Name Change

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    I've already posted something pretty similar to this, but it looks like it's become an inevitability - I'm going to have to change my name, now there's an Emily Lawrance about; she's with a well known agent and will probably get more exposure. I'm a little upset because I've had Emily Lawrence for five years and have worked with it to make myself known, but never mind - no use crying over spilt milk!

    I'm thinking of going for Emily Lockwood, as it's reasonably similar. What does everyone think?

    Thanks muchly! xx

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    Are you an Equity member Emily? If you are, you could ask for advice from them. Also, your name will have been rgeistered with them. If you've been working under your name for longer than the other lady, regardless of who her Agent is, you may have a claim to keep it. Best of luck!

    • 13th Apr 2009
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  • Alan Brent

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    You are an Equity member according to your details on here. So it's not you that should change but the other one.

    She is obviously NOT an Equity member or she wouldn't be using the same name as you.

    That's her bad luck aand bad planning. Her agent should have checked it out prior to using that name in any credits.

    So don't change your name. Leave all that to Equity to sort out. That's why you pay your subscription ater all.

    • 13th Apr 2009
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  • Rob Talbot

    Actor

    Didn't find her on Google ... so she can't be that big.

    Youve got Spotlight, Equity (and CCP).

    Her bad luck - not yours!!!!

    • 13th Apr 2009
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    I have just looked you up on Spotlight Interactive and it's you that comes up. Which means she is not on Spotlight under that name or isn't on it at all. So like everyone has said, she will have to change her name to be accepted on Spotlight and Equity. As you were members of both first and registered your name, you can keep your name! It's up to her to change it. You should recommend she use Lockwood......;o)

    • 13th Apr 2009
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    Emily Lawrance (a, not e) is with Conway van Gelder and she is on Spotlight, but if you were there first Emily, then you should be able to keep your name. Call Equity today!!

    • 14th Apr 2009
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    Thanks so much everyone for your help! The unfortunate thing is my equity subscription has expired, and I haven't yet renewed it (and I must stress that I know how important it is and I intend to do it asap). It's very ironic that pretty much the moment I don't have it any more ~ everything goes wrong! So now I'm worried I don't really have a leg to stand on...

    • 14th Apr 2009
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  • Christine Hounslow

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    Still contact Equity - I am sure they give you some leeway with subscriptions. han gon to your name if you can - good luck

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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    You are still able to be in benefit up to three months after your subs lapse. You will be able to pay monthly too. If you are unable to pay I suggest you ring the Equity Helpline. They will help you.

    Just don't let it drag on. Your Union is there to help you even if you are struggling to make the payment. That is something not all members know. The Equity Benevolent Fund will help you.

    That is what it is there for.

    • 14th Apr 2009
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  • Katharine Kavanagh

    Actor

    equity have been really friendly and helpful any time I've contacted them for anything, big or small, so even if you're worried you're subscription has lapsed, do call them and see what they say. You might be pleasantly suprised!

    Like you say, you have worked hard under this name, and it's not fair that you should have to change because someone else might not have done their research.

    Call Equity, see what they think!

    (and let us know what they say - I think it would be very interesting for ccp members to find out!)

    good luck!! :o)

    xx

    • 14th Apr 2009
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    Hello all!

    Little update - well actually major update - have spoken to Spotlight and Equity and here's what was said.

    Equity told me that she has taken the name, so I have to change mine and upgrade to full membership again on a different name, depsite the fact I've been working with it for a while.

    Spotlight told me that they work on a first come, first serve basis, so theoretically I'd be the one who could use it. However, they suggested that as she has it with Equity and is with a very reputable agent, I should probably change mine. She was very sympathetic and I've now officially notified Spotlight of the change.

    So slightly upset, but it will give me an excuse to write to everybody I've ever worked with/auditioned for/corresponded with and tell them of the change/remind them that I exist.

    Thanks ever so much for your help everyone,

    Emily Lockwood (God, that sounds weird!)

    xx

    • 14th Apr 2009
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    If it's any consolation Emily, your new name sounds very distinguished! And well done for pulling the positive out of the situation and not dwelling on the negative.

    • 14th Apr 2009
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  • Antonio Rochira

    Actor

    If it worked for one of my favourite actresses Margaret, then who's to argue?!

    Good on you.

    • 14th Apr 2009
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  • Chris Streeks

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    Hi Emily personally i think this is out of order and equity SHOULD have protected your stage name as you were the first to registar it. It does not matter who this womans agent is some things are sacred in this game and your name is one of them. Speak to Tim Gale at equity he,s a nice man and it won,t matter that your subs have lapsed. I hope you can get some justice on this one. Don,t allow har agent to push you around. mIt was your name first. If anything SHE should find another name. Good luck.

    • 14th Apr 2009
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    Lockwood is the only way forward in my book..... ;o)

    • 14th Apr 2009
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    Ha ha! Absolutely - upholding the (in my case - fake) name of Lockwood in the entertainment industry.

    Funnily enough - it's been Margaret Lockwood that most people have jumped to when I've mentioned my new name - I hope that they'll assume I'm related to her and cast me in the West End stage version of The Lady Vanishes...

    • 15th Apr 2009
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  • Clare Cameron

    Actor

    REALLY like your new name Emily; not only does it sound distinguised but it's also strong sounding. Be interesting to see if it makes a difference! And as you say, great opp to write to people

    Good luck!

    CC x

    • 15th Apr 2009
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  • Nicola Kelleher

    Actor

    dont worry, uts not the end of the world, Michael Caine was Maurice Mickelewhite, then Michael Scott (same thing to you happened to him) and he had 8 hours to change it so he changed it to a name he saw a a movie theatre... The Caine Munity ... CAINE xxx

    • 15th Apr 2009
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    Don't forget, you can pay your Equity subscription monthly...

    **;¬))

    • 15th Apr 2009
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  • Des Barron

    Actor

    BEST FIRST STOP IS EQUITY, IS YOUR NAME RECOGNISED BY EQUITY?

    • 15th Apr 2009
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