We had the good fortune of connecting with Logan Mulligan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Logan, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve been artistic and interested in the arts from a very young age. Regular jobs just don’t feel right for me. It’s hard to explain it, because a lot of it is internal dialogue with myself. I don’t knock “regular” office jobs or 9-5’s for other people. I’m on my own path, and to me, those types of jobs aren’t creatively fulfilling. Once I figured out that a creative career path was possible for me, I wanted to grind so hard to become successful at it, in all aspects. I’m still on that grind and anticipate to be hard at work on that grind for the next 10+ years.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’d like to start out by saying this: no. It isn’t easy. If it were, many, many more people would be doing it. I’m not in this because it’s easy. I do what I do because of my passion for story telling. I have such an itch to tell stories that I want to tell and will not stop pursuing those stories until I have no more stories to tell. Some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way are to just go. Just do it. Just write that script, shoot that movie, reach out to that person. If it works, it works. If it doesn’t, at least I’ve learned something for next time. Love him or hate him, Woody Allen said 90% of success is just showing up. Show up, every single day, and something’s bound to happen.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First, before doing anything else, I’d make sure we went to Whataburger. Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich with ranch added is my go to. Don’t come at me until you try it with the ranch. Two words – GAME. CHANGER. As a tourist, I think you should also check out Six Flags at least once. Its not my cup of tea, but could be cool to a lot of people that have never experienced that before. Next, if its hockey season in a pandemic-free world, we’d go to a Dallas Stars game at the lovely American Airlines Center. Even if you know nothing about the sport, its easy to pick up on but live, in person, the energy is so electric and such a fun experience every single time. After a hockey game, maybe a NASCAR race should be in the plans at Texas Motor Speedway. NASCAR is the easiest sport of all time to understand – its racing, in a circle. That’s it. But that’s not the draw of going to a race. The festivities before, after and during are worth the cost of entry. An unending weekend party, full of food, booze and good spirits. Here are some more honorable mentions of food and places to check out: Texas Pit BBQ in Saginaw, The Stockyards, Sundance Square around Christmas time, The State Fair, Dallas Cowboys stadium, Born Late Records in Fort Worth, Deep Ellum, Fry Street and The Square in Denton, Nebraska Furniture Mart and surrounding area in The Colony, and any Texas Thrift location.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There have been many people in my life that have pushed me to pursue what I want and how I want. I think its important to let people grow and make their own mistakes. Some important people in my life that have been monumental in supporting me are, first and foremost, my parents – Jeff and Stacie Mulligan and Amanda and Anthony Smith. Growing up in a blended family isn’t easy for a lot of kids, but my dad (Jeff) and mom (Amanda) have really prioritized supporting me no matter what. I’d also like to shoutout my incredible girlfriend and creative partner, Madison Fox. She roots for me day in and day out, from the time I wake up to the time my head hits the pillow and I’m incredibly lucky and grateful to have her in my life.
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