Go From Waiting To Be Discovered, To Booking The Roles You Were Born To Play!

You long to be a consistently working actor. But when gatekeepers who don't even know you call the shots, it's hard to get the right auditions. You're starting to wonder if you'll ever get this "acting thing" off the ground!

Following your dreams should be exciting... not depressing!

I was exactly where you are! I've been in the acting business in Los Angeles for 16 years and I know what it's like to work your butt off and see gravely disproportionate results. It's maddening.

After years of trying #AllTheThings, I've found a way to live an artistic life with joy and financial stability. I want to help you get there faster!


Actor Business Plan is the only implementation program of its kind that not only shows you how to get crystal clear on your brand and marketing materials, but how to use that information to strategically grow your career and book more acting work

Here's The Plan...

Get Instant Access

Enroll in Actor Business Plan and instantly unlock the ABP Core Curriculum, Interactive Worksheets & Templates, Bonus Trainings and Tutorial Vault.

Create A Business Plan

Learn the most important details that make an actor highly castable, what your personal brand is, and how to leverage that knowledge to book the right roles faster.

Join The Tribe

Enjoy ongoing support any time you need it with our private online mastermind and Live Q&A's. As well as lifetime access to all course content and future updates.

Admit it: you have no idea how to market yourself as an actor! I can help with that! I'm committed to providing you with every tool I have to help you cultivate the fulfilling acting career of your dreams. I'm holding nothing back.

"I booked five projects in the first month!"

"From the very first lesson of ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN, I was so inspired. Auditions have gone from "Please let me book this!" to "Let me help THEM find who they are looking for.” Getting crystal clear on my “type” and submitting for the right roles is a game changer! The ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN resources and bonuses are worth the price alone. If you're passionate about acting and want to take your business to the next level, this course is for you - 100%"


"I wish I would've had this ten years ago!"

If you think you know everything about the business, you don't, and this is the course you need to really study. They tell you "It's not what you know, but who you know". This program is like having an insider friend telling you all the secrets about the business AND being real about it. It feels as if she’s revealing classified information. She’s lifted the curtain to OZ.

A.J. O'CONNELL  //  Actor

The Average Monthly Rent In Los Angeles = $1440

At that rate, you can't afford to waste a single day!

Not having a strategic plan for your acting business is costing you time, money, and years of not doing what you love most. Don't risk..

  • Spending the next year passively waiting for auditions to "build your credits."
  • Wasting money on yet another round of headshots, hoping these "work."
  • Getting hyped up for another agent showcase or casting workshop, only to hear crickets.

Instead, Get Clear On Your Biz-ness!

When you learn to view your career from a business perspective, you'll have...

  • Clarity on your brand & attract the roles you were born to play.
  • A tangible budget and career strategy, tailored to your unique situation, so you know where to invest and when.
  • Expert-level working knowledge of the entertainment industry so you can effectively collaborate with directors, writers, & casting directors.
  • A supportive community cheering you on.

It's time to take your dreams out of the hands of the gatekeepers.

Dreams are meant for chasing... not waiting.

Here's A Peek Inside The Course...

Actor Business Plan is a step-by-step guide to launching & growing the fulfilling career you've always dreamed about. Enroll now and get instant access to our suite of lessons, bonus trainings, worksheets and templates. Plus immediate access to our private Facebook community with Live  Q & A's with Tristen and other industry experts!

Available Wherever You Are

Computer, tablet, phone...

Take your training with you wherever you go! So you can learn on vacation, at the gym, or waiting for your turn at that commercial audition.

Hours of Training & Bonus Content

All lessons are available right away in your member's area. Along with worksheets and audio files so you can use the content the way you learn best. 

Unlike in-person courses where you need to scribble all your notes as you go, these lessons will be here any time you need them and updated as new information becomes available.

Private Facebook Mastermind with Bi-Monthly Live Q & A's

Work through the content at your own pace, and when you need it, your Facebook Community will be there to offer feedback, support, and answer questions. 

Twice per month, Tristen & other industry professionals will be in the group answering your questions live.

A Tsunami Of Downloadable Templates, Worksheets, & Checklists

Not only will you receive your printable career BIZ PLAN, you'll have instant access to our growing library of additional resources. Including...

  • Agent Meeting Prep Checklist
  • Headshot Prep Guide
  • Find Your Type Survey & Worksheet
  • Yearly Task Calendar
  • Resume Template
  • Customizable Budget Worksheet
  • Residual Income Tracker

Ready To Rock?

You don't have to do this alone, your team is waiting for you on the inside!

One-Time Payment of $647

Join ABP During Launch Week & Get A Special Founding Member Discount

($647)  $497

  • Instant Access To All Course Content & Bonus Trainings
  • Instant Access To Our Private Mastermind Group
  • Lifetime Access To All Future Course Updates

Our Students Are Both New Actors...

"In one word... Fulfilling!"

