As a child, Taryn always had an interest in technology and music. She composed her first piece of music with computer software when she was ten years old. Soon thereafter, she starred in the pre-broadway musical Jane Eyre as Young Jane, and released her first LP "Hello World" in high school, recorded in a friend's basement.
In 2007, Taryn uploaded her first music video to YouTube. The song went viral, and Taryn continued making videos - writing, producing, and/or starring in more than 1500 videos over the course of a decade.
Over that time, she guest starred on more than a dozen TV shows (New Girl, Rules of Engagement, The League) hosted series and specials such as the The American Music Awards Live, The Grammy’s Red Carpet Live, The X Factor Pre-Show, Discovery Channel's Shark After Dark, and her own weekend summer countdown show for Sirius XM's "The Pulse."
As a producer/host, Taryn's first breakout multimedia endeavor was Project MyWorld, a 2007 television series where she traveled the globe to meet her 50,000+ MySpace friends. Soon after, she established herself as an early content creator YouTube, accumulating more than 750 million views across her online content and 500,000 subscribers. Since that time, Taryn has been a host/correspondent for numerous networks including Discovery Channel, NBC, MTV, G4, Vh1, Conde Naste and The Today Show to educate the public around new and emerging ideas.
As a writer, she sold her first scripted comedy pilot, Private High Musical, to MTV. In 2013, her song “Crush” on the Mediabase Top 200 radio charts and featured as a new and noteworthy artist by Billboard. Her second album, Flashback Friday, an ode to her favorite 80's songs, earned more than two million streams on YouTube.
In 2013, she founded digital production + consulting company Happy Cat Media, which advised dozens of companies on digital media strategies, production and influencer campaigns for companies like Snapchat, Marriott, Maker Studios, Focus Features, ATTN, and more.
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Taryn Southern is an artist, writer, and producer with more than 700 million views across her online content. As one of the first creators on YouTube, Taryn has spent the last decade at the intersection of emerging tech and storytelling.
Taryn’s directorial debut I AM HUMAN, a sci-fi documentary following three of the first real-world “cyborgs,” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2019. In 2018, Taryn released the world’s first solo pop album composed with artificial intelligence, I AM AI, demonstrating the possibilities of human/AI creative collaboration.
An active VR/AR/blockchain evangelist, in 2017, Taryn was one of ten recipients to receive a Google grant to write/produce an interactive VR series, which was nominated for Best Interactive at the Streamy Awards and featured in Ayzenberg’s XR Gallery. She has partnered on initiatives with HTC Vive, Samsung, Oculus, and was recently named one of the Top 20 Women in VR. Because of her work with emerging tech, she was featured in Ford’s national “She’s Got Drive” campaign. In 2018, Taryn released the world’s first “song token” on the blockchain, enabling artists to share royalties with an infinite number of collaborators using Ethereum technology. Shortly after, Taryn was nominated for Best Female Influencer for The Crypto Awards.
Taryn sits on the board of the National Academy of Medicine’s Longevity Challenge, which aims to award teams around the world for their breakthroughs in longevity science, and has advised/invested in Cue (consumer biotech), Werk (flexible work solutions for women), and Extend Fertility (scaleable egg freezing).
Taryn has performed at VidCon, Google’s AI Summit, The NY Times AI Conference, Web Summit, The Next Web, and Near Future Festival, and been featured in Vanity Fair, Fast Company, People, Forbes, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and more.
She continues to write, publish, and host content on advanced technologies such as egg freezing, sleep, stem cells, and biotracking for TechCrunch, Business Insider, and others.