A few years ago, I did an acting course where I performed a scene in front of an audience at the Citizen’s theatre in Glasgow.
The scene was a conversation between a serial killer and the landlady of a bed and breakfast. I was the serial killer. The acting tutor said I was perfect for the part. I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing!
The other actor was an older woman. The first thing she asked me at rehearsal was: “What accent are you going to use?”
“My own,” I replied, “but louder so the people at the back can hear me.”
On the night of the show it seemed to go well. I was myself but louder and she performed the scene with a perfect Yorkshire accent
Afterwards, the tutor said to her: “You were amazing! You transformed yourself and inhibited that character. You could easily work in theatre.”
He then turned to me.
“As long as you enjoyed yourself.”
I did enjoy myself. I was a terrible actor but I’d set myself the challenge of acting in front of an audience and I’d achieved it.
So, recently, when asked by a fellow triathlete what my best time for a race was, I replied: “I don’t know my best time but I can tell you the race I enjoyed the most”
Because enjoyment should always come before performance.