The National Advocate for People with Down Syndrome Since 1979

National Down Syndrome Society
666 Broadway, 8th Floor
New York New York 10012
800-221-4602
info@ndss.org 

Evan, The Actor
Me with my castmates Jackson Rathbone, Shannon Woodward, and director Justin Lerner
Me with my castmates Jackson Rathbone, Shannon Woodward, and director Justin Lerner
Evan, The Actor

My name is Evan Sneider. I'm 32 years old. My passion my whole life has been acting, and my story is about an amazing opportunity and the wonderful adventure I've been experiencing. When I was very young, I loved acting in my first play so much that I continued performing in every school play, in a youth summer theater program, took theater classes and as an adult auditioned for community theaters. I've performed in more than 20 productions so far. Since I'm a huge Stephen Sondheim fan my favorites have been musicals he's composed. My film work began in 2007. Friend and high school classmate, Justin Lerner, had a UCLA film school graduation requirement to create a short film. Knowing I loved to act, he auditioned me for a small role in his thesis film. I was cast in a small role and I loved the experience. After his thesis film was completed Justin went on to win the Emmy for Best Student Director and took his film to many film festivals where he got a lot of praise. I was told people always asked about me. Justin met producers Jerad and Kristina Anderson who wanted to work with him, creating a film with me in the starring role. How incredible is that? This film is GIRLFRIEND. In September 2009 filming on GIRLFRIEND began. I met and worked with my wonderful co-stars Amanda Plummer, Jackson Rathbone and Shannon Woodward and many other talented cast and crew. Everyone worked very hard and put a lot of love into GIRLFRIEND. Sometimes the days were long and the weather was bad, but I didn't mind at all because I love acting so much. Post production work in New York was fun too. I learned so much and everyone was so wonderful to work with. Once the film was completed it was submitted to the Toronto International Film Festival. Everyone was so excited when GIRLFRIEND became an official selection at TIFF! In September of 2010 I traveled to Toronto and had the most incredible time. I had full days of press, photo shoots, interviews, parties and of course 3 premiere screenings of GIRLFRIEND (all were SOLD OUT!). The film received critical and audience acclaim (standing ovations at each screening), and one reporter actually called me "TIFF's New Star!". Now we are working to get GIRLFRIEND into as wide a theatrical release as possible. Please check out www.indiegogo.com/girlfriend-2 to learn more. Other sites are http://indiefilmproducer.blogspot.com/, producer Shaun O'Banion's blog and GIRLFRIEND's official site www.girlfriendmotionpicture.com . Or you can just Google my name! :) There's much more to read about my amazing experience and about our film GIRLFRIEND. I want to encourage everyone to follow your dreams. Growing up when I told my Mom about a goal I had, she would talk to me trying to prepare me for challenges I might face. I always told her "Mom, I can try!". I want to tell everyone that it is important to believe in yourself and follow your dreams. You never know what might happen!




Vote for your favorite story! Each month, the two stories with the most votes will be featured in the NDSS E-Newsletter.*

Email:        


Your email address will be used for voter tracking only, and will not be used for future NDSS emails.
Click here to become a fan on Facebook.
Click here to follow us on Twitter.

*Votes will be reset at the end of each month.



Full Name
Email
Country
State
Comments (1,000 character limit)



Danny McKinney, United States, FL
1/6/2014 10:10:54 AM
Very great heartwarming video. Evan does struggle a lot.

Linda Hagelstien, United States, NE
8/12/2013 11:59:43 PM
I watched Girl Friend on Netflix last night, it was a story that pulled me in from beginning to end, and after watching it and going to bed I kept thinking of the movie. It completely stirred my emotions. Evan did such a fantastic acting job, I would enjoy watching more movies with him in it. I have told so many of my friends now they have to see this movie. Kudos to you Evan, and the entire cast for doing such a knock out job.

Kristi Falcone, United States, NY
11/28/2011 7:29:43 PM
So proud of Evan! His movie, GIRLFRIEND, in which he holds the lead role, is at the Independent Film Project\'s Gotham Awards tonight! It\'s one of five films contending for the Audience Award. Great job portraying Evan Gray!

