Taryn Manning is an American actress, fashion designer and singer-songwriter who is the vocalist for electronic duo Boomkat and co-owner of the clothing brand Born Uniqorn.
She is best known for her role as Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett, a former drug addict who has very bad teeth due to drug abuse, in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black.
Manning gained her first major role as an actress in 2001 when she played the role of Maddy in Crazy/Beautiful, which lead to roles in Hawaii Five-0, 8 Mile, Hustle & Flow, Sons of Anarchy, and Love Ranch to name a few.
In 2008, Manning completed work on the independent features Your Name Here, written and directed by Matt Wilder opposite Bill Pullman, The Speed of Thought opposite Nick Stahl, and Waking Madison, opposite Sara Roemer and Elisabeth Shue.
Previously, Manning also starred in the film Weirdsville opposite Wes Bentley and Scott Speedman. Other feature film credits include 8 Mile, A Lot Like Love, Crossroads, Crazy/Beautiful, Cold Mountain, Dandelion, The Breed, Kill Theory, When Nines Roll and White Oleander.
Manning is known for exploring a range of diverse roles in television, independent films and major studio productions. Always one to have multiple projects in the works, while juggling her acting career, Manning is a true force with her sultry vocals as the front woman of Boomkat and the saucy electronic beats on her solo tracks.
Manning's music career began in 2003 when Taryn and brother Kellin united to form the band, Boomkat. The duo released their debut album, Boomkatalog.One through Dreamworks with their first single, "The Wreckoning," making its debut as #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
Boomkat closed out 2003 as Billboard Magazine's #5 Hot Dance Club Play Artist of the Year. After a four-year hiatus and much anticipation, Boomkat released a new single "Runaway."
Motivated by the success of the track, Boomkat released their sophomore album, A Million Trillion Stars in March 2009 through Manning's Little Vanilla Records.
The soulful single "Wastin' My Time" from the same record was personally licensed by Eminem and featured on the 8 Mile Soundtrack which sold over 6 million records worldwide.
Boomkat's remake of the Blondie song "Rip Her to Shreds" can be heard in the opening credits of the film Mean Girls and "The Wreckoning" was used in the opening scene of The Italian Job.
In 2009, Manning laid down her first dance infused solo track, "So Talented," which landed in an episode of The CW's Melrose Place.
A regular on the club music scene and eager to explore the entirety of her music career, Manning began experimenting as a DJ. With an ear for music, Manning easily booked gigs including high profile events such as House of Hype's Sundance and Coachella parties, The Runaways closing party at SXSW and a pre-Grammy Party at SLS Hotel.
All of which lead to a two-month residency at L.A. hot spot, Crown Bar and a signing with Moodswing360, one of the premiere DJ booking agencies in the industry.
With a solid playlist created specific for each event, Manning is continuing to show her longevity within the industry.
Manning put her red carpet premieres and fashion forward thinking to the drawing board as the co-owner of clothing brand, Born Uniqorn, with her best friend Tara Jane in 2005.
The clothing line represents Taryn's eclectic, colourful and energetic personality, along with her pop/rockstar image. Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton and Tori Spelling are just a few of the celebrities that have been wearing the brand. Their lines are inspired by old paintings from the 60's and 70's.
Manning was born in Falls Church, Virginia but raised in Tucson, Arizona until age twelve. Her energy and competitive nature brought her recognition and awards in everything from Karate to roller-skating.
While living in Cardiff, California and attending various dance classes she realised her passion to perform. This led her to attend the prestigious Orange County High School of the Arts where her vocal, dance, and acting talents were groomed and developed.