What is your stage name and how did you select it?
I love my stage name: Vera. However, it took me a while to come up with it because I knew I wanted a sexy name that I felt connected to. After thinking about it for a while, I had an ah-ha moment.
First off, I am a bit of a nerd and have gone through many Sims phases–the computer game where you create characters and then they have a life. I started playing Sims when it first came out in 2000–when I was in middle school. I have played all three versions of the game and most of the expansion packs.
Every time I played Sims I had a character who I enjoyed trying to see how many babies she could have with as many people as possible before she died. (which is pretty funny if you know me) This character’s name started as Candy and switched to Vera later. She was always a sexy blonde who wore little bitty clothes. The character was confident and flirty and knew what she wanted and went and got it. Which is exactly the kind of character I want to portray on stage.
I think a stage name is one of two things, either something different than yourself, like a pseudo self or character you’d like to play, or something that portrays yourself as you are. So, I have two names, Kitty-purr-fit and Myss Angie, respectively.
Kitty-purr-fit is anonymous and mysterious, while Myss Angie is… well, me! Outgoing and not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve.
I choose those Kitty-purr-fit cause I like to respond to something sexy by saying “oh kitty” or “purr baby,” and I threw in the fit part because it describes the strength it takes to be a pole dancer.
Myss Angie was a natural choice for me because I like to teach and I have been called Miss Angie so often throughout my life, I wanted to twist it up and spell it differently.
My stage name took a lot of thought (because I have nothing more pressing to think about) and a lot of soul searching. Did I want a stage name that was sexual, cutesy, inventive? What did I want my name to say about me? I wanted a name that was unique, something that highlighted my strengths as a performer, something that had value and wasn’t overly used or cliche. I did several google searches to see how other people came up with their name. People used pet names, favorite movie or book characters, gemstones, etc. None of these did it for me. I finally I consider what I do best as a dancer. I’m not the strongest, the most fluid, flexible dancer. But I have always been told I have sass. I have a strong stage presence and I own the audience when I’m performing. I apparently have charisma. And that’s how my stage name came to be. I changed the spelling a bit to make it more unique, but the meaning is the same. As for a second name, that was easy. Blue to sort of rolled off my tongue after Carissma. Its my favorite color, as well as the color of my favorite gemstone. I’ve also been told its the color of my aura (if you believe in such things). The birth of my stage name, Carissma Blue.
i’m a new addition to this blog which makes this question perfect!
my stage name is salacious sage.
i used to go by “atangled tree” but have slowly been trying to change this. I also have my own personal blog that focuses on philosophy and poetic prose, and I use atangled tree as my name there too. When I realized that atangled encompassed a different personality for each my writing and performing, changing my name became a priority.
i thus found salacious sage. i love the name sage and one of my favorite words is salacious. i mean–who doesn’t like something that means indecently sexual? and the alliteration is just a bonus!