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This Guy's Name Is Taylor Swift, And It Kinda Sucks For Him

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 6/11/2015 Joe Satran
TAYLOR SWIFT © KOMO Seattle TAYLOR SWIFT

It turns out being Taylor Swift is really hard -- if you're not that Taylor Swift.

Take Taylor Adam Smith, a 30-year-old photographer living in Seattle. There was nothing unusual about his name for the first 20 years of his life. But around the time Taylor Swift released her first album in 2006, he explained to Mitch Pittman of KOMO 4 News in Seattle, he started to see his name everywhere. 

"I was kinda like, OK, I should look into this," Swift explained. "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.'"

Of course, it's only gotten more intense from there. Swift said that he gets fan letters intended for the pop star all the time, both in the mail and, for a while, at the email address he's since had to change: taylorswift@gmail.com. References to his photographic career get buried under an avalanche of music results on Google. And he finds it impossible to tell anyone his name in person without prompting astonishment. 

"There's that moment when they're like, wait, your name's actually Taylor Swift? Your real ... your whole ... your name's Taylor Swift," he told Pittman.

On the other hand, Swift says he likes sharing a name with the "Shake It Off" singer -- because of all that fan mail. 

"It's a great confidence booster," Swift said. "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.'" 

"There's way worse names to have," he laughed. 

Here's the KOMO 4 News segment, if you want to hear this tale of woe hilarity from the man himself:

The Seattle photographer is actually one of many Americans named Taylor Swift. A search of public records on Nexis turned up 54 hits around the country. Many are, like the pop star, women in their early 20s. (Taylor was among the 10 most popular baby names for girls every year from 1993 until 2000.) 

Let's hope they all have the same good attitude as Taylor Adam Smith!

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