As Bruce Lee said: “I do not fear the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks one time. I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
This is the essence of expertise. Of mastery. Of rehearsal. Of effective replication of performance.
There may not be a lot of difference between your 1000th kick and your 1001st kick, but there will be a world of difference between your 1001st kick and your 7854th kick.
At the same time, the only arbiter of “real artist”, or “good artist”, is YOU. But note this: being a good artist does not instantly mean all of your art is effective. Recognizing repetition as the pathway to expertise keeps you humble, keeps you working, keeps you focused outwardly, because note how in the attached jpg the essence of our art is in the emotional response of the audience. Do not seek their praise. Seek their catharsis. Their praise is fleeting. Their catharsis fundamentally alters how they interact with the world.
Get back to kickin’.
Theatre pro, amateur yogi, and competent home cook.