Taylorann was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and attended Ball State University in Indiana where she earned a B.S. in biology. After completing her undergraduate studies, she attended Duke University Marine Lab for a semester of study as a marine conservation scholar. Smith moved to Los Angeles where she started a M.S. Program at California State University in Marine Biology and interned aboard the E/V Nautilus as an Ocean Scientist. In addition to her scientific passions, she is also passionate about the arts and spends a lot of time creating drawings, paintings, sculptures, and poems.