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The Power Of A Name In The World Of Entertainment

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – William Shakespeare

So goes the famous quote by William Shakespeare. It’s hard to know the context in which the great bard said it but in today’s day and age it’s certainly not true specially for celebrities or anyone looking to make a career in the world of entertainment and showbiz. For e.g if you were asked to identify Demitria Gene Guynes, Carlos Irwin Estevez and Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (shown in the image) you will most likely be clueless. However change those names to Demi Moore, Charlie Sheen and Katy Perry respectively and they become world famous celebrities.

In the world of Hollywood an individual’s name carries great importance and that it is essentially their brand. A celebrity is like a walking brand and just like any consumer focused organization wouldn’t give its products complicated names similarly a talented performer will always prefer to have an easy, catchy and viral name. The same holds true in Bollywood as well although there are some unique differences here given the mysticism and superstition around religion in India.

Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia for instance is better known today as Akshay Kumar. He changed his name to leverage the brand recognition of the last name ‘Kumar‘ after famous Bollywood actors Manoj Kumar, Raj Kumar and Kishore Kumar. Kareena Kapoor on the other hand was born into the illustrious Kapoor clan but still played around with the spelling of her name changing it to Kariena on the advise of astrologers (read here to learn about the numerology behind names), a phenomenon that only happens in Bollywood.

Some other famous people whose real names will never be known include:

  • Miley Cyrus: born as Destiny Hope Cyrus
  • Vin Diesel: born as Mark Sinclair Vincent
  • Lady Gaga: born as Angelina Germanotta
  • Mother Teresa: born as Agnes Ganxha Bojakhin
  • Sunil Dutt: born as Balraj Dutt
  • Elton John: born as Reginald Kenneth Dwight
  • Sting: born as Gordon Sumner
  • Marilyn Monroe: born as Norma Jean Baker
  • Eminem: born as Marshall Bruce Mathers III
  • Checkout many more names at www.famousfolk.com

What are your views on this trend? Do you think having the right name is a necessary ingredient for success in the world of films and cinema? Share your perspective.