Okay, can everyone please answer this one:
What do you think of people adopting an alternate, “performance,” name?
Would you want to know the “real” name at the same time, and/or does that make things cluttered?
I think I mentioned I’m telling stories at a local Renaissance Faire at the end of this month, and I’m making costumes for my kids and me.
I’ve never been to one before. I know some folks are uncomfortable with the idea– because of the potential for weirdness, I guess– but I’m jumping at the chance to do a dress-up day with my family.
It’s a trial-run sort of a faire, the first in town, I understand, and whether it goes anywhere will depend on the reaction to this one. I hope by making stories available I can contribute to its success.
Since “Amy” is such a modern name I was considering taking an alternate name for the faire, and then (as my mind invariably does) I tracked that question into a bigger one: whether to build a storyteller-persona of sorts.
That is, for the many traditional or medieval tales I love I could play at being a teller of the day. It’s a fun thought.
Okay, okay I’ll say the name (it’s probably a bad sign if I can’t even get started.)
Though I have this idea that if I were once convinced in myself this was the way to go, I could “own” it with little difficulty.
I wanted to do Byrd Janet.
Janet from my middle name (Jane) and Byrd from the old way of addressing a lady. It would be the same as saying Lady Jane, but somehow my ear likes the other better. This would be due to my familiarity with the rhythm of the name in the story of Tam Lin. (I am currently Miss Amy to children, so it’s not that much of a stretch, in theory.)
But Jay insists I use one of my real names, so Lady Jane is all I could come up with, really. Any other suggestions?
I’m not sure “lady” is even the right thing to call a storyteller, but I could really think of another title. Storyteller Jane?
What do you think of the alternate-name idea?
Could you call me (or hear me refer to myself as) Lady Jane with a straight face?
Would it add to the package or be distracting?