When life gives you lemons, make lemonade–and that’s what 15-year-old Mya Parker did after sustaining an ACL tear in September. Being an avid athlete, the healing period for the ACL left Parker having to find other activities to replace sports. 

The Zachary High freshman turned to her love of art and investments and creating non-fungible tokens (NFTs). By combining her interests and selling her drawings on marketplaces, she’s profited well over $10,000. 

“I would never had the time to do all this before I got hurt,” said Mya, sitting back in her mother’s real estate office. “It’s allowed me to create a living. Well, not quite a living.”

NFTs are digital objects, such as artwork or video clips, with digital certificates of authenticity attached to them. Because the ownership is attached to the NFT and stored on computers worldwide, it is impossible to lose or destroy the purchase. 

Parkers drawings are listed as high as $140,000 on the NFT marketplace OpenSea. Outside of sports, Parker’s interest in the arts stems back to third grade, where she was a part of the talented art program in the Zachary school district.