The last five to seven years have introduced Hollywood to a host of immensely talented new Black faces who have held a consistent presence on several critically-acclaimed, award-winning and always-trending television shows centering complex Black characters.

Photo by Phylicia J. Munn

The 2022 ESSENCE Hollywood House kicked off with an enlightening conversation between four of these dynamic entertainers who joined us to talk a little about their experiences and offer advice to those looking to make similar moves in the film and television industries. Helmed by actor and photographer Brooks Darnell, the discussion first heard Snowfall star Gail Bean, All-American: Homecoming star Geffri Maya and All-American star Michael Evans Behling, along with Brooks, take us back to the audition that landed them their first major roles.

Scroll below to read a few key takeaways on the audition process from their panel, and then check out the video above to hear their inspiring stories in full.

For more of everything you missed at the third ESSENCE Hollywood House, watch the full show HERE.