Welp if you’re here I’m sure you kinda already know what we’re up to today, talking about making stuff and having fun. My name’s Tara Jayn! That’s okay. There’s no reason you should know my name. I’m just like you, a hustler trying to make my way in an industry I love.
I’m gonna make this fast so we can get down to business! Here’s some highlights.
-My IMBD, whoop! Isn't it pretty.
-I come from theatre folk and I got the “self-produce” bug producing and directing plays.
-I love acting and even more I LOVE television and movies so in 2006 I moved to Los Angeles.
-The WGA went on strike in 2007… Yikes. So I went back to self producing and with my writing partner, Natalie Lynch, made over 70 Youtube videos.
-I produced and starred in the transmedia series SOCIAL MEDIUM.
-I co-wrote, produced and starred in the award winning short film IMAGINARY FRIENDS.
-I’ve crowd funded on IndieGoGo. Yikes again.
-You may have also seen me on PARKS AND RECREATION and if you didn’t blink GREEK and GREY’S ANATOMY (both which are fun Hollywood type stories and experiences I wouldn’t trade for anything).
-Worked for Desert Wolf while they were in production on PENNY DREADFUL Season 2 and GENIUS (some NDA action there but here’s a fun word I learned while on the job, Quickbooks).
-I’ve got a new Youtube show called NATALIE AND TARA TRY STUFF. Ever eaten live octopus… I have and I blame our show.
-I have massive dyslexia! Like how do you spell deafeningly… defenintly… definintaly… definitely! I am definitely dyslexic, very, very dyslexic.
Point is I’ve spent sometime working on my dream projects other peoples projects. I’ve seen some stuff. And I’m hoping I can relay all the things I’ve learned and keep you from making some of my mistakes.
So go on! Ask me anything!
UPDATE: Well hey guys, that was fun. I hope I was helpful at least in some small way. My best advice is to keep making content and making friends. We all have days of massive doubt, no one has got it all together or knows exactly what they're doing. Just keep moving forward and be excellent to each other!