Interview with Motor (@motorcitywax)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I was a designer for some of the best startups globally, including Facebook, Instagram, Asana, Coursera, and StockX. While at StockX, I began collecting soccer cards. I have created a relatively large community of soccer fans to create content around the soccer card hobby.
Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
I quit my job as a successful designer and entrepreneur to follow my passion for soccer and the soccer card hobby. I have launched several websites been featured on podcasts and YouTube videos discussing the soccer card hobby. I recently started a weekly video Livestream with the most prominent collectors in the space.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
It can be hard when you turn your passionate hobby into a job. Sometimes doing so puts pressure on the thing you did to escape. I try to remember not to take everything so seriously and give it a shot.
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
When I worked at StockX, many of us started getting back into the card hobby we enjoyed as kids. StockX CEO, Josh Luber, who is now leading the card division at Fanatics, built a platform at StockX to buy and sell trading cards that are still going strong today.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I collect cards from people that may not be the biggest hits and donate these cards to local children’s hospitals. I then stepped it up this Christmas and asked the most significant sports card breakers to donate new boxes to local charities in Detroit. In March, there is a large sports card convention in Las Vegas, and I am helping plan a golf outing where we donate thousands of dollars to a few charities.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Sometimes people can take sports cards too seriously because often they are worth thousands, often millions. Still, I always like to remind myself and others that we are “collecting cardboard photos of people for a living.” That puts a perspective that we shouldn’t take everything so seriously.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
I am most active on Instagram @motorcitywax. I have an online store and Livestream on the app Whatnot @motor.
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Just that I have turned my passion into a career buying, selling, and trading sports cards and specializing in soccer, I create engaging content around soccer events, give honest reviews of new soccer products, offer advice on which players and cards to collect, and like giving back to the community.