Should you change your name for voice over

Should you change your name for voice over

Eric Marlon Bishop, Reginald Kenneth Dwight, Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, Norma Jean Mortenson, Declan Patrick Macmanus…

Who would Jamie Foxx, Elton John, Katy Perry, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Costello be if they hadn’t changed their names?

Looking at the phenomenal careers of these artists, it’s easy to conclude that their sexy stage names had something to do with it.

But what about you? Would a new name breath life into your voice over career? Is a hefty, unpronounceable moniker a liability or can it actually work in your favor and help you to stand out in the crowd?

I explore the issue of stage names in depth in this week’s Inside Voice Over video training blog plus I’ll reveal a secret about my own name I rarely speak about in public.

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After you watch the video, I want to know your thoughts. Was this helpful? Write to me in the comments box. I want to learn what’s on your mind so I can support you and share your best practices.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments box. I want to read about what’s on your mind so I can support you and share your best practices.

To your voice over success,

Susan Berkley,
Founder, The Great Voice Company

19 Responses to Should you change your name for voice over

  1. Hello Ms. Berkley,
    Thank you for this information. I often think about how entertainers feel the need to change their names and where does the name derived from. But it seems like the ones that have changed their names have met their success, into their craft. once again thank you for this interesting topic.

  2. Good Morning Susan…
    You must have been reading my mind!! The “thought” DID cross my mind!!
    As always, I enjoy your weekly insight, and will look forward to the next one… & to seeing you again soon.
    All the Best,
    Lloyd… “Dreibelbis”… 🙂

    • Yes, Lloyd. The German names are the tough ones! Great meeting you at Bootcamp. Susan

  3. Susan, very interesting subject! I didn’t change my name (Stephen Schedra) but I did make my business name and my domain Stephen Michael’s Voice. I did this so that the domain would be easy to remember and repeat. Even after years in professional life, folks who knew me would still mis-spell my name. New friends would inevitably mispronounce it (Shredder, Shray-der, Skuh-heedra, etc) and mis-spell it. As always though, you get to the heart of it. if you give your customers good value, they know who you are.
    My best to you, and have a great vacation!

    • Love that, Stephen- if you give your customers good value, they will appreciate who you are. Thanks for writing- Susan

  4. Interesting idea. But after 25 years I’ll stick with my given name. Ignatz Chokelovitz.

    Old joke:

    A Guy goes into court – tells the judge he wants to change his name.

    Judge says “What’s your current name?”

    Man replies, “Harvey Lipshitz.”

    Judge: Geez, I can certainly see why you’d want to change it. No problem at all. What do you want to change it to?

    Man: “Barry Lipshitz.

    Bada bing!

  5. Hi Susan…great information as usual….I don’t think I need to change my name…My birth name is Ernest C. Hodge…when I was on the radio as a personality…I called myself Ernie C…after I became more popular..I would sometimes just call myself Ernie..(I was the only Ernie on the radio in town….So I never changed my name..but I realize some people may have too. Thanks as always for the info.

  6. Susan,

    I think its a great idea. I have certainly entertained the thought of having a stage name (not legal) to put out there. Thank you for the video Susan!

    “Elwood Lorenzo”

  7. Hi Susan,
    As always interesting topics here.
    Currently thinking about that subject in that a candidate for president shares the same first, middle initial, and a similar last name to mine. It was interesting and humorous at times when people would make a connection.
    Lately, it is not as much fun.

    • Oh Donald J.. I can only imagine. This too shall pass. If it’s any consolation my niece’s name is Isis. –Susan

  8. When I married my current husband, he kept saying, “Your name isn’t McMillon anymore!” My answer, “McMillon is what pays the bills!” I’ve had this name longer than I’ve had him. LOL So, I guess he’s ok for now, as long as no one calls him Mr. McMillon.

    I’ve been in the business since 1973 where I began in radio. I couldn’t imagine starting over as someone else at this stage.

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