This post about William Shatner getting kicked off of Google plus was interesting. It mentions that he is both an individual and a brand. Do you see yourself as a brand?
I think that whether we consider ourselves a brand or not, other people will still classify us as a brand in some way. Therefore, we have the responsibility not only to represent ourselves well, but also to represent those who may have the same brand well.
I don't really see myself as brand. Here's why. Although I know a lot of people, I'm still working on figuring out who I am in society. Deciding to become a teacher is a big step, but until I feel like I've been successful at teaching for a period of time, I don't see myself as a brand.