It’s been 13 year since singer Casey Donovan took the crown as the winner of the second season of Australian Idol. The 28 year old beat crowd favourite Anthony Callea and went on to secure a record deal as part of her winnings.
These days Donovan has taken on a new job that puts her in direct contact with the Aussie public which will no doubt include many of her fans.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Donovan says she’s working as an Uber driver to make some extra money while she works on her singing and acting.
“I write music about my own experience and other people’s, so being on the road meeting all these people is really inspiring,” Donovan said.
“I’ve been recognised a few times,” she continued “I get paired with a lot of women when driving and some of them have been quite excited. I’ve been asked to sing.”
“I find it funny. Some people want to chat and others are cool just to sit back in the quiet. I go with the flow and it is nice to meet people and hear their stories.”
Donovan says she finds inspiration in her passengers from the Uber hours she does each week.
“I write music about my own experience and other people’s so being on the road meeting all these people is really inspiring,” she says.
“One woman I drove was in her mid-20s and she was talking about breaking up with her boyfriend — that’s something we all relate to. It’s normal stuff like taking someone to a Tinder date — there have been a few.”
The songstress says she got into Uber driving after seeing an advertisement on a billboard and “speaking to a few people”. She also says she loves catching Ubers herself.
“You do it all online through an app. I followed all the protocol, applied for a driver’s authority card and went into one of the Uber hubs to sort out the car and I was on the road. It all went pretty smoothly,” she says.
The singer recently appeared in an Australian tour of Queen musical We Will Rock You and will this year appear in a production at Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre.
Donovan also released a tell-all book in 2014, where she revealed the shocking truth behind her relationship with a female who she thought was a male. The singer had been ‘catfished’ into believing she was in a relationship with a man – for six years.
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