Shani, United States, FL
6/10/2011 12:02:34 PM
You are such an inspiration Evan! I wish you all the success in the world and the best life has to offer you. God bless you.

Kiersten Greenshields, Canada,
6/9/2011 12:53:13 PM
Go Evan! I hope you win! :)

Michelle Stevenson, Canada,
4/26/2011 8:32:18 PM
I was actually at the premiere screening of Girlfriend and it was amazing! I love Evan's drive and making his dreams come to life. Everyone must support the release of the film. It is an incredible moving story and Evan's performance is out of this world!

Beatriz Alberdi, United States, AL
5/2/2011 11:22:51 PM
Very uplifting story. I have a wonderful 18 month old and GREAT expectations for him. I will always let him try!!!

Rhiannon nichol, United Kingdom,
4/11/2011 2:55:20 PM
I really hope GIRLFRIEND is released in England, it sounds incredible and your story is truly inspiring! I hope you become a massive star! :D

Cindy Beals, United States, IN
4/10/2011 3:27:36 PM
Love ya Evan! Cant wait to see Girlfriend! If you are ever in South Bend, Indiana we would love for you to stop by and meet our campers. Camp Millhouse is a camp for special needs adults and kids. You are their hero!

Irina Renter, Mexico,
4/9/2011 1:55:42 PM
This history is so cute, reflects the best qualities of human beings no matter who possesses different skills. The work of this guy is awesome and I love to see it in my country!

Chris Orth, United States, MA
4/3/2011 10:48:07 AM
Can not wait to see this movie

Michelle Wilki, Denmark,
3/31/2011 3:51:10 AM
Hey Evan! Love your story and I hope Girlfriend makes it to Denmark!!! Michelle

Rosa Valencia, United States, CA
3/28/2011 9:44:27 PM
You definitely have my vote!!

Judi Lowell, Australia ,
3/27/2011 8:57:43 PM
Evan, I hope your movie makes it to Australia. I would love to see it! All the best to you!! Judi

Maxi Brandt, Germany,
3/26/2011 5:02:49 PM
Evan, I cannot wait to find a way to see your film here in Germany ^.^ You worked so hard Thank you for that inspiration!!! Maxi

Susan Foster, United States, MA
3/26/2011 3:49:51 PM
Congratulations Evan!

Gail Kruss, United States, MA
3/26/2011 7:43:01 AM
Great story by Evan, my former middle school student. You stuck to your goals and dreams and look at you now!

Tiffany O, United States, OH
3/26/2011 2:18:28 AM
good luck

Irina Jouenne, France,
3/25/2011 7:06:40 PM
Good luck Evan! Thanks for sharing this story with us!

irene anderson, United States, CA
3/25/2011 3:59:33 PM
vote for Evan!

Lori McCoy, United States, OH
3/25/2011 2:58:11 PM
Thanks for sharing your story!

Caroline Castner, United States, AZ
3/25/2011 2:50:07 PM
Voted Evan. Good luck! ( =

Esther LLorente Pedr, Spain,
3/25/2011 1:07:55 PM
Thanks for sharing!!! Congratulations, Evan!!!

Bruna Cvjetkovi, Croatia ,
3/25/2011 1:04:58 PM
Evan ruls!!! :)

Christal Fennell, United States, GA
3/25/2011 12:58:01 PM
I think Evan is a remarkable person and deserves my vote!

amy kujawa, United States, MN
3/25/2011 12:49:56 PM
Congratulations Evan, how exciting.

Missy Lohin, United States, MA
3/25/2011 12:20:19 PM
Thanks for sharing Evan, good luck!

Nikki Carter, United States, WA
3/25/2011 11:22:15 AM
Thank you for sharing with us. Definitely has my vote!

Monica Delucchi, Chile,
3/25/2011 10:52:03 AM
A very beautiful story... I love it... Thank to share with us.

Britny Bonsignore, United States, OH
3/25/2011 9:46:46 AM
I think this is wonderful!! :)

Sarah Thornton, United States, MS
3/25/2011 9:33:56 AM
He has my Vote!

