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Tara  Schuster

Tara Schuster

Best-Selling Author & Former VP of Talent and Development at Comedy Central


Tara Schuster is a best-selling author, playwright, and accomplished entertainment executive. Tara Schuster served as Vice President of Talent and Development at Comedy Central where she was the Executive in Charge of the Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning Key & Peele, the Emmy® Award winning @Midnight, and Lights Out with David Spade. For her work on Key & Peele, Jordan Peele remarked that Schuster is “ahead of her time...she sees the future a little bit.” Her book, Buy Yourself The F*cking Lilies, debuted as the #1 New Release in Humor Essays and Self-Help on both Audible and Kindle. InStyle, People Magazine, Cosmopolitan, GoodreadsBuzzFeed, Goop, and many others have chosen Buy Yourself The F*cking Lilies as one of the best new books of 2020. Read More >

By the time she was in her late twenties, Tara Schuster was a rising TV executive who had worked for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and helped launch Key & Peele to viral superstardom. By all appearances, she had mastered being a grown-up. But beneath that veneer of success, she was a chronically anxious, self-medicating mess. No one knew that her road to adulthood had been paved with depression, anxiety, and shame, owing in large part to her minimally parented upbringing. She realized she’d hit rock bottom when she drunk-dialed her therapist pleading for help.

Through simple, daily rituals, Tara transformed her mind, body, and relationships, and now shows audiences how they can: 

  • fake gratitude until you actually feelgratitude
  • excavate your emotional wounds and heal them with kindness
  • identify your self-limiting beliefs, kick them to the curb, and start living a life you choose
  • silence your inner frenemy and shield yourself from self-criticism
  • carve out time each morning to start your day empowered, inspired, and ready to rule
  • create a life you truly, totally f*cking LOVE

These are the vital lessons Tara wished someone would have shared with her and it's the wisdom many of us desperately need right now: candid, hysterical, practical tools to growing up (no matter where you are in life) and learning to love yourself in a non-throw-up-in-your-mouth-it’s-so-cheesy way.

Tara's winning combination of humor, vulnerability, and hard-won wisdom leave audiences inspired and motivated to create lasting change in their lives. More than talk however, Tara gives you easy to implement tools to take better care of your mental-health, physical health, relationships, and even your spirit. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Finding Your Voice

Deemed a “veteran television executive” by the Hollywood Reporter, Tara Schuster worked for years helping prestigious artists like Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key and Oscar winner Jordan Peele clarify and amplify their voices. Drawing on her experience of developing and helping to create Emmy and Peabody award winning television shows, Schuster offers her hilarious insights into what can stop us from employing our most authentic voices and how we can overcome those hurdles. Using real life examples from her time in Hollywood as well as from her experience writing her own best-selling memoir, Schuster offers funny, concrete tips and lessons on how anyone can find their most authentic voice.

Building Faith In Yourself

Publications from People Magazine, to InStyle Magazine to Cosmopolitan have selected Schuster’s book as a “must read” for anyone looking to build self-love. But how do you actually do that? Using practical, tested, not-impossible tips and tricks from her own life, Schuster shows how we can identify our Frenemy Within (our inner critic), kick it to the curb, and replace it with a positive and confidence building map of who we are. In this soulful yet funny talk, Schuster will show us how to find our self-esteem and principles so we can grow into the people we most want to become.

Self Care in Crisis

In the current, chaotic climate, self-care is more essential than ever, but few have the tool kit necessary to nurture themselves. Using hilarious stories of navigating personal and professional crisis, Tara will give your listeners concrete, actionable steps they can take to find a little joy in the worst of circumstances, because, yes, it’s possible.

Personalized Self-Care Boot Camp

Want to work directly with Tara to build a not-impossible-to-maintain self-care routine you can stick to for a lifetime? Yes, a lifetime. Tara’s got your back! Work one-on-one with Tara to figure out who you are at your core, the person you want to be, and the habits in your everyday life that will support that vision of you. This is for anyone who wants motivation, inspiration, and practical ways to achieve the most abundant and stable version of themselves.