Danny J. Gomez


Danny J Gomez guest starred in NBC's New Amsterdam.  He credits the the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge for helping to kick-start his acting career, starring in film challenge winning films Check Mate in 2018 and in I/O in 2019.  At the 2018 film challenge awards ceremony he was spotted by his current talent agent Gail [...]

Danny J. Gomez2021-02-01T07:31:12-08:00

Emily Hopper


Emily Hopper (star of our 2019 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge “Best Film” winner- Parents, Inc.) booked a major role as a disabled teenager in the Amy Poehler-directed Netflix film, MOXIE. The Film Moxie is currently scheduled to be released later this year on Netflix.

Emily Hopper2021-02-01T07:37:04-08:00

Nicole Lynn Evans


Nicole Lynn Evans won the Best Actor award at the 2019 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. After her win, Nicole booked a recurring role on NBC's Superstore. Nicole thanks the film challenge, saying, “It has led to so many opportunities to put my work forward both as an actor and writer. I’m very grateful to the Easterseals [...]

Nicole Lynn Evans2021-01-25T07:22:07-08:00

Sofiya Cheyenne


Sofiya Cheyenne credits the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge for leading to her first recurring role on TV. Now in its third season, she continues her role of Louise on the hit comedy “Loudermilk.”  A long-time participant, it was her 2018 film challenge submission, “You’re Up,” that caught the attention of Oscar-winning Director Peter Farrelly for the role. At the time, [...]

Sofiya Cheyenne2021-01-25T07:22:27-08:00

Shaina Ghuarya


A filmmaker and USC MFA graduate was a finalist in the 2019 Easterseals Disability FIlm Challenge.  As a finalist she was invited to attend a special workshop put on by the Sundance Institute for all finalists. The workshop encouraged our participants to apply to the Sundance labs and let them know about all the grants [...]

Shaina Ghuarya2021-02-01T07:38:26-08:00

Scarlett Furgueson


Eight-year-old actress Scarlett Furgueson landed a major role for in an upcoming Dreamworks Animated TV show slated to air on Netflix. Easterseals worked with Universal and Dreamworks on a Voice Over workshop which was held at Dreamworks (with a preliminary voice over workshop held at Voice Caster casting office) for performers with disabilities, like Scarlett. These workshops have provided [...]

Scarlett Furgueson2021-02-01T07:40:29-08:00

Leah Zelaya


Actress Leah Zelaya, who uses a wheelchair, was suggested for a role in the Jennifer Lopez Universal film Marry Me (directed by film challenge judge, Kat Cairo) and was ultimately hired.

Leah Zelaya2021-02-01T07:43:18-08:00

Rachel Handler


Rachel won the Best Actor award in the 2014 film challenge and was nominated again for best film in 2018. She went on to submit her winning short, “Committed” to the AT&T Film Awards, where she won the  2019 Underrepresented Filmmaker Award and a $5,000 cash prize. The film challenge is helping boost Rachel’s continued success. She [...]

Rachel Handler2021-01-25T07:23:34-08:00

Santina Muha


Santina both wrote and starred in Take It Back, which was nominated for Best Film at the 2019 Easterseals Disability Challenge. Santina credits the film challenge for the creative drive it gave her, and the success that followed. She now has a TV comedy, “Pretty,” in development with CBS. Santina says the film challenge motivated her to [...]

Santina Muha2021-01-25T07:26:37-08:00

Jamie Brewer


Jamie Brewer was recognized as ‘Best Actor’ in the 2017 Film Challenge. The film she appeared in, “Whitney’s Wedding,” has screened in many film festivals internationally, and Jamie recently attended the South Dakota Film Fest where the film received rave reviews and fans were pleased to get the opportunity to meet and take photos with her. [...]

Jamie Brewer2021-01-25T07:24:09-08:00
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