Originally Posted by dynamike
Ever hear of Sam Choy?
Just don't switch once you decide what to go with.
Or La Choy. I used to see all kinds of LaChoy veggies in the supermarket as a kid.
I HAVE heard of a Gabe Choy, who is a local photographer here who shoots in the same genre. I'm worried about trademark infringement. His business is actually called Gobo Foto though... But I use him as an example. I am sure there is someone out there with my name who has picked up a camera.
Otherwise, my real name has BIG names associated with it (no offense Gabe), a nobel prize winner for physics and renowned professor at Stanford, and a top action movie director in Hong Kong. I'm actually more likely to get lost in Google searches using my real name or getting a CND letter from Hong Kong.
I haven't thought of using anything but a variation of a spelling of my real name as a professional identity. Well, except for Ratboy on message boards, though I'm fairly certain that would be UNwise.
I suppose the bigger question at hand is, what is the importance, if any, of the ring of a name to art directors and photo editors? I'd like to be remembered for my photos, but let's be honest, I don't want someone seeing my name and not being able to not remember me from before. (How many photographers are there named Bob Smith? Or XYZ Studios/Photography/Media et. al.?)