You may have noticed that recently, I started going by a new name: Audrey Heart. This, of course, might make you wonder why I decided to stop going by Marina Sims.
In just two short weeks I will be done with my undergraduate career. I’ve spent a lot of time working towards this degree. Being able to support myself through college is why I became an escort in the first place, and I’m amazed at the amount that I’ve grown during this time, both due to school and escorting! Though I have no plans to quit escorting now that I’m almost done with school, it feels silly not to recognize how much my life has changed.
In the escort and client community, consistency generates trust. A new name almost feels like getting to know an entirely new person, and it can cause worry. But, with my life changing the way it is, I increasingly felt that I needed to do something to mark this change for myself. I want to make clear that I’m not trying to hide from anything my previous name is linked to. I am proud that I was Marina! But I’ve grown as a person since then, and I’d like my name to reflect that.
So, put simply, it felt like it was time to adopt a new name to go with this new stage in my life. Audrey is a name reminiscent of classical beauty. It means “noble strength.” To me that is an absolutely perfect banner to carry as I move forward to see what the future holds for me.
Of course, it helps that one of my favorite characters ever is an Audrey, too. Shh, don’t tell my secret.
Thank you to everyone who’s supported me and helped me get to this point. I couldn’t have done it without you. This degree was made possible by all the amazing clients who have supported me along the way—not just in the traditional sense, but also with the emotional support and laughter we’ve shared as I’ve moved closer and closer to this goal. I couldn’t be more grateful, and I hope that I get a chance to celebrate with you soon.