I don’t hide the fact that one of my goals as an actress is to play a big action role. Sarah Connor, Ellen Ripley, Sydney Bristow and even Buffy are my on-screen heroes. I’ve been training in various forms of martial arts on and off for over 15 years, but I took it up a notch 5 years ago when I met Liam Glennon. He has been training me in a combination of Karate, Wing Chun and Boxing, and I’ve never been in better shape nor more ready to tackle that action role. So I edited together a sampling of some of the training I do. A big thanks to Mark Gantt for shooting most of it.
How does one properly capture their acting work in a demo reel that has to be under 5 mins?! For the past 3 years, I have been playing ‘June Sanders’ on GRANITE FLATS — lovely, emotional, kind but conflicted. I worked on 21 episodes! Recently, I also had the good fortune of playing a lawyer opposite Jason Lee and Brian Dennehy in Amazon Studio’s COCKED and Lara Croft in a Machinima comedy series.
But for many years, I worked on intense, gritty thriller and horror projects. My passion is scifi, I have 15 years of fight/ martial arts training and I endeavor to play the type of badass roles that Emily Blunt now plays — so I am including TWO REELS below — one with my most current TV material and one that showcases all the indie drama/ horror / badass work I’ve done in the past. Enjoy!
Haven’t you always secretly wanted to see Lara Croft and Nathan Drake get together?? Well I helped make it happen! Loved being asked by the insanely talented Woody Tondorf to play LARA CROFT (british accent and all) in his awesome series Dr. 1Up on Machinima Prime. Had so much fun shooting with the gang last year (and directed by the brilliant Yuri Baranovsky). Watch the whole series — it’s hilarious! Fingers crossed for a season 2. x
Welcome to my site! I'm an actress, writer, occasional webseries producer, and co-founder of science advocacy group SCIRENS . I play 'June Sanders' on the BYUTV series GRANITE FLATS and can be seen on numerous digital and TV series and commercials. I began producing in 2007 with the scifi web series After Judgment and am now in the midst of creating and writing numerous web and TV projects. Being an avid storyteller, a scifi geek and science nerd, I am passionate about creating story worlds that reflect the paradigm shifting times we are living in with the aim to also increase science literacy. Please check out my main blog: Operation BABE as well as my column over at Women in Entertainment site MS. IN THE BIZ. For more about me, click on the 'About Taryn' tab and follow me on twitter for my daily musings and links. Consider this your portal into my creative world.