“I have struggled for so long man to define what it is I am supposed to do, and I don’t know that I am doing what I am supposed to do. I am just doing it”. – Chris Snyder
Born and raised in Knoxville, TN on a mission to make it to the Big Leagues. Chris Snyder talks about learning how to pitch at a young age after giving up on the dream to be a left-handed catcher.
His journey from high school to Holland by way of JUCO, UT and the Atlanta Braves is a great story of determination mixed with the ups and downs of chasing your dream while discovering yourself. Upon retiring from baseball he decided to chase yet another dream of being an actor/writer in Hollywood.
After 20 years of auditions, commercials, TV pilots and indie films he has discovered his passion for storytelling and photography while giving back to his community and returning to youth baseball. Chris lives in Santa Monica, CA with his wife and daughter and continues to pass on his experience and knowledge of the game to a group of 13u Big League dreamers.
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Chris shares with us in this episode:
- How getting good coaching early on helped him excel quickly
- The highs and lows of college and professional baseball
- His passion for writing and photography
- The grind of making it in Hollywood
- And much, much more!
How We Met
I was sitting in my office one day in between lessons when Chris came by looking to find a side gig while he was kicking off his acting career in Hollywood. I love helping out anyone looking to help others and especially kids.
I knew right away he would have the personality needed to keep up with the summer camps we had planned that season. His baseball background was impressive and in all honesty, I was excited to have him on our team. We became friends and continued to work together and even played together for a bit while we still had some gas left in the tank.
Schneeder, as I like to call him, and I became good friends and we have stayed close the past 18+ years. We traveled and coached in Italy together. Lived as single guys navigating through life in LA. Spent countless hours conversing about the world and everything in it. We both eventually found wives and it made our friendship stronger. Our daughters are 3 years apart and we share a ton of life experiences and philosophies that make it easy to stay connected. I am very thankful and grateful to have this talented dude and solid friend in my life.