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Chris25

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Hey everyone,

I haven't seen this as a topic, and it's been on my mind a lot lately so I'm looking for your opinions.

The basic idea of the question is should you change/modify your original name? A lot of artist do it obviously, and I've noticed a lot of writes also write under a pen name. In the past I've worked on projects where my name was not necessarily displayed as the creator, but now I'm trying to build on my name and display my future work on a personal website. ( I am not talking about a legal change, just about producing content )

My argument in favor of this is using a name that makes sence to everyone on an international level. A name that will be easy to remember/recognize.

My argument against it is possible complications with legal documents and general confusion of people that already know me.

What do you think?
 

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Personally, I see it as something that would be hard to keep up - unless you have already been doing it.

My example is my first name: it is Paul. But everyone in my family calls me Pauly. None of my friends or anyone at work calls me that, only family. I used it here in the FLF as I want to think of you all as family.

Would I use it for copywriting? Probably not as it is way too informal and would only resonate with certain folks in Brooklyn where my mother was born.

If your name is very common and you wish to stand out, then maybe insert a nickname in the middle? But it would have to be real honest to you - not some gimmicky sales thing.

example - John Smith = John "Roadmaster" Smith if you drive or haul freight.

Otherwise, be proud of your name - it helped form who you are.
 

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I started the process of changing my name about 10 years ago. The change was for personal reasons, not business/branding reasons, but has had a big impact on business/branding nonetheless.

From a brand perspective, it's been great. Even just as a pen name it would have been great.

But, from a relationship-with-former-friends-and-colleagues perspective, it's been a pain in the butt. I was relatively well known in my previous work life (tech sector), so changing my name basically meant diluting my connection to that industry. And I still have to bring in my old last name occasionally when dealing with stuff from my past (and, for this reason, I actually keep it in parentheses in my LinkedIn profile).

So, it's good and bad. I wouldn't recommend it unless you're really committed to it.
 

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Whenever somebody asks me for my name I just tell them "Bond, James Bond". You can call me Bob for all I care
 

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What do you think?
You talking legally? Or just the use of a pseudonym?

A lot of artists, writers, musicians use pseudonyms for branding so it's not too unusual. When you have a crappy name that can't be pronounced, spelled, or memorized, it's probably a smart thing to do. ;)
 
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You talking legally? Or just the use of a pseudonym?
I'm talking about using a pseudonym.

I am from a small European country, so my full name is hard to pronounce for most people. I'm currently working on writing an e-book, and I have even more writing planned for the future. So I need to make a decision before I start publishing my work. I haven't forgotten that the value of the book needs to come first, but it still feels important.

Side note: Chris is an alter ego I created for partying when I was younger :clench: I don't party often now but I've been using it as a go-to nickname ever since, and I'll probably use it as a pseudonym too.
 

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Yes! This is something I've been considering too. I have all the paperwork I need to go through with it.

I wrote and launched my first book earlier this year, and it made sense to do it then when I published.

You can change your name as often as you'd like. It's not like it's permanent; I'd rate it similarly to the permanence of a hair cut: it only seems extraordinary when it's first done, but in a few weeks you feel like a stud. :cool:
 

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