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PICKING A STAGE NAME

Tips on picking a stage name that suits

Stage Name: You don’t have to, but if you have a common name or one that is difficult to spell or remember then maybe it’s worth considering a stage name. A stage name could really aid recognition of you as a singer and a brand.

Stage Name is just one of the useful articles for singers taken from the forthcoming book, The Secret to Success in the Music Industry!

Stage Name Advice

Another consideration is online search ability. If there is a person with the same or similar name as you who is already famous it’s ideal to tweak it to be unique; otherwise the previous person who was famous before you will come up first, unless you really make the big time. 

Picking a stage name is something that needs a lot of thought, simply because that will be your brand once you’ve become successful. It should be unique and stand out. So here are some ways to help you pick one. 

Avoid obscenities 

A stage name is your professional name, and the name you’ll be known as in the industry, so it’s important to ensure that your name can’t be linked with anything that may cause offence to anyone. 

Choose a persona 

You can’t be more than one person, so make sure when deciding which name will match a narrowed down persona. Keep it simple yet effective. It is also important to make sure your image reflects your stage name; without synchronisation you’ll lose your identity as a singer. 

Choosing a Stage Name

Pick a unique stage name 

Picking a stage name that no one has is a difficult task to complete, but there are ways around it. Emeli Sande chose to call herself Emeli rather than her actual name Adele because Adele was already a successful stage name. Having an individual stage name means that once someone has heard that they will know exactly who is being spoken about. 

Other inspirations for picking a name include for example: Lady Gaga was inspired by her favourite song by Queen being Radio Gaga and Katy Perry used her Mother’s maiden name (Kathryn Hudson). 

Keep it simple 

Ideally you’ll choose a stage name that’s easy to pronounce and even easier to remember. You’re more likely to become a household name if people can remember your name as an artist. 

Register your stage name 

Once you’ve been through the process of selecting a stage name, make sure no other singer is using it and thereafter you can then register the name. This way whilst you’re becoming successful no one else can use that name to make money.

STAGE NAME

Take a look at some other similar articles; 

Singing in a Group

Creating a Brand

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