Tal started her career fresh out of the Israel Defense Forces, with a children’s musical video tape, in which she played an evil witch. Following that, she appeared in a commercial for a laundry detergent. After that she got the lead role in the Israeli film Lihiyot Kochav (To Be A Star).
During the filming of the movie, she was offered two roles in two different Israeli television shows, and she took both. The first was a soap opera named Tzimerim, about the life of a family that runs a hotel; the second one was HaPijamot (The Pyjamas), a sitcom about a struggling band, determined to make it in the real world. This sitcom ran for six seasons, which she took part at 3 of them, and later took part as a guest star, and gave Tal the chance to show her musical talent. Although she was the main character only in the first three seasons, she appeared in the fourth season for several episodes. Following that, Tal recorded several songs with Israeli rapper Subliminal.
Seeking some rest from her busy schedule, Tal went to New York City to live with her sister. In New York, she met singer Wyclef Jean and recorded a song with him (the song “Party to Damascus” has Tal singing the chorus in Hebrew). In a recent[when?] interview he referred to himself as her mentor, seeking to help her with her true passion, music. She learned to speak with an American accent for the trip to Los Angeles.
She landed a role on Veronica Mars, that of Meg Manning, one of Veronica Mars’ few friends. Tal had originally auditioned for the lead eponymous role on the show, which went to Kristen Bell, but Rob Thomas liked her so much that he created the recurring role of Meg Manning specifically for her. She also played the recurring role Jo Harvelle on the second and fifth seasons of Supernatural. Tal also guest-starred on the series finale of Monk as Adrian Monk’s stepdaughter, Molly Evans. In 2010 she performed the voice of Catherine-B320 (also known as Kat) in the video game Halo: Reach.