Joe Turnbull, United States, MA
3/25/2011 9:25:34 AM
When some common gifts have been withheld from an individual, heshe often is given extra gifts in an another area. Evan has uncommon interest and care in the well being of others. I know this from personal experience!

Cris herrera, United States, IL
3/25/2011 8:37:03 AM
I went to school with kids who had down syndrom. I respect them in many ways. They never complained always smiled

Lee Winer, United States, MA
3/25/2011 8:00:14 AM
Way to represent Evan!

Cindy Beals, United States, IN
3/25/2011 5:59:45 AM
From Cindy & Sara! We work at Camp Millhouse in South Bend, Indiana. Wanted you to know how much you have inspired us. Looking forward to seeing Girlfriend on the big screen =)

AquaTinta, Germany,
3/25/2011 3:07:42 AM
cant wait........

Laurie Reis, United States, CA
3/25/2011 2:48:14 AM
Great story!

jade dundon, Australia ,
3/25/2011 1:38:22 AM
Evan, you are such an inspiration to everyone. Keep up the good work :) I wish I had 12 your talent and passion

Shannon Brewer, United States, TX
3/25/2011 1:27:42 AM
Go Evan! :)

April Edwards, United States, WV
3/25/2011 1:21:43 AM
There ya go Jerad! :)

Justin Lerner, United States, CA
3/25/2011 1:01:45 AM
great story! so proud of you, Evan!

Katie Stark, United States, FL
3/25/2011 12:20:40 AM
ty

Peg Godden, United States, CA
3/31/2011 9:39:46 AM
Looking forward to seeing your movie.

Corie Chu, United States, CA
3/31/2011 9:39:46 AM
GO EVAN!!!

amelia arender, United States, CA
3/31/2011 9:39:46 AM
What an inspiration to everyone! Thank you Evan for sharing this beautiful story! :)

Julie (Bowhers) Morris, United States, SC
3/31/2011 9:39:46 AM
Evan has been a wonderful friend since I met him in 7th grade. I am so proud of him and what he has achieved and I cannot wait to see Girlfriend!

Monica Delucchi, Chile,
3/31/2011 9:39:46 AM
A wonderful history... from a wonderful boy... Thanks for share it.

Katt, United States, KS
3/31/2011 9:39:46 AM
Evan is a brilliant young man with more ambition and talent than half of young Hollywood today.

Jen Scroggins, United States, OR
3/31/2011 9:39:46 AM
As the mom of a young boy with Downs, I find his story inspirational. He shows children like my son that it is possible to achieve their dreams, they just have to believe and work hard.

Justin Lerner, United States, CA
3/31/2011 9:39:46 AM
great!

mary jenkins, United States, IA
3/31/2011 9:39:46 AM
No comment

jennifer bolio, United States, MA
3/31/2011 9:39:46 AM
i am so excited to see this movie, and the fact that it was near where i live is just so exciting.

elsebeth rensen, Denmark,
3/31/2011 9:39:46 AM
Lovely story. I hope I will be able to see the movie sometime. :)

Cindy Beals, United States, IN
3/31/2011 9:39:46 AM
cant wait to see Girlfriend!! You guys have such an amazing chemistry together. I voted for you because you have already made a difference in my life!

Jennifer Rohn, United States, NH
3/31/2011 9:39:46 AM
Very excited to see Girlfriend!

AquaTinta, Germany,
3/31/2011 9:39:46 AM
evan you are great!! cant wait to see girlfriend!!!!

Jenna, Canada,
5/2/2013 10:15:57 PM
What an amazing story! Evan You are a hero! I have developmentals delays, and you show me and others that just because you have specialneeds, dosen't mean you can't do what you want in life! Good for you for not giving up and going for your dream!

Florin Palaghia, United States, SC
3/21/2013 7:45:07 PM
Extraordinary!

Nancy Bray, United States, MA
3/21/2013 4:47:09 PM
Evan did an amazing job in this movie!

  • Buddy Walk
  • NDSS Yourway
  • My Great Story
  • NDSS DS-Ambassadors