Without wasting a single day's rent in LA!


You can't afford to waste a single day!

You’ve done all the research, read all the “How to Be A Working Actor” books you could get your hands on, and trained your booty off in your local area. You’re itching to make the leap from your “small pond” to the open waters of Los Angeles.


But how do you know if you’re ready? 

What will you do when you get here?


That’s where Actor Business Plan comes in!

The first comprehensive online course about launching your acting career in Los Angeles or any major market. Taught by a current working professional actor with up-to-date insight to the entertainment industry. Actor Business Plan will save you time, money and years of frustration so you can get back to the good stuff: acting.


"I booked five roles 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%"

Dana Yangello

Meet Your Instructor

Tristen MacDonald

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. 

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! 

I was exactly where you are. I always knew I wanted to be a film/television actress!

Could I do it? 

Was I good enough?

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!

Back then, I would’ve given anything for a course like Actor Business Plan! Seriously, this woulda been on my Christmas list for Santa!


"I wish I would have had this 10 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

You can't afford to move to Los Angeles without prep!

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...

  • A step-by-step guide with all the tools you'll need to kick off a successful career, taught by a current working professional.

  • A clear grasp of your "brand" & where you fit into the current market.

  • 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 create your own work - even if you've never done it before! Don't be scared, we'll walk you through it.
  • How to read contracts & sniff out a scam.
  • Updated info about current industry trends.
  • Tips on how to "Network" without feeling awkward & needy.
  • Unlimited ongoing access to course materials and all future updates. 

And too much more to list!



Students love Actor Business Plan!

Here's why...

"Before taking ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN I had no idea how to juggle the day-to-day stuff to be a professional actor. 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. If you’re not sure what your next step should be, I’d say you need an ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN."

Jeanette Cerami

"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!"

Gabe Mesriah

"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

"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."

Elizabeth Kuyper

Ready to launch your acting career?

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 monthly Q & A's with Tristen.



Available Wherever You Want

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

Work at your own pace!

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

The best part? 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 Community With Monthly Q & A's

Get feedback from Tristen and other students.

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. 

​At least once per month, Tristen will be in the group answering your questions live.

A Tsunami Of Downloadable Worksheets

Cheat Sheets, Templates, & 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


“I learned more from this course than in my 4 years of college.”

ACTOR BUSINESS PLAN is an AWESOME confidence booster, keeps you motivated, and is 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. I’ll admit I was tempted to skip lessons that felt like things I already knew, and I’m so glad I didn’t! 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.

Vanessa Shevat

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes and no.

There is NOBODY out there who can guarantee your success as an actor in Hollywood. However, by the end of this course, you will have...

  • A CRYSTAL CLEAR vision of your branding & how you fit into the TV/Film market.
  • A working knowledge of the industry and how to navigate it once you’re here.
  • Locked-and-loaded answers for the haters who doubt why you’re getting into this whole “acting thing.”
  • And a MASTER PLAN of action about where to spend your time, money, and resources once you’re here so you stay on track and make to most out of this adventure.

You will finish this course with an actual BUSINESS PLAN to guide your first years in LA.

Years of waiting around, wondering if you’re doing the right thing?

You just got those back! Future you will be so grateful!

The yes comes in when an actor is so clear on where they fit in and have marketing materials to support that message.

Baby, that’s like a sweet, sweet siren song to your dream agent. Most actors who’ve been in LA for years don’t have that, but if you follow the lessons and do the work, you will!

All materials are available to you right away and we can’t wait to share. We don’t have a payment plan at this time and look forward to seeing you on this inside when you’re ready!

I’m Tristen, a working actress in Los Angeles for the last decade. I’ve appeared on major network shows like NCIS: LA, Grey’s Anatomy, Henry Danger, & Jimmy Kimmel Live. I’m currently also the national spokesperson for three major brands.

I started out just like you, with a lot of talent and even more gumption. I moved to Hollywood 16 years ago and went from THOUSANDS of dollars of debt and major depression to six straight years of six-figure income. Now that I can breathe, it’s my passion to help others who are in the same position get where they want to go.

I provide career and audition coaching to actors at all levels and have used their stories to influence the content of this course. I’m proud to say that in the last year, every single private client has signed with new agents & managers. (dusts shoulder off) I credit that to getting them extremely clear on what elements of their business need attention and creating a strategy around their needs. I’ve replicated that inside this course.

I’ve left nothing out. It’s all here inside the course. All the juicy nuggets and aha moments.

You’re welcome to schedule private coaching sessions. However, everything I’m gonna tell you is right here, inside this course. For you to review any time day and night.

You’ll also have me and my buds helping inside the Facebook group. So, in the interest of using your resources wisely (which is what I’m all about, baby) this course is the way to go!

The cost of this jam-packed, treasure trove of info is a one-time payment of $647. That includes immediate access to all the lessons to jumpstart your career from your current location, access to our community Facebook group and Q&A’s, and all future additions and updates of the course.

That’s cheaper than pretty much any headshot session or class in Los Angeles! So you’re already saving cash!

I can’t wait to help you jump the line in LA, grab your spot in class now!

Because all course content is instantly available and downloadable upon enrollment, all sales are final. We're looking for committed goal-crushers ready to invest in their profession. 

Check out our testimonials for feedback from current students!

No sweat! Give shoot us an email at and we'd be happy to answer them for you!

Actor Business Plan is for you if...

  •  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!
  •  Need to show your parents & friends you've thought this "acting thing" through.


Let's Do It!


More Love For ABP!

"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. This course is for anyone thinking about taking their acting career seriously and those who don't know exactly what that means yet."

Elizabeth Foil

"“ABP 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."

Kristie Schuh

"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

"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

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Actor Business Plan opens for enrollment in February 2019. 

Hop on our waitlist and we'll let you know as soon as the doors open!