I have a serious dilemma, dudes; it's about names.
I have two names, my real one (which is known by family
) and my chosen pseudonym (which all of my internet friends and comics peeps know me by
). I was speaking with a professional from Marvel and she said that employers do look out for female talent and lament that relatively few women apply (specifically colours
) she then expressed confusion as to my gender (going purely by my first name 'Yel'
Now, I liked 'Yel' precisely because it sounded androgynous but it doesn't seem all that cool if it'll hurt my chances in the field. Blah, methinks my pseudonym has gone through more regenerations than Doctor Who
Secondly, there is the question of pseudonym versus real name. I know for a fact that there are other comics folk (and writers
) with an assumed "stage"
title so I'm not technically misleading anyone. It's a name I like and am comfortable in sharing. However, when would be a good time to reveal my boring, alter-ego name to clients and colleagues? I use it so rarely that it almost belongs to someone else.
In conclusion, it feels as though I've constructed something awesome in my nom de plume, and opening a door to my birth name is an annoying step back into the disappointing past. X3
What do the rest of you do? Do you have a pseudonym, or do you apply the real you to everything you do?