I’m about to make the leap to LA and am so grateful to have found Tristen and ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN. It gave me the power to tackle a ton of tasks before the move so I’m totally prepared! The course is detailed, organized, and forces you to ask tough questions of yourself. In many of the lessons, I felt like she was talking directly to me.

Tristen pull no punches, she’s direct and honest about the realities of the entertainment industry and I love that. Moving to LA isn’t for everyone, but if you’re serious about doing this, ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN will give you the insight and tools to succeed.


... And Veteran Actors     

"A genuine renewed hope for my career!"

An acting veteran, I started in Hollywood 20+ years ago but never gained the traction I was hoping for. I’ve felt STUCK STUCK STUCK for ten years now. That is, until I took ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN. It's the best course I've taken on the Business of Acting -- totally worth the investment! It’s specific, detailed, and covers more realities of the business than anything else I've tried.


You Can't Afford To Move To Los Angeles Without A Plan!

Becoming a professional actor is a career like any other. It takes training, guidance, and knowing the right people. Let us guide you through all the tough stuff BEFORE you get here! So you can feel confident as soon as you arrive!

Inside Actor Business Plan, You'll Get...

  • Step-by-step guidance with all the tools you'll need to kick off a successful career, taught by current working professionals.
  • A clear grasp of your "brand," where you fit into the current market, and how to leverage that information to book more work.
  • An inside look at the industry from the perspective of casting directors, writers, & directors.
  • Easy-to-use templates, organizational systems, & tutorials to keep your business running smoothly.
  • How to read contracts & sniff out a scam.
  • How to create your own work - even if you've never done it before! Don't be scared, we'll walk you through it.
  • Tips on how to "Network" without feeling awkward, sleazy, or needy.
  • Unlimited ongoing access to course materials and all future updates.

PLUS Access To Our Private Facebook Mastermind Group

Where Tristen and expert guests will be answering your questions LIVE every two weeks

Leverage this group to...

  • Crowdsource career decisions from best times to move, areas of town to seek housing, find roommates/couch-surfing opportunities, etc.
  • Receive quick feedback from your peers on anything from headshots to reels.
  • Start building your future network of creative partners today.
  • Access bonus career-building challenges and support!

The Curriculum


Module 1 - Defining Your Product

The magic starts here as you reframe your mindset to a small business owner & being of service to your clients. You'll get clear why you're here and what your "special sauce" is. And break down your brand once and for all!


Module 2 - Your Business Mindset

In module two, you'll learn the truth about how actors get paid and how long you can expect before you burn those restaurant shoes! You'll ask yourself the big questions about how long you plan to pursue this business and craft a plan solid enough to show to the fam when they just aren't "getting it"!


Module 3 - Building Your Business

You'll define every role you'll play in your business and create a doable strategy to tackle it all. We dive DEEP into what actually makes headshots catch the eye of a casting director, formatting your resume, and creating a demo reel that attracts the perfect roles for you!


Module 4 - Your Grand Opening

Module four is where you'll learn about how to get your product in front of the buyers. You'll go behind the scenes of casting sites to understand just what casting is thinking when they view your submission. You'll also learn what makes agents hungry to sign you, how to get a meeting and what to do when you're there.


Module 5 - Go-To-Market Strategy

Now that all your tools are in place, you'll learn about joining the union and how to know you're ready. You'll discover how to decode casting notices and contracts to make sure you're protecting your career for the long term. If you're thinking of moving to Los Angeles, we'll cover what to expect when you arrive and how to get settled right away so you can start working on your career!


Training Vault - Tutorials

This is where you'll find tons of bonus content to help you save time and money. Examples include: How to make a simple actor website for FREE, how to design your own promotional materials like postcards and flyers, self-tape setup tips, how to add your own credits on IMDB, and tips for editing your demo reel yourself.

PLUS Bonus Lessons Added All The Time...

"I learned more from this course than in 4 years of college!"

ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN is an AWESOME confidence booster and keeps you motivated! But more importantly, jam-packed with valuable information. I paid thousands of dollars for my college training but there was a lot about the business that was missing. It was all covered in this course and left me fulfilled for the first time -- it finally clicked!

I’ll admit I was tempted to skip lessons that felt like things I already knew, and I’m so glad I didn’t! There was way more packed into those lessons that I’d never heard before. This is the guidance I’ve needed from Day 1!

ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN is full of industry tips and tricks you're not going to get from reading a book or watching videos because Tristen has so much insider knowledge and shares it freely. This course is beyond worth it and essential for any actor, no matter their experience level. I would go as far as to call it a NECESSITY.


"This came at the perfect time!"

"Before taking ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN, I was floundering-- not sure how to balance my personal life and job with the business of acting. I had no idea how to juggle the day-to-day stuff you need to do to be a professional actor, so this came at the perfect time! 

It’s more than just an online course. ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN is encouraging and realistic, with practical attainable goals for each lesson. It's a step-by-step breakdown of how to get your career up and running. You need talent sure, but this course helps you break down the admin side of things and run your career like the business it is. If you’re not sure what your next step should be, I’d say you need an ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN."


