Once upon a time Ned Donovan moved to NYC from Portland, Maine in 2012 armed with a musical theatre degree from Ithaca College. He had just gotten his EMC card, and he wanted to audition solely for EMC work. He wanted to cultivate relationships with theaters that he could still work for after joining AEA. Ned was (and is) Smart About His Career.
Since he was only looking for Equity auditions, he used the Equity website for casting information. "I liked it because it was clean and organized, but I often wanted just like, a daily summary of auditions, where they were, what their information was, etc," he says. So he started an iCal that he shared with three friends. That calendar has grown, and now he is sharing it with the community at large.
To many, this development came just in time. The AEA Casting Call requires members to log in to see the auditions. The system allows the website to understand that members are authorized to sign up without logging in and out to sign up for each audition. "I do a lot of work in web development so I totally get that," Ned explains. "I think there's this sense that it was done nefariously, or with ill-intent to future members. Really, though, it was a logistical decision."
Unfortunately, that means that future members who have set the goal of joining the union don't have access to the AEA site, which would allow them to zero in on exactly the kind of calls they're looking for. Enter Ned Donovan. "I opened up my iCal from being shared with 20 people, to being publicly available for anyone to subscribe to," he says. "I found that a lot of Equity members started subscribing as well because it was easier to read all this information on their phone then having to log in and navigate through the website." In order to accomodate both Android and Apple users, he switched over to Google Calendar. You can find the calendar on Ned's company's website, www.chargingmoosemedia.com, under the "Fun Stuff" tab.
And your life will become easier.
But before you move on to the next thing, check out some of the amazing projects produced by Charging Moose Media. They're a media production company, both video and audio, working across a wide spectrum of concepts and genres, including music production, original narrative content, and (coming soon!) podcasts. On Halloween they plan to release their web series, The Hunted: Encore, an action-comedy musical. (Log line: "After 15 years in Los Angeles, the vampires have come to the Big Apple to kill NYC's band of slayers... and sing about it." ) And on the music end, check out Ned's passion project, "Give My Regards to Broadway: Classic Showtunes Reimagined." Every single track sounds like something you'd hear on the radio. I'm still not over Common Jack's cover of On the Street Where You Live or Will Boyajian's My Name. Charging Moose is taking control, producing a ton of cool shit, and you should definitely know about them. Their people come from the theatre world, so let's support! To learn more about Ned, check out his website at www.neddonovan.com.