well, first. My name is Apryl. I go only by Terrace when I am online. (this is the one and only time you'll see my actual name online) Until the photographer meets me in person they usually dont see or hear any other name than Terrace.
I am represented on ModelMayhem, here, Kind Indrusties, some other one (that hasn't picked up traffic yet..) Myspace (but that is Apryl's myspace), and I have a personal site. I have deleted my othermodelplace account a couple years ago. Also, after a shoot with a photog, sometimes I am an addition to their site, as well.
So, 6, plus my old othermp account.
And 3 photographer websites (to my knowledge)
I dont know why a model would have several different names. I pick a name because I have a really normal, average name and I want my images to be more than average (or at least have a not average appeal) The name "April" is easy to forget. People often call me "amber" or "amy" and I would definitely not be the "one and only".
.....Terrace is not as easiliy confused, and it sets me apart (and gives me the chance to be the "one and only")
This is what I hear in my head......
Conversation A: between two photographers.
Photog1 "I shot with this awesome model the other day"
Photog2 "oh yeah? who was it??"
P1" her name was april something"
P2 "I shot with an april once.....where's she from?"
P1" illinois." P2"oh yeah? peoria area?" P1: "yeah"
P2: "what's she look like?"
P1" long brown hair, green eyes..."
P2:"oh, I shot with her, yeah she was awesome...." OR
P1: "hey I shot this awesome model the other day.."
P2: "oh yeah? who was it?"
P1: "her name was Terrace"
P2: "Yeah, I shot with her, she's awesome..."
Which conversation would YOU rather have?
As you can see, I strive for awesomeness..ahahah
anyway, sorry for the novel, but there's my input.
Great topic, Stan!