My real name and stage name are very different. Yes, my model fan page is connected to my personal account. Yes, I sometimes share things from my fan page on my personal account. Funny thing is, people still think I'm stealing photos from "Danielle Reid's" profile and trying to pass them as my own. I use Danielle because it's sounds better coming off the tongue than my real name.
I have a stalker now who figured out my fiance's name, my real name, and my phone number. She calls me everyday blocked saying I'm cheating with the men I meet and she knows it (photographers to set up shoots). I'm not worried because she can't even spell WHORE right when she makes fake profiles on FB.
What I'm worried about is photographers using Google to trace my number. I've had two photographers come to me just this weekend saying they Google'd my number (they were actually more excited by what they saw) but it's still creepy.
I used to model & have a profile here under "Franki Rose" when I was younger and more concerned with people finding out. However people still found out, and then I found myself more embarrassed by my somewhat strange stage name.
Now I use Torie which is actually my first name, it makes getting paid easier at times and I always know when someone is talking to me haha. As for my social networking (as well as on here) I use Girl as my last name so that this does not pop up in a quick google search. At the end of the day I know people can still find out my information if they really want to, but no point in just handing it to them if you can help it.
I love my birth name, only my first and middle though. It's not too common and it has a nice ring to it. I agree that with nudes, some may want to keep a separate alias. But I plan on doing nudes (ONLY of the artistic variety) AND keeping my birth name. I have nothing to hide. I am an open book. And I agree with some of the earlier posters that if someone really wants to find out about your personal life, they can and will do it. There is no hiding now. Not 100%. If someone finds something about me that they do not like, then they can take their business elsewhere. I believe the best that any model can do is be professional, and don't do anything you will regret. It's all about being smart and knowing what you want and how to achieve it.
I used my real name because I didn't even know it was a thing for people to use stage names until I started connecting with people and finding out that they created fake names for themselves.
For me, I don't see myself having any issues come up in my future using my real name. I personally love my name now, when I used to hate it. I think it is unique and I want people to know who I am.
I dream of being famous one day and making sure the whole damn world knows who I am someday, for my art first and foremost and if I get known for my looks, even better. And my personality.
I know everyone in the world thinks that they're special and we all want to make it. I fall into that category. I've stumbled along the way now I feel as though I may just have a chance. I'm still young, and art is my passion.
Modeling was never even really an option for me until I was scouted and now it seems as though I have some potential and I know I must work work work. No more trying, just doing.
My name is Eva Lu and I am damn proud to be who I am. Finally.. Because that wasn't always the case.
I post under the name of my businesses either Inner Vision Images or Capitol City Boudoir. Both are fully licensed and permitted businesses. I want to be connected the business and my portfolio, why not, it's how I get new clients.
Not sure why any professional, photographer, model, retoucher or MUA wouldn't want their name associated with their business.
Robert Randall wrote: It's been my experience that photographers using their real name tend to work with ad agencies, photographers that use a name such as the one you use, tend to shoot catalog and/or corporate and retail, while the guys that use names such as "The Epitome of Reflections In A Pool Of Self Awareness Images" tend to shoot nudes for spank bank collections. That's not always true... but close, especially that last one.
Charlotte, North Carolina, US
P I X I E wrote: On the model releases I've signed, there were both my alias and my real name. And I signed with my real name.
I shoot with models after them signing such a release first. Some have more than one alias and should list ALL of them used for the last 5 years, plus her real name, plus her real current address. Otherwise there is no point in a release.
In U.K. or Canada, I would not sign anything at all.
It's enough to feed a blurry photo from social networks to image recognition software to find almost anyone. Nothing helps. Unfortunately. And for less than $10 you can find full credit report and criminal records of anyone around. Many states still have public access to many private records, including your property taxes, traffic violations, litigations, arrests (if any), etc, for free.