Tristan's journey through the entertainment industry began in the 1960s in his native Australia. Australian TV was in its infancy when Tristan came onto the scene, working as a walk-on stuntman and doubling as a boom carrier. Ambitious, and eager to learn, Tristan also did sound effects in the parking lot at night and volunteered for any other work which would keep him on the lot and in peoples eyesight. It wasn't long before he landed a series regular role in The Link Men. In December of 1980, Tristan landed a job in a show called General Hospital. Initially slated as a three-week gig, it eventually turned into a three-year contract role. In 1992, Tristan made the momentous decision to leave General Hospital and seek other challenges. He had always felt that it is after all show business and that he had only participated in one portion of it. Tristan has also been a key figure in the development of internet-based soaps.