Post # 1
I’ve been doing a lot of work with poetry readings and open mics lately. So far I’ve only been going by my real name, but I’ve been thinking that with the intentions I have of later being a majorly published person and author that maybe I should consider what I really want to go by.
So far I’ve just been going by:
But after the wedding I don’t want to keep my last name, and definitely not professionally. I’m excited about changing it.
I love my middle name, however, and would consider going by that instead of my first since it is a little more meaningful. Or maybe I could create something totally new because I know some poets who go by the Poe It or other names.
So, what is your opinions? If you were a performer would you ever go by a stage name? Just curious
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
For those of you who decided to use a stage name, what about using my middle name so it wouldn’t be so difficult for me to keep up, because I don’t mind being called that all the time.
Post # 7
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
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
@Zinzerena: That’s very interesting!