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Murphy’s Law asserts if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong. Well, that definitely applies to virtual auditions.

A viral video is making the rounds of an anonymous director mocking Lukas Gage’s apartment during a Zoom audition. Gage, who is known for playing Tyler on the HBO show Euphoria, posted the awkward dis to Twitter and Instagram with the message: “PSA: If you’re a s***-talking director, make sure to mute your s*** on Zoom meetings.”

Before the audition starts, a British man’s voice can be heard off screen saying to another unseen individual, “These poor people live in these tiny apartments. Like I’m looking at his background, and he’s got his TV and—”

All the while, the video displays Lukas’ face as he reacts to the out-of-touch comment that was not intended for his ears to hear. “Oh … yeah, mute it,” Gage says, interrupting the director. “I know it’s a s***** apartment. That’s why, give me this job so I can get a better one. Alright, um, ready?”

Realizing Gage has heard his remarks, the director exclaims, “Oh my god, I am so, so sorry, Lukas. I’m so sorry.”

“No, it’s totally … Listen, I’m living in a four-by-four box. It’s fine. Just give me the job and we’ll be fine,” Gage replies with humor.

Before the video cuts off, the director can be heard admitting, “I’m mortified.”

However, the director is likely beyond mortified by now because presently the clip has been viewed on Gage’s Twitter page over 7.5 million times. There’s no mention of which job Lukas was auditioning for or if he got the part. But it’s hard to imagine the San Diego native did land the role, knowing he posted an embarrassing video of the director for all the world to see. 

In response to the clip, Lukas has received an outpouring of support from both friends and colleagues who insist he handled himself with grace. In addition to Euphoria, the 25-year-old actor has been featured in the Netflix mockumentary American Vandal, the black comedy horror thriller film Assassination Nation, and the Hulu teen drama Love, Victor.

Since the pandemic, millions of people are working from home and, thus, they’re learning to use new technologies to conduct online meetings—as well as remote auditions. And in the process, everyone is seeing all the things that can go wrong while working virtually.

Something as simple as turning on and off the mic can become quite a big deal. Remembering to shut off the camera once the meeting is finished is another super important skill—just ask those who’ve stood up to reveal they’re wearing just underwear on their bottom half after they wrongly believe they’re no longer visible on screen. 

Better to anticipate all the things that could go wrong and try to minimize any mishaps than to assume everything will go smoothly.

By the way, have you checked out the countless Zoom video bloopers on YouTube? Some are hilarious, others are shocking. There are the common clips of pets entering the shot, curious home-schooled children photobombing their working parents, family members walking in the background wearing their skivvies, classmates sitting down on the toilet, even birds flying into the house. So, when preparing for your virtual auditions and meetings, always remember … Murphy’s Law!

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