#22 Ricky O’Donnell- Animation, Media company, Lioncubs at Rocklaz Radio with Tanmay Shah

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Ricky O’Donnell, CEO and founder of RJDM Studio, shares his journey from a 10-year-old animation enthusiast to a successful entrepreneur and NFT OG. He discusses the evolution of his studio, the power of NFTs, and the future of the metaverse. He emphasizes the importance of dreaming big, taking action, and finding fun in what you do. The conversation covers a wide range of topics, including leadership, company culture, media industry challenges, NFT space, animation industry, and personal inspirations. It delves into the experiences of running a media company, the impact of sales, and the challenges of hiring and finding the right people. The conversation also explores the influence of Walt Disney, the role of family, and the experience of being a firefighter. The speaker shares personal stories and insights, providing a rich and diverse perspective on various subjects. The conversation covers a wide range of topics, including the Metaverse, Crypto Voxels, NFTs, and the creation of the lion cubs and lions. It also delves into the potential tie-ups with different metaverses, the process of generating and minting lion cubs, and the significance of the NFT jungle. The discussion also touches on the studio’s animation projects, the PFP design, and the recruitment process for the team. The conversation provides a comprehensive overview of the speaker’s journey and the various projects and initiatives undertaken.In this episode of Rocklaz Radio, Tanmay Shah and Laura Grinbarga discuss books and podcasts they have read and listened to. They share their favorite podcasts, such as Akimbo and Freakonomics, and talk about the benefits of reading digitally and listening to audiobooks. They recommend books like The Artist’s Way, Big Magic, and The War of Art for creative inspiration. They also discuss the importance of finding the right time to read and making notes while reading. The conversation touches on spirituality in art and the impact of books like The Alchemist and Siddhartha. They also mention books on negotiation and personal development, such as Think and Grow Rich and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The conversation covered a wide range of topics, including book recommendations, favorite genres, and spiritual and philosophical discussions. Some of the recommended books include ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear, ‘The Warrior’s Apprentice’ by Lois McMaster Bujold, ‘The Silver Metal Lover’ by Tanith Lee, ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Bhagavad Gita’ by Shri Shri Ravishankar, and ‘Business Sutras’ by Devdutt Patnayak. The conversation also touched on the importance of finding balance and substance in the content we consume.


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00:00 The Journey of Ricky O’Donnell: From Animation Enthusiast to NFT Entrepreneur
03:13 The Power of NFTs and the Future of Creativity
06:06 Dream Big, Take Action: Success Leaves Clues
01:25:57 Exploring the Metaverse and NFT Jungle
01:31:31 Innovative NFT Creation and Engagement
01:56:32 Diverse Range of Creative Initiatives
02:05:21 Journey of Innovation and Community Engagement



• Dream big and take action to realize your dreams.
• The power of NFTs and the metaverse is shaping the future of creativity and storytelling.
• Success leaves clues – action, fail, take note, evolve, and re-enter.
• Finding fun in what you do is essential for prolific success.
• The future is forever evolving, and the ability to dream bigger and connect with those who are dreaming even bigger is phenomenal. Leadership and company culture play a significant role in the success of a business, and leaders should be willing to lead by example and make sacrifices for the team.
• The NFT space and animation industry offer new opportunities for creativity and innovation, but finding the right people and maintaining a balanced approach is crucial for success.
• Personal inspirations, family, and life experiences shape an individual’s perspective and approach to business and creativity, highlighting the importance of a well-rounded and empathetic leadership style. The potential tie-ups with different metaverses and the process of generating and minting lion cubs provide insight into the evolving NFT space.
• The NFT jungle and its significance in the speaker’s journey highlight the innovative approach to NFT creation and engagement with the community.
• The studio’s animation projects and the recruitment process for the team showcase the diverse range of initiatives and opportunities within the creative space.
• The speaker’s journey and the various projects and initiatives undertaken reflect a deep commitment to innovation and community engagement in the NFT and Metaverse space.


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