Taryn Southern is an award-winning artist, storyteller and strategist whose work explores the intersection of emerging technology and human potential.
Originally from Kansas, Taryn’s first foray into entertainment began at 17 when she competed in the semi-finals of American Idol. In 2007, after obtaining degrees in journalism and anthropology, Taryn uploaded her first video onto YouTube.
Ten years and 750 million views later, this early YouTuber produced more than 1500 internet videos, sold series to networks like MTV, DirecTV and Maker Studios, acted in sitcoms on FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, and Comedy Central, hosted shows for Discovery Channel, Vh1, G4, and Facebook, and produced digital campaigns for companies like Marriott, Today Show, Snapchat, and ATTN.
In 2016, Taryn began leveraging her skillsets and interests as an early content influencer, creator, strategist and futurist to help high-growth emerging tech companies tell better stories. With her unique blend of experience across digital and traditional media, she’s since crafted dozens of compelling, headline-worthy experiments, films and social campaigns in the areas of artificial intelligence, VR, neurotech, and longevity science. Some of her projects include: I AM HUMAN, a 2019-Tribeca Film Festival documentary exploring the future of the brain, the world’s first AI-composed pop album to hit the radio charts, an award-winning Google VR series, and the world’s first Ethereum-enabled song token. From biotech to blockchain, Taryn’s work has been featured in publications like Vanity Fair, Fast Company, Wired, TechCrunch, Business Insider, Forbes and more.
Based in Los Angeles, Taryn’s current work includes two unscripted series based NY Times best-selling books and hosting a podcast exploring the apex of human potential. She regularly speaks at conferences and tech companies looking to leverage the science of storytelling to capture attention and inspire conversation. She signed a development deal with National Geographic in 2020.
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 -
EMERGING TECH + STORYTELLING