An artist, storyteller and digital personality with more than 750 million views across her online videos, Taryn Southern has had a longstanding fascination with internet culture & influence. A former YouTube personality & comedian, Taryn is passionate about the intersection of emerging technology, storytelling, and human potential. Over the past decade, she has architected digital campaigns for personalized genomics, egg freezing, AI, sleep, stem cells, and biotech companies and is passionate about ideas that enhance well-being into the mainstream.
Taryn's first breakout media endeavor was Project MyWorld, a 2007 television series on DirecTV where she traveled the globe to meet her 50,000+ MySpace friends. Soon after, she established herself as an content creator on YouTube, accumulating more than 500,000 subscribers and dozens of viral hits.
Since that time, Taryn has been a host/correspondent for numerous networks including Discovery Channel, NBC, MTV, G4, Vh1, Conde Naste, Maker Studios, Endemol, and The Today Show, synthesizing technology, internet culture and humor for a broad audience. Having produced more than 1,000 videos through her production company Happy Cat Media, Taryn has an in-depth understanding of digital influence, marketing, and creating stories with broad appeal.
An advocate for women in science and tech, Taryn sits on the board of Tubular Labs and the National Academy of Medicine’s Longevity Challenge. Her work has been featured in publications like Vanity Fair, Fast Company, Wired, TechCrunch, Business Insider, Forbes and more.
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Taryn's directorial debut documentary, I AM HUMAN, followed three real-world "cyborgs" with implantable brain interfaces and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019. Taryn’s other creative work includes the world’s first solo music album composed with artificial intelligence I AM AI, (2018), an award-winning immersive VR series funded by one of twelve Google grants (2018), and the world’s first “song token” on the blockchain, enabling artists to share royalties with an infinite number of collaborators using Ethereum technology. As a provocative female voice in the frontier technology space, Taryn was named one of the Top 10 Women in Blockchain in 2017 and has been nominated for two Streamy Awards.
Originally a cultural anthropology & media studies double major with an emphasis on “inner culture,” Taryn’s university fieldwork included eco-tourism in Belize, archaeological preservation in Key West, and the ayahuasca traditions in Peru.
Taryn's directorial debut, I AM HUMAN, a sci-fi documentary following three of the world's first "cyborgs," premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Now available on VOD platforms -
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