Ryan Taerk is a very talented actor, musician, screenwriter, and songwriter from Toronto, Canada. Ryan has loved the performing arts for as long as I can remember. His career started in our basement as the director, producer, costume designer, stage manager, set designer, and star of our shows that we would put on for our family. Since then he has built quite the resume of acting credits including “Wish Upon” (Broad Green Pictures), The Umbrella Academy (Netflix), and most recently, “The Communist’s Daughter” (CBC Gem).
On the music side of things, Ryan is a great guitarist/vocalist and has backed up our brother/writing partner, Josh Taerk, on many European and North American tours. Together the three of us reached a major milestone when Josh released our co-written song “Beautiful Tragedy,” to US radio in 2019. The song broke the Billboard Top 40 Pop Indicator Chart at #38 and spent three weeks in the Top 40 on the Mediabase Pop Activator Chart.
As his younger brother, Ryan has always been someone that I have looked up to for so many reasons. Two specific things about him that stand out more than any other are his sense of humour and his big heart. If Ryan was on an airplane and the oxygen bags came down, he would be the one making sure everyone had theirs on or offering his to someone who needed it more, before he put his own on. He founded and co-operates Taerk’s Turkey Drive, which started off as an organization donating a handful of Thanksgiving meals to families in the GTA who are going through hard times. This initiative has grown in just a few years to being able to give hundreds of meals to those in need over the holidays this past year.
As mentioned earlier, Ryan’s sense of humour is also something I marvel at. He is one of the quickest thinking people I have ever met. Working with him starts off as a structured discussion about the story we’re writing at that time, but usually turns into a laughing fit about something one of us said, and will lead to some creative inspiration. Fun fact about Ryan, when you get him to a certain level of laughter it’s very hard to get him to stop! That is the overwhelming review from everybody that has worked with Ryan, he’s just so much fun to be around.
His positivity, fun energy, and love for what he does easily make him one of my favourite people… and no, he did not explicitly ask me to write that sentence.
– By Matt Taerk (Writing partner and brother)
“And there you have it! That was a day in the life during the pandemic. Even though I spend the majority of my time at home, I am loving it. I am very grateful that despite my day to day being slightly different to what I was used to, it’s still always a great day! I am very fortunate that I was able to bubble with my family during this time, so not only has it fostered a lot of creativity and productivity, but also made my super close family even closer. So grateful!”
What ‘hood are you in?
I currently live in North York, but pre-pandemic I spent a lot of time with friends and family all over the city. I grew up in North York, so it has always felt like home. One of my favourite parts about where I live is that I am close enough to the excitement and fun of mid/downtown, but can enjoy the beautiful parks, space, and slower pace up north.
What do you do?
I am an actor, screenwriter, songwriter, musician, entrepreneur, but most proudly, the third son of my parents. 🙂
What are you currently working on?
I am currently co-creating and developing my first pilot script that I co-wrote with my writing partners and brothers, Josh and Matt Taerk, as well as new songs that will hopefully be released in the near future. There are a few exciting projects that are coming to fruition, and I can’t wait to share more news about them in the near future.
Where can we find your work?
You can watch The Communist’s Daughter on CBC Gem. The series is shot in Toronto, and is set in 1989. Excited for pop culture enthusiasts to pinpoint some major 80s references throughout our fun season!
If you are interested in hearing some of the music I’ve worked on, then check out Josh Taerk’s music on Apple Music, Spotify, Youtube, basically anywhere music can be streamed or listened to.