As the rest of the kids in his class at Barclay Elementary get excited for soccer and football season, Logan Kulick has a different fall ritual to prepare for: Pilot season. Now is the time for production companies to schedule casting calls and auditions for new television programs that may or may not be picked up by the networks for the 2013-2014 season.
Logan was all set to make the familiar trip to New York City to film scenes for the pilot episode of The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, but a little thing called Hurricane Sandy threw off the schedule a bit.
"They stopped filming for now," said Logan as he sat with his mom and manager, Susan Kulick, at a table at the Warminster Starbucks the day after Thanksgiving. "They'll let us know when they are ready for us."
Not one to sit around and wait for the phone to ring, Logan has already booked a role in the upcoming film, The Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn as a former sperm donor who finds out that he fathered hundreds of children, and they all want to meet him. Kulick is on his way to New York today to shoot his scenes.
"I love going to New York," said Logan. "I like being there, getting something to eat and walking around the city."
Depending on his schedule, Logan makes the trip from Warrington to New York at least two to three times per month. Susan appreciates the flexibility of his school that allows him to satisfy his acting bug.
"As long as he keeps up with the school work, he's fine," said Kulick. "We turned down a spot on 'Blue Bloods' because it conflicted with a parent-teacher conference. If he ever got a regular role, we'd think about private tutors or home schooling."
Logan started out modeling at the age of four and started getting calls from interested casting directors almost immediately. Over the years, he has appeared in commercials, feature films including Burn After Reading, which was directed by the Coen Brothers and starred George Clooney and Brad Pitt, and television shows such as Boardwalk Empire and an upcoming episode of Smash.
"That was a fun job," said Logan. "We spent three hours in a church basement doing a table read scene."
Logan has found that he works best with people who remember that he is, in fact, still a kid. While filming Burn After Reading, actress Tilda Swinton, who has twin boys of her own, brought in some of their toys to entertain Logan during the long shoots.
And even though he has rubbed shoulders with big name stars, some of his most memorable experiences came from working with comedian H. Jon Benjamin. Although he may be relatively unknown, you might recognize his voice from Bob's Burgers or Family Guy. Logan appeared in an episode of his sketch comedy show, Jon Benjamin Has a Van, and in a couple of his satirical shorts mocking Mitt Romney during the presidential campaign (video attached).
"The first time I met him, he started joking around and made us laugh," said Logan. "He just wanted to be kids and play, and he shot it for his show."
The frequent trips to the Big Apple have not prompted any thoughts of moving closer to shorten the commute. As far as Susan and her husband are concerned, Logan will continue acting until he doesn't want to anymore. If Logan woke up tomorrow and said he wanted to stop, that would be that and he would still have his regular life that has been established here.
"Acting does not define him," said Susan. "He has other interests, he is a blue belt at Amerikick Karate, he goes to sleepovers. We want him to stay very grounded."