🎙️The MLB Player Who Bet on Himself | Pod 189
A man who retired from baseball, then broke into NFTs as an artist and created a blue chip collection.
What’s up everybody, it’s LG Doucet here.
If you know anything about anything in NFTs, then you know Micah Johnson.
Former MLB player-turned-famous NFT Artist.
He is best known for his collection Aku Dreams, which has recorded over 14,000 ETH in secondary volume trading thus far.
What I love about Micah’s story is that it’s not just an epic career pivot. Its actually a happy accident, followed by an extreme (maybe delusional?) conviction on his newfound skills.
Midway through his playing career, Micah joined a new team (the Dodgers), and was asked by manager Dave Roberts to try a new skill in front of the team.
Micah chose to paint - something he had never done before! (??)
And upon completion of his first piece, something clicked for the young pro. His teammates loved his painting, and encouraged him to take the next step.
And upon hanging up his cleats in 2018, he decided it was painting or bust, and spent the next two years in his garage, painting every single day…
🚀 Today’s Pod: The MLB Player Who Bet on Himself | Micah Johnson
On today’s show, Micah tells me about how he knew he could make it as an artist, despite having little experience.
He explains that it took him 21 years to become a pro at baseball, and that it taught him the value of consistency and just showing up.
We had fantastic conversation honestly, where we touched on:
How he scaled as an artist
What he does every single day
How often he actually paints
His thoughts on the FTX scandal
His encouragement to me to become an olympian (?)
And how NFTs might integrate on the field.
Have a listen.
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This past week, we actually did TWO shows together!
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