Today we’d like to introduce you to Logan Coffey.
Logan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Growing up in South Carolina, I had always dreamed of moving to the west coast. There was just something about the concept, or “the dream”, of riding in the car listening to Lana Del Rey surrounded by palm trees. So, three years ago, I hopped in my car, turned on the music, and I drove across the country.
In the south, throughout high school and college, I had grown to be a leader and entertainer. Doing whatever I could to make people laugh, make people scream, make people listen etc. – I did all the things: sports, student council, church camps, lifeguarding, summer jobs, speech, and debate – all these things forced me to realize that I’d never been happy doing just one specific activity, Instead, I was destined to be as multi-faceted as possible. That’s why I love acting. Just last week, I auditioned to be a cowboy, a waiter, and a teen heartthrob that’s actually really a robot. Now, while most of these opportunities become nothing more than a “NO” – the rejection is part of the excitement. It keeps me motivated and on my toes. I never want to be comfortable in my life. So, I guess my story is that I’m just a southern boy who moved across the country to chase “the dream”, and while it hasn’t been easy, it’s definitely been worth it.
Has it been a smooth road?
Wow, did not even know this was the next question. Again, definitely has NOT been easy. Aside from parking tickets, car wrecks, landlords, parking tickets, LA culture, parking tickets, and parking tickets – things are always trying to test you in this city. I think that’s why so many people come in so quickly and leave so quickly. It doesn’t take long for a life hiccup to come along that makes you question how bad you want it. However, I was blessed enough to have some amazing friends out here who were on similar journeys with me, so I never felt alone. Having that support group, that family is imperative. In terms of other struggles acting-wise, the rejection is daily, and it takes time to get used to that. I still am. I try to tell myself that if I’m getting rejected, at least I’m being considered. That’s important – being a part of the conversation because so many people are still trying to get any foot in the door.
Please tell us more about your story. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
So thankfully, acting-wise, I have a great team I am represented by. I’m with Courtney Peldon (AQUA Talent) theatrically, Hugh Leon (Coast to Coast) commercially, and managed by Nelson Parks (The ESI Network).
With them, I have been able to get into some great rooms and be seen by some top casting directors and producers. My first feature film, D-RAILED, was just released last month to streaming on iTunes, Amazon, and more and that was super exciting because it allowed friends and family back home to see something. It’s a fun, campy horror flick that I recommend as Halloween rolls around. Next up, I just shot a small part in drama/thriller, GYM RAT, which will be released early next year.
Also, when not auditioning, I teach classes at SoulCycle in West Hollywood, Calabasas, and Pasadena. If you haven’t taken a SoulCycle class before, find me and reach out. It’s simply a party on a bike! It not only keeps me physically fit, allows me to live my DJ dreams, but most importantly, it has brought me to some of the most amazing people I have ever met.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
This city is where it all happens. There are acting opportunities all over, especially in New York, Chicago, and Atlanta, but this is called Hollywood for a reason. Practically everyone you meet is in some way associated with the entertainment world, and if not, they know someone that is. This is a great thing at times, but it also can be very draining. Everyone is trying to make something out of themselves and you can feel that.
If someone wanted advice on coming to LA to chase their dream, I’d first ask if they had any for me, cause I’m absolutely nowhere near where I want to be, but I also would just remind them that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. If you want this, you have to work every day at it, and the benefits and successes, especially in the beginning, are far and few in between. But if your gut tells you to go for it, trust your gut. It’s always right. Seek out agents and managers you can submit your materials to, and start making content on your social media immediately. Find your brand now and sell the fuck out of it. This is a business, and that isn’t going to change. It’s up to you to find where you fit in the business, and if there isn’t room, make room.
- Website: www.logancoffey.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loganiscoffey/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/lcoffe22