(Closed) Would you go by a stage name?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m a writer and my pen name is MyFirstname MyLastname and it’s going to stay that way after the wedding, even though legally I’ll be changing MyLastname! But if I was still performing it would be that way too!

Post # 4
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m an artist, not a performer but I was having this same issue.

I decided not to because it just all seems to complicated to separate who calls you what. Do work friends who are also personal friends call you by your “real” name?I just found it to be too complicated although it’s probably different for you as a stage performer.

Post # 5
527 posts
Busy bee

I’m a performer and I use my real name because the real name/stage name thing is just too confusing and complicated for other people.  Some of my performer friends who had stage names have recently gone back to using their real names so that they don’t have to deal with the confusion anymore.

Post # 7
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I know a writer who’s published (she write erotica/steamy steamy romance) and her editor/publisher told her to pick a name starting with “M” (her pen name is Jill Myles).  So, it really depends on who you’re publishing with, what you’re writing, and what your editor/publishing house wants.  

According to her, and several other agents’ blogs, it’s not unusual for a writer to pick a name that starts with a certain letter because of where their books will be on the shelves.  People tend to look at certain places on shelves, so that’s where they want that particular writer’s book to be.

Can you tell I’ve done A LOT of research and hung out with writers a lot? 😉

Post # 8
335 posts
Helper bee

i’m an artist, and i’m having the same thoughts as you regarding a professional name versus my real name. my last name is long and most people misspell/mispronounce it anyway, so i’m afraid to brand myself by that name. plus, if i were to get married in the next couple years, i would probably change my last name simply because i’ve gone my whole life with a last name that no one knows how to spell or say and i’m sick of it. XD

the solution i’m considering is to brand myself by my first and middle name rather than my first and last, but i’m not sure if that will mess up other things down the line.

Post # 9
5920 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Zinzerena: That’s very interesting!

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