

Lipsticks—why not give each guest their own lipstick (that is what a wonderful corporate client did recently!), or make samples for each one.

Makeup remover—very useful, especially if the guy doesn’t think the color suits him. In this day and age, you will want to have individually packaged makeup removers.

A mirror—‘nuff said. Make sure it is clean and bonus points if it is a magnifying mirror.

Design:

Lighting. You want to see. Your guests want to see. Check that your lighting is ample and illuminates their application process AND let’s you be able to see their print!

Go design and make, buy, or rent a costume that fits your theme, as well as props.

Woo-hoo (you know you want to know😊):

Nitty-gritty truth—embrace your inner intuitive, mystic, fortune-telling self—what is the first impression you have of the print? Are there symbols in-, above-, around-, or under the print?

In general (there are always outliers) the upper lip denotes your analytic side, while the lower one is all about emotional life. How the lips come together (or not) at the corners, the size of the opening between them, the clarity the small lines, dots and bumps, where they fall and how they relate to the whole print will show tension, joy, disputes, important conversations, the whole gamut of a personality. Which lip is dominant?

Is the print blurry? That may indicate someone pressured, or inattentive, anxious, or just in a hurry. Does part of the print seem weak or missing? Which part? What does that relate to? Are there images embedded in it?

Compare that to a delicate, detailed print with what appears to be thousands of finely etched lines. This can show a great sense of organization, or a tendency to compartmentalize, or even someone who distances themself by using their fastidious nature.

What a lip print analysis is all about:

Your job is to uplift, enlighten, educate, and bring joy. If you can’t do that, then go do the dishes or something else. 

We never see negative. Truly, really, and whole-heartedly, there is a greater good in each person, in each moment, and your job is to find that good and share it with the giver.

Maybe there is a tendency that needs to be nurtured, or a something they can do to get out of their own way. Maybe an unrecognized skill, or talent. 

No matter what, you can always find that seed of greatness, their potential, their commitment, loving nature, 

Oh, and you can only see what someone permits you to see—that means if someone doesn’t want a reading, you won’t be able to give them a reading. Interesting, right?

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How to palm read at your own party

How to Palm Read at Your Own Party

How to Palm Read at Your Own Party

How to palm read at your own party is the real guide to giving great readings. Throw on a ‘schmatta.’ (‘Schmatta’ literally means old rag in Yiddish, but refers to some wonderful costume here.) 

Wash your hands with soap and warm water. Wash really well. Dry them with a fresh towel. Completely dry.

Ask to only be of good to all.

Ask people toss their hands (both of them) into the air and hold them at the count of three.

The Most Important Step of How to Palm Read

Watch. Closely. Are you working with a Rule Breaker? Or Maybe a Rule Maker? 

Are they clumsy? Stylistically gifted? What about scared sh*tless? Take their hands as you share this newly gleaned knowledge. You might’ve already spilled the beans, giggling or chortling while they tried to put their hands up in the air.

What do you notice?

Truly, what do you feel, or see or NOTICE first? Is it temperature, weight, color, dryness or sweatiness, smoothness, roughness, delicate shape, flexibility, rigidity, strength, tension? 

Gently feel the person’s hand, push and pull. Notice if the lines of the palms match. Are the hands even? Is the person left or right handed? 

Look for any markings that catch your eye. 

Check out those nails! Functional or for display? Check for lines, creases, pits in the nails. 

Are the nails the same shape, color, and condition? Look at the splay of the fingers when they are relaxed. Eyeball the angle of the thumb to the palm, note which finger seems strongest. Do the fingers curl back slightly, are they touching? When the hands are relaxed and facing up, note if there is concave hollow or an area that protrudes or predominates. A blister, cut, mole, spot—they’re all in. Sometimes you might want to enquire if something is dirt or chocolate.

The question is less about what the traits and circumstances of a person are, and more what they choose to do with them.

What does all of this mean?

The traits embodied in our hands are a distillation of our character, tendencies, and destiny. We create our own destinies in every action, word, raised eyebrow, leap, or snicker. Choose your words wisely. You are here to uplift and inspire.

When you’re done, you should wash your hands in cold water up to the elbows. Let me know how it goes!

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How to support your mission:Acrobat & Bearded Lady at SOJOURN GSD's Cirque du so Gay

Support your Mission

Support your mission

Support your mission with meaningful entertainment–it can be shockingly simple and cost-effective. 

How we highlighted the intersectionality between SOJOURN GSD, its supporters, and those they hoped to reach.

We initially launched Zoltar for SOJOURN GSD’s annual fundraiser.

Your organization likely uses marketing and advertising to reach your supporters. There are better ways to raise funds and share your message. Here is what we did for one organization.

The theme was “Cirque du So-Gay.” In addition to Burlesque Aerial Acts, Zoltar gave guests handwriting analysis along with a Zoltar card. All in all, there were  eight different Zoltar card messages. 

Each Zoltar card explained a specific issue and how SOJOURN GSD had addressed it. So many guests told us how much the cards explaining how SOJOURN impacts lives meant to them.

They were proud to better understand how their support made SOJOURN’s work possible: the peer outreach programs, anti-bullying presentations, counseling services, and education for pupils and institutions. It made it easy for them to share the message with others.

What does your non-profit really do? We can help your supporters become your biggest advocates. Ask us how we can help you translate what you really do into a tangible takeaway that will engage your guests in a meaningful way.

 

 

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