Birthdays by Mandy
www.birthdaysbymandy.com or email@example.com
Owner and Entertainer, Mandy Julson
Located in Des Moines, but serving all of central Iowa
My name is Mandy and I entertain. I especially love to entertain children because they entertain me back. I have loved entertaining and children since I was a child. At the early age of seven, I appeared on stage for the first time in a children’s musical called Free to be You and Me at ACTORS, Inc. in Ames, Iowa. My mother was the director and my father, sister and brother joined me on the stage. I guess it’s not too hard to see why I caught the acting bug (and caught it bad). From there, I continued to do the big musical every spring at ACTORS until Middle School. After that, no one could stop me from auditioning and acting in every play or musical I could find! And I didn’t just act. I designed costumes, I did make-up, I designed sets and lights, I did quick costume changes and eventually I became a director. By the time I reached college, I had performed in over 30 plays and worked on the crews of many others.
I continued my theatre education in college and was eventually drawn to the Big Apple at the age of 21. In New York, I studied acting at The Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting, a NYU Tisch School of the Arts studio, for two years, where I was taught by some of the greatest teachers in show business. However, my simple life in Iowa drew be back, and in the year 2000, I returned to Ames to finish my degree at Iowa State University. After graduating from ISU with a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts, I joined the education team at The Des Moines Playhouse in Des Moines, where I have been teaching drama to children of all ages ever since.
Along the way, I have acted in many other plays and films in Ames and Des Moines and I have taught drama at Valley High School, Ames Middle School, Des Moines preschools and at schools in Johnston, Ankeny and West Des Moines. I have directed two children’s plays at ACTORS; Peter Pan and The Hobbit, with children from the age of 8 to 18. I also costumed these two plays.
A little over fourteen months ago I gave birth to my son, Evan. For his first year of life I have stayed at home with him. I have been honored to do so, but on his first birthday, I realized that I needed to create my own entertainment business in order to share my years of theatrical experience. That is where Birthdays by Mandy comes in! I have joined my theatrical expertise with my genuine love for children and education to create a business that not only brings joy to the children of central Iowa, but can also bring some much needed relief to busy parents, harried by the whole birthday party planning fiasco!
As a mom myself, I saw that planning a great birthday party is often on the mind of moms everywhere and I want to help these fellow moms out, by providing fun and quality entertainment for their children and guests, while at the same time, providing help with all of the details, including the cake, decorations, the sometimes dreaded party favors, table ware, and more. Once providing me with the overall theme for the party, the mom can “let go” so to speak and trust that the party is in good hands. I truly want to bring joy to the joy of your life.