Taryn Southern – Gadget Geek
Taryn Southern is a writer, producer, actress, and TV host primarily known for her work in the online world. Referred in 2009 as ‘a webutante extraordinaire’ by Tubefilter.tv, Taryn’s online videos and series have been seen by more than 100 million people and featured in People, Cosmopolitan, USA Today, Redbook, Maxim, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, ABC, and more.
Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Taryn grew up performing music theatre, landing her first lead role as the young Jane Eyre in the pre-Broadway musical “Jane Eyre,”written/directed by Les Miserables’ creator John Caird.
In her teens, Taryn ventured into the world of television hosting and lead several teen talk shows on the WB and PBS. At the age of 19, Taryn graduated from the University of Miami and received degrees in Anthropology and Mixed Media Journalism. She then took several months off to travel South America and Europe before heading to Los Angeles.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Taryn has acted in a handful of films and web series, as well as hosted several network television series and specials for major award shows including the red carpet broadcasts for the American Music Awards, Grammys, Young Hollywood Awards, and Golden Globes.
More notably, however, Taryn is the first person to have sold two television shows – scripted and unscripted – based on produced online content. In 2006, she executive produced and starred in Project MyWorld, a travel series on DirecTV, in which she traveled the world and met her friends on MySpace. In 2009, Taryn sold a half-hour comedy pilot to MTV known as Private High Musical, based on a web series that Taryn had written, produced, and starred in.
Through her company, Pink Hamsta Productions, Taryn continues to write and produce one-off videos and serialized content for the internet.