Filmmaker & Rising LGBTQ+ Star on Splashy New Series

Filmmaker, writer, producer, director, actress and LGBT activist, Tay Barrett is the multi-hyphenate talent you need on your radar. With her finger on the pulse of entertainment and a practical yet, hilarious take on her own experiences, Tay is single-handedly coining her own unique brand of raw andawkwardly-cringeworthy comedy.Chosen as a rising creator for millennial LGBTQ+ network HERE TV, Tay now brings viewers a semi-autobiographical look at her life in “Work In Progress” currently enthralling audiences in the festival circuit and making its series premiere in late April on HERE TV.
“Work In Progress” chronicles Tay’s fictional self as she reflects on her own, undeniably relatable path to discovering herself through her sometimes clumsy endeavors and strange experiences, including a few uncanny odd jobs along the way. Some of those job experiences reflected in the show don’t even begin to describe some of the curious job choices Tay actually took including, but not limited to her time as a data entry associate for Variety Magazine, a publicist for a gentleman running gay sex parties, SAT tutor, employee of the month at a kitchenware supplier and many more. As a writer, all of these short-lived but interesting jobs served as research, her creative mind always tapped in while she became a Jill of all trades. 

HERE TV, a TV network geared towards LGBT audiences, saw potential in Tay and offered her $30,000 after she graduated college to be a part of their Incubator Program: a project that gives rising filmmakers funding, expertise, an d resources to create professional level programming. With HERE TV’s investment and support, Tay created “Work in Progress,” a new TV series filmed in 4K that chronicles Tay’s fictional self as she reflects on her own, undeniably relatable path to discovering herself through her sometimes clumsy endeavors and strange experiences, including a few uncanny odd jobs along the way. Some of those job experiences reflected in the show don’t even begin to describe some of the curious job choices Taylor actually took including, but not limited to her time as a data entry associate for Variety Magazine, a publicist for a gentleman running gay sex parties, SAT tutor, employee of the month at a Williams Sonoma and many more. As a writer, all of these short-lived but interesting jobs served as research, her creative mind always tapped in while she became a Jill of all trades.
Born and raised in Southern California, Tay’s mother was an actress on famed sitcom “Alf” and her father owner of one of the most prominent talent agencies in Los Angeles. Unlike many parents who try to shield their children from the entertainment business, Tay’s were the opposite – encouraging her to embrace her creative side as they had both done the same. It paid off, from a young age knowing entertainment would be where she ended up. As a sophomore she was accepted early for Carnegie Mellon’s pre-college Summer course while she also joined Groundlings in Los Angeles. Tay went on to study at North Western, double majoring in Creative Writing – Nonfiction and Sociology. Soon after moving to LA, Tay wrote her first web series, “Tiny Nuts” wanting to create more strong female-focused roles. Her sly, nuanced and thoughtful programming took off on Hulu leading to a strong partnership with emerging streaming channel, HERE TV. From there Tay took a mic to the streets for Pride.com creating a hilarious, but relatable group of videos for the site before taking a job to work as first camera-opp for a documentary based on the government corruption in Bulgaria. It was there Tay crossed paths with John Marigano again, who she worked with on “Tiny Nuts.” He offered her a 6-part 30-minute episode series with HERE TV. With everything coming full circle, Tay has the world at her fingertips.


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