By Stephanie Ciccarelli
September 8, 2010
What is a stage name?
Why do people use stage names?
How does someone decide whether or not they might want or need a stage name?
Recently a member of our service asked me about stage names and wanted to know more about why people might take one on and what a stage name could do for your career.
Find out the answer to these questions and more in today's VOX Daily.
A stage name is an assumed name that someone might take to brand themselves. This happens in a variety of professions, most notably in writing. Many authors assume what is called a Pen Name. An actor will take a Stage Name.
4 reasons why a voice talent might do this include:
à¹ Simplification and Anglicization
à¹ Separation of Business from Personal
When you were born, your parents or someone close to you named you. This being the case, you had no choice in what your given name would be nor your family name. An actor who wants to brand themselves with a different persona may wish to take a stage name on.
Sometimes people will take on a stage name because their own name is too common and they want to stand out. For instance, let's say your name was John Smith. Imagine how difficult it would be to differentiate yourself from all of the other John Smiths out there let alone try to get top search engine rankings for your brand?
Others who have very long names or names that are hard to pronounce may anglicize their name and use the anglicized name as their stage name. Elements of a name could be used and simply cut the name short or spell it differently so that it is easier for those who might hire to say.
Other reasons an individual might do this may include:
à¹ Developing an Additional Brand
à¹ Separation of Business and Personal
If you already have an established brand name on air or in public life but wish to pursue voice acting without complicating or jeopardizing your primary brand, you might consider choosing a stage name to work under for your voice acting business.
Some people choose to adopt a stage name for protection. Others still do so in effort to separation of business and personal.
Some people find it easy to separate their work from their personal lives while others connect the two and couldn't imagine living any other way. If someone keeps business and personal separate, meaning that they may be doing work that they don't necessarily agree with or believe in personally, they may wish to reconsider to remain true to themselves. A stage name won't change the fact that something was read and or passively endorsed that the person didn't agree with or believe in. The same suggestion could be offered to those without stage names who opt to separate business from personal.
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