On August 31, 2012 she voiced the character Spike in the Tinker Bell film Secret of the Wings.Also in 2012, she formed the indie band The Never Ending with guitarist Kyle Moore and drummer Johnny Franco.Her father was in the military, so she moved to numerous places in Europe.
On February 17, 2012, she starred in another Disney Channel movie entitled Radio Rebel as Tara, a very shy teenage who dreads speaking to anyone in her school, but in the privacy of her bedroom, she incorporates the most famous radio persona of the internet under the nickname 'Radio Rebel'.
She released a cover version of "We Got the Beat", by The Go-Go's, as the promotional single for the film on February 21.
On April 17, 2015, an episode of Girl Meets World premiered featuring Ryan as Aubrey Macavoy.
In 2016 Ryan was cast in the NBC police series The Mysteries of Laura in season two as Lucy Diamond, Laura's drugged and trouble-making younger paternal half-sister and the half-aunt of Nicholas and Harrison.
16 Wishes introduced Ryan to new audiences; the movie received high viewership in the adults demographic (18–34).