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    Question about CM's name tag

    Hi Folks,

    I have been curious about something since Thanksgiving week 2007. We were in DTD in one of the Christmas store and talking to a cashier. Of course she was very friendly and helpful (I guess I should of ask her). She country of origin was China and she had a American type name. Now it could of been her real name I really don't know.

    So the question is does Disney use pretend names for CM's with long or hard to pronounce names?

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    Re: Question about CM's name tag

    Interesting, I myself will be glad to hear the answer.
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    Re: Question about CM's name tag

    I had not thought of that, but that is a good question. We once had a server at Chrystal Palace that had been called in when he was not scheduled to work. Instead of wearing his name tag that day, he was borrowing a spare. His real name was Steve, but was wearing a Chris nametag. We noted the discrepancy when another CM called him by his real name, so we asked why he was wearing a nametag that said Chris.

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    Re: Question about CM's name tag

    I can't remember where I heard it, but I think I read once that if a CM forgets to wear/bring their badge in to work, they are required by Disney 'law' to pick one from a random box or something. So unless they are luck enough to find another badge with their name on it, they will have to pick another name and assume that role for the rest of their day on stage.
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    Re: Question about CM's name tag

    all of that is true. With International Cast who are not in cultural representative roles and often have difficult names they can choose another name. This is their name in all facets of their work there. much like if someone named Alexander chose to be called Alex and so on. hope this helps.
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    Re: Question about CM's name tag

    Quote Originally Posted by Rico117 View Post
    all of that is true. With International Cast who are not in cultural representative roles and often have difficult names they can choose another name. This is their name in all facets of their work there. much like if someone named Alexander chose to be called Alex and so on. hope this helps.
    Hi Rico117

    Many thanks for the info. It makes a lot sense

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    Re: Question about CM's name tag

    Perhaps a little simplistic, but I have friends from various "exotic" places who have a psuedonym they go by when in English-speaking societies, and then revert to their real name when they are back home. I'm sure it'll be a pretty similar state of affairs with IP CMs?

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    Re: Question about CM's name tag

    Very interteresting! I'm glad someone had an answer!
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    Re: Question about CM's name tag

    I have found that some people have two names.
    Several of my friends who are Chinese have a Chinese name and an American name because of the difficulty of pronouncing Chinese names.
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    Re: Question about CM's name tag

    Quote Originally Posted by missbounce View Post
    I can't remember where I heard it, but I think I read once that if a CM forgets to wear/bring their badge in to work, they are required by Disney 'law' to pick one from a random box or something. So unless they are luck enough to find another badge with their name on it, they will have to pick another name and assume that role for the rest of their day on stage.
    That's actually true. There are two choices (and it's really not a choice at all): You can either take a nametag from a box in the coordinator or manager's office, or you can see the managers, and get a reprimand.

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    I have found that some people have two names.
    Several of my friends who are Chinese have a Chinese name and an American name because of the difficulty of pronouncing Chinese names.
    This is also correct. There was a Chinese guy over at Studios, who worked at Voyage of the Little Mermaid. This was when I was a Custodian, and deployed to Studios for the Lights Festival. Anyway, I was talking with him, and I asked him why his nametag read Sean. I never met a Chinese guy with that name, and joked around that he swiped my nametag. He laughed, and said that his real name was too long to fit the nametag, so he chose to use a different name. As I would later find out, it's not uncommon at all for ICP's to do this, as I ran across many other ICP's with American or English names.
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