There's never a convenient time to get a sex change. I mean, really. There's always other things going on in your life that are going to get disrupted. 90% of you reading this think I'm talking about surgery (and are quietly crossing your legs, I'm sure), but it's like a million fucking things. (Such is the poor scheduling of post teenage puberty.) One of the most annoying is the name thing.
I have a tiny smattering of people who may search for me under my given name on the internets. I'm not a famous composer (yet), but I'm out there a bit. I would like people who have got something from the first 10 years of my production to be able to find me.
If I were more radical, I would leave my name unchanged Right now, though, that's not working for me. So I started going by the middle three letters of my name. And then I started doing music with the appellation, but I think this is a mistake. People from earlier won't find me. It makes the "C Hutchins" on my podcast kind of inexplicable. It's not the thing to do.
So if trying to leave my name unchanged will make me unhappy and 'Les' isn't the answer, what to do? An ideal name would: Start with C. Somehow be related to what my parents might have named me (I would have my brother's name, so I think about what they would have named him) or have a connection to my family. Contain a "Les" in it someplace, so I could keep using it as a nickname.
My uncle and great grandfather were named Charles. Ok, perfect.
So, for people searching for me on google, I can go by "Charles Celeste Hutchins." So I'm going to publish music under that name from now on and I've stuck it on my email. It will go on future business cards, etc.
And you can keep calling me whatever you call me.