BESLA (BLACK ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS LAWYER ASSOCIATION provides access to key industry influencers and innovators through premiere programming and opportunities. The BESLA Chicago actor's workshop is designed to give emerging talents the opportunity to perfect their craft of acting from top industry leaders.

8-10 actors will be selected to take part in our acting workshop on Tuesday July 25th from 9-6pm. Classes will be taught by celebrity/on set acting coach, CIFF award winning actor & director (and former original Fly Girl) Jossie Harris. On Wednesday July 26th(time TBD) the actors will perform in front of key industry judges and receive feedback. One actor will be selected as top performer and announced during the BESLA regional event on Thursday night July 27th AND receive 1-3 months of free acting classes with Jossie Harris.

The top actor will be announced during the 2023 Besla Chicago regional conference.

1. Applicants will have from Saturday June 24th 2023 until Sunday July 16th 2023 to submit a self taped monologue up to 3 min.

Submission process Instructions. Please follow carefully:

a. Create and record a up to a 3 min monologue with clear audio and a plain background that doesn’t distract from the recording. Lighting and video quality must be bright, clear, and sharp.

2. Create a Project on FilmFreeway. Log in to your FilmFreeway account and click 'My Projects', then 'Add New Project'. Thoroughly complete the details on this page. Make sure you have selected 'Film/Video' as 'Project Type' in Section 1. After you have created and saved a Project, you can revisit this page by going to 'My Projects', then clicking 'Edit'.

4. Actors upload your Monologue, Go to 'My Projects', then 'Project File' to upload.

5. Attach your résumé and headshot. Go to My Projects, click 'View', then click 'Add a File' in the 'Files and Attachments' section to upload your résumé and headshot.

6. Click 'Submit Now'

1. Are there any costs to the applicants?
No, it is free of charge.

2. Can an candidate apply if they are represented by an agent or manager?
Yes, you are eligible to apply.

3. Will waivers be offered and accepted?
No late submissions will be accepted. No waivers will be offered.

4. Who is eligible to apply?
Any actor 18 or over
If you are over 18 by the time the fellowship starts on July 25th feel free to apply.

5. Must I be a U.S. citizen in order to apply?

Overall Rating
  • Shayla Day

    Absolutely phenomenal!! I am so glad to have had the chance to be a part of this. Jossie and Dan were amazing and I learned so much from this workshop! Thank you Jossie, Dan, and BESLA for this opportunity!!!

    July 2023
  • Cortez Mack


    It was such a GREAT HONOR and BLESSING to attend the 2022 BESLA (Black Entertainment Sports & Lawyers Association) on last night (Thursday, July 28th, 2022) . . . To be in the presence of GREAT INDUSTRY FILMMAKERS, ACTORS, DIRECTORS and, just SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE was just AMAZING!!!

    Again, being accepted in the Inaugural BESLA 2022 Actors & Writers Fellowship Master Class, taught by Jossie Harris Thacker - Just Jossie was very IMPACTFUL, and, I gained a LOT OF FILM KNOWLEDGE, in addition to, networking and connecting with such film/tv professionals: Filmmaker Christopher Nolen II, Talent Agent Michelle Hayes, Playwright/Author Tina Fakhrid-Deen, Filmmaker Dan Adams, Emmy Award Winner/Writer Sylvia J. Jones, TV/Film Actor Kris Lofton and Writer/Producer/Director, Dwayne Johnson-Cochran . . . 🎥🎥🎥

    Plus, MAD SHOUT to the selected Actors & Writers Selectees:
    - ACTORS: Arieh Alexander, Asya Meadows, Caira Coleman, Charm Tims, JohnTavia Anderson, Lacey Turner and Roosevelt Booker (ACTORS FELLOWSHIP WINNER)

    - WRITERS: Lucky Ray (WRITERS FELLOWSHIP WINNER), Trinette Clark, and, Cortez Mack

    And, SPECIAL LOVE and THANKS to my beautiful, supportive wife Jeri S. Mack, who attended this with me, . . . LOVE YOU FOR LIFE!!! ❣️❣️❣️😍😍😍

    July 2022
  • It was such a privilege to meet so many actors, writers, playwriters, coaches, and more! This was a great experience and I will continue to write more novels, plays, and poetry. The sky is the limit! To The Top!
    Trinette Clark, Writer

    July 2022