One-Time Payment of $647

Join ABP During Launch Week & Get A Special Founding Member Discount

($647)  $497

  • Instant Access To All Course Content & Bonus Trainings
  • Instant Access To Our Private Mastermind Group
  • Lifetime Access To All Future Course Updates

Tristen MacDonald

Actress / Screenwriter / Coach

In addition to being the creator & instructor of Actor Business Plan, Tristen MacDonald is a currently working actress & screenwriter in Los Angeles. She's appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NCIS: Los Angeles, Henry Danger, & The Comedy Get Down, to name a few. Tristen has also appeared in over 50 national commercials, including acting as the current spokesperson for Amica Insurance, Gold Bond, & Smileactives.

Not only has Tristen coached actors on their careers for over a decade, she's also a trained life coach. Helping actors grow their careers is a passion she takes very seriously. That includes YOU! 

I’ve taken EVERYTHING I’ve learned in my 16 years in Hollywood, from television guest stars to numerous national commercial campaigns & spokesperson gigs, and put it into this comprehensive, step-by-step program to help you create an action plan to launch your career. 

My Story

I was exactly where you are. I always knew I wanted to be a film/television actress! I read every book I could find on “How to make it in Hollywood” and did everything I could to prepare. I worked for over a year, pulling doubles at Red Robin to save up TEN THOUSAND dollars. A true fortune to me. I packed up my life into two boxes and headed to Los Angeles alone… just me and my pickup truck like a total badass. 

Problem was... No amount of research had prepared me for just how much everything really cost.

  • Apartments were a minimum of $900/month (and this was 16 years ago!)
  • Headshots were $500
  • Classes where $300-500/month.

SPOILER ALERT: I was out of money in four months. And hadn’t done a single thing for my acting career!

Don't let this be your story!

Using my 20/20 hindsight as a guide, you’ll learn how to hit the ground running in Los Angeles and create a career you’ll love, instead of waiting around to be discovered.

End result: a wealth of knowledge & plan of action so you don’t waste a single high-rent day in LA! 

"A total game-changer!"

"I now have resources and the knowledge to position my acting career for an amazing leap. Understanding my type and how others see me has changed the way I approach my auditions. I loved the self-study structure because I could work around my schedule, at my own pace. An added bonus is I can revisit the lessons anytime I need a refresher. For anyone beginning their acting career, Actor Business Plan is the jump-start you need to do it right! Go team!"


"Straight-forward with zero fluff!"

ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN is straightforward with zero fluff. It leaves out the crap and gives only the nuts and bolts you need to build a successful career.


Actor Business Plan Is For You If You...

  • Are a big fish in a small pond and ready to dive into Hollywood. (or any other major film market!)
  • Often find yourself watching TV, Films, & Commercials thinking "Hey! I could do that!"
  • Are ready to launch your career in a major market & don't want to waste time flailing in a strange city.
  • Are not ready to make the move quite yet, but want to know what you can be doing NOW to set yourself up for success.
  • Are already in L.A., feeling stuck and tired of money flying out the door - wondering if it's adding up to anything.
  • Are an artist who can admit to needing a lil' hand-holding with the business stuff.
  • Want to avoid scams and wasted money.
  • Like the cold hard truth, served up with lots of encouragement and a little sass!

Still Got Q's?




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I’m totally equipped for the journey!

I just loved everything about this course. It made me realize things that I wasn't thinking about, like the business mindset, and if this something I really want to pursue. By the end, I felt confident that this is the right path for me and I’m totally equipped for the journey!

Josh Vulcano , Actor

It covers all the bases!

I’m so grateful for Actor Business Plan! Prior to this course, I didn’t know anything about this career or what it was about. Everything it taught me about Hollywood and the business was eye-opening. I not only learned that preparation is key, but exactly how to prepare. It was a wealth of information and, being a hands-on learner, I appreciated the homework, feedback, and additional resources so much. And the content is delivered in such a way that really breaks the big ideas down and drives home the lesson. This course is for anyone ready to make their acting career a reality - it covers all the bases.

Natalie Ivonne , Actress

Definitely a career-saver!

Since taking ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN I have a grasp of my character types and how they can help get and book more auditions. Using the budget worksheet to get clear on my finances helped me understand how to make good investments in my career, instead of wasting money on things that don’t fit my marketing strategy.

If you’re an actor who’s feeling down about the industry, this course is definitely a career saver! It will give you hope and an action plan to make your dreams a reality.

Jonathan Sanchez , Actor

"It truly lit a fire under me!"

I've been taking online and in-person business workshops for actors since 2012 and ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN is the quickest, most comprehensive "one stop shop" I’ve found. If you think you’re currently doing everything you can for your career - this course might pull the rug out from under you, in a good way! It truly lit a fire under me.

Carlos Reyes Hailey , Actor