We all had that one kid in high school whose name could always make us giggle. (For starters, I knew a guy named Harry Johnson, and the student body could never quite get over it.) But Taylor Swift, a 30-year-old photographer from Seattle, has probably had it the worst. Especially since Taylor is a guy.
For the first 20 years of his life, things were all fine and dandy - that is, until country pop star Taylor Swift released Billboard chart topper "Tim McGraw" in 2006. Suddenly, 'Guy Swift' was seeing 'Girl Swift's name everywhere.
"I was kinda like, OK, I should look into this. So I started researching, I was like, 'OK, so she does country music, that's great. She writes her own music, that's awesome! She seems like a great person.'"
As Girl Taylor rose in popularity, things began to change faster and faster for Guy Taylor, whose email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) began being bombarded by fan mail from Swifties. He since had to change his email, but occasionally logs into his old one just to see what people have to say.
"It's a great confidence booster. It's like endless amounts of, 'You're so beautiful, you're so talented, you're a great role model, you have a beautiful voice.' And it's like, here I am, like, 'Thank you.'"
But with the pros comes some cons, and as a professional freelance photographer, Guy Taylor admits that it's been bad for business. Potential clients have a hard time searching for his official website, as Googling 'Taylor Swift' definitely gives you a much different list of results.
However, Guy Taylor remains optimistic despite the hassle of sharing his name with the pop princess. It has, he admits, come with SOME perks.
"Any time someone asks to see my ID - whether at the airport, at the bank, getting a drink - any time someone IDs me, I get the 'Oh my god, no way!' One night I was out at a bar and the bartender was freaking out. He was like, 'No way, man. I gotta show my manager!' And I was like, 'Well, you can show your manager if you give me a free drink.' And I got a free drink out of it. It's a great icebreaker."
What would you do if your name was Taylor Swift? Do you share a name with someone famous or know someone who does?
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