Kw-logo-holiday

Boomkat's Taryn Manning Interview (pg. 4)

Taryn and her brother Kellin write their own music and lyrics.
Courtesy of Dreamworks
Sindy: I know you lost your dad when you were 14. A lot of Kidzworld members have gone through - or are going through - the same thing. Can you give them advice on how to deal?
Taryn Manning: It just depends what you believe in, really. I don't want to mess with anybody's religion, but one thing I hold on to is the fact that I believe in Heaven and I believe all souls are reunited. So, I just hold on to the fact that I'll see him again. It really excites me - not like I'm excited to die - but I'm excited to see him again.

As a kid, it was tough. It really drove me, though. Instead of taking a route where you get really depressed or do bad things, it really drove me instead. I really wanted to make the most out of my life. I was so driven when he passed, all I wanted to do was fulfill my dreams of being an entertainer. My dad was an entertainer too and he never blew up. He was involved in lots of records where the band broke-up or folded, or whatever. So, my whole thing has just been to live on and fulfill things he didn't get to. It was so painful and confusing when he died. I still wonder why and I still miss him a lot. I know it's been 10 years but I can still get really, really sad. Now, though, I just live in his essence and just kinda keep moving and try to make him proud.

Sindy: Speaking of proud, your mom must be pretty proud, huh?
Taryn Manning: She loves it. Our mom's our biggest fan, ever. She just wants us to be happy. You know, it's not always easy, and there are moments when I say 'this is not fun.' But, my mom gives me the best advice on how to keep my head on straight, enjoy the journey and not think about the destination. If you just think about the future, you're passing by everything that it takes to get there and you're ignoring your life. My mom grounds me and my brother and she's so proud of us. It's funny because she's in the game with us too and she's got her ear to the ground.

Sindy: We have lots of members who want to be an actress or a singer. You've scored big in both areas, so what advice can you give?
Taryn Manning: Well, I have always taken voice lessons. Even though I have a good voice, I believe that you can always be better just by learning how to breathe and place your voice properly. Same with acting. I took tons of acting classes and it wasn't to become a great actor. I believe that you can't really learn to act because ultimately it's just something inside of you. But, my acting classes taught me confidence and how to perform in front of other people and not be shy or scared.

Also, take every opportunity to perform. Whether it be a church or a school thing, or whatever you're involved in - you need to perform to gain confidence. I believe that confidence is ultimately what drives any performer. You gotta be able to put yourself out there.

I also read a lot of books on how to make it as a performer in LA or New York. Stuff like how to start your cover letters and head shots. I just really researched it. I started with nothing but a dream. I took acting classes, was in drama classes at school, and every opportunity I got to show myself, I did.

Related Stories:

  • Part 1 of Talking with Taryn Manning's Boomkat
  • Taryn Manning Bio
  • Crossroads: Featuring Taryn Manning & Britney Spears
  • More Musical Interviews, News and Reviews
  • >

    readers voted!

    Comments

    there are 0 comments

    Please login or register to add comments


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like it!

    latest videos

    What is the name of their debut album?
    • Youth and Young Manhood
    • Kings of Leon
    • Aha Shake Heartbreak
    • Because of the Times

    related stories

    Entertainment in the forums

    Demix
    Demix posted in Celebs:
    "RosyLPS123" wrote:do you have Google+? do you know gigglpony? (OMG LPS POPULAR IS THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER! SophieGTV is THE BEST!)
    reply about 3 hours
    Evelyhn
    Evelyhn posted in Movies:
    OH MY GOD NO NO NO NONONONONONONONONONONONONONO IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN DFSNIOFHCEWFNEWJVWREBLAWE;AJDFG I CAN'T DO THIS I CAN'T I CAN'T IT'S NOT HAPPENING I WAN'T READY YOU CAN'T PLEASE YOU CAN'T DO THIS OH MY GOD NONONONONONONONO
    reply about 3 hours
    MaDaRaHeCk
    It was a one story house so no stairs
    reply about 5 hours
    Kirarin12
    Kirarin12 posted in Celebs:
    neither. i hate him :/ but wouldn't slap him :D
    reply about 8 hours
    Freshqueen
    Freshqueen posted in Celebs:
    Slap plus I hate justin bieber cause he sings like a girl and is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo gay 
    reply about 8 hours

    play online games

    Hour-of-code-tumb

    Codey the troll is lost! Help him avoid obstacles and get back into the computer...

    Candy-quest-feature

    Your troll is lost! Help it avoid obstacles and get back into the computer.

    Fo...

    Dragon-dash

    Your dragon must return to guard the treasure! Help it gather lost coins and avo...

    _thumb_100x100

    Shoot blobs with different properties to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be r...

    1005_cc_kidz_100x100_vlh

    Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    _thumb_100x100

    Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

    Frostbox_100x100

    Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...