As the children of working parents, Tara and her older sister, Erin, began their association with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley in Southern California's Orange County at very young ages for before- and after-school care. When the Huntington Valley Boys and Girls Clubs started their ''Clubhouse Theatre'' program, Erin was quick to sign up, first performing in a production of How to Eat Like a Child (written by Delia Ephron). After watching her big sister perform, Tara caught the acting bug.
In 2001, when she was just seven, Tara auditioned for the Clubhouse Theatre production of Toy Camp. She was cast in the role of "Ted E. Bear", and her acting career began. Over the next three years, Tara performed in ten children's theater productions, and declared at age nine that she needed an agent so she could move on to movie and television projects. The theater remains one of her passions.
Her first professional acting experience came in 2004, when she appeared in the Hallmark Channel original movie, Love's Enduring Promise, directed by Michael Landon, Jr. Following that, she was featured in several other films and television shows, notably appearing as the "Jump Roping Girl" in the season 2 premiere of Joan of Arcadia(2004), and as the tragically murdered child "Sally Yates" in Crossing Jordan's fourth season episode Murder in the Rue Morgue (2005).
Since then, Tara has filmed the award-winning short period piece We All Fall Down, starring Carly Schroeder, and the multiple award-winning dark comedy short, Road Kill, produced by Tom Arnold, and starring Sean Whalen and Steve Kehela, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2005 New York City Horror Film Festival. She has also appeared in National commercials for L.L. Bean Outerwear and Uncle Ben's Ready Rice, starred in episodes of Drake and Josh and Zoey 101 for Nickelodeon, and appeared as the host of Encore Channel's Fear Fest: 31 Nights of Horror. Tara can currently be seen as the recurring character "Haley" on Disney's The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and appeared on Disney's 3-Minute Game Show.
Tara also continues to perform regularly on Southern California stages, and has added to her resume starring roles in "The Diary of Anne Frank", "Annie", "Little Women", and the role of Alice in the world premiere of "Wonderland", written and directed by John Blaylock. She most recently appeared in Peter Pan with 3D Theatricals at the OC Pavilion.