This situation requires some background info, so bear with me here. As a hobby, I sometimes do erotic fanart (to be clear – these are cg drawings only, not photos, not live pornography). I’ve been approached a few times by people who want to commission original erotic art from me. I would like to accept, but it is really, crucially important to me not to allow my smutty fanart-identity ever be linked to my real name. Not even my closest friends know, because I draw in two different styles to mask my identity.
Yes, I know it’s perfectly legal to draw or sell porn and it’s not like I’m running for political office or anything, so I doubt I would get in trouble if anyone found out – but still I would die of embarrassment if it ever came out that I draw porn for fun.
And I’ll bet it’d be just my luck that, should I accept commissions, someday I’ll run into someone who recognizes my name somehow and/or is the friend of a friend of one of my co-workers or fellow students.
So, I am wondering if it is legal and possible for me to use a fake name on Paypal in order to accept payments from people who want to commission my art? How should I go about setting this up? I have a Paypal account under my real name. I only want to hide/change my name, I do NOT want to fake any other required information, I do NOT want to commit fraud of any kind.
Has anyone here done commerce under a pseudonym before, for whatever reason? Did it work out alright, or… disaster?
Thank you for your advice.