Omanah Bultman aspires to be the next Walt Disney. Photo courtesty of Omanah Bultman.
Many seventh graders are consumed with adjusting to middle school, have their head in a book, are trying to make the JV sports team, or maybe simply just focused on growing taller. However, for Omanah Bultman, she was digging deeper to find what she wanted to do in her future. In the seventh grade, Bultman told her father that she wanted to be “the next Walt Disney” after he told her to dig deeper than her previous dream of being a storyteller.
Bultman had wanted to be a storyteller early into her formal education. She distinctly remembers having story time at the local library and listening to the woman in charge of story time tell her traditional African-style stories such as “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears” and “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters“.
Bultman’s father told her that a storyteller wasn’t a high enough goal, so Bultman decided she was going to be a children’s author. But, that still wasn’t a high enough goal. Being the next Walt Disney hit the mark, and Bultman is determined to do just that.
Her goal is to have the whole nine yards: to have her work computer animated, write many stories, share those stories with the world, and have a theme park and resort where fans can interact with the content.
Bultman started her secondary education at a two year institution, got her associate’s degree, and then transferred to St. Cloud State University. She is currently working towards a degree in creative writing, but has taken classes in operations management, business, communications, and social work to give her a variety of knowledge and experience that will help her with her aspirations.
Many resources and SCSU personnel have helped Bultman reach this point. She is very thankful for the Bridge to Community Resources and the CARES grant that have assisted through the financial challenges that pursuing a degree brings.
Bultman commented that one positive has come out of the pandemic, saying online classes are a blessing because the lack of commute has saved her time and money.
Like many other talented students, professors and instructors have taken notice of Bultman’s exemplary work.
“I notice some of my professors paying attention to me,” shared Bultman. “They see my work, my writing, and they acknowledge my hard work.”
Being very humble throughout the interview, Bultman commented that she puts a lot of time into her course work and it feels good for it to be acknowledged.
As a future content creator, Bultman wants to focus on the ideas, and have others help her bring those ideas to life. Keeping with that philosophy, she posts on her blog, in her Facebook group, and on YouTube to teach others how to create content.
“I want to create the ideas and then pass it on,” explained Bultman. “I can do better by creating opportunities for other people.”
Bultman also published a character development journal through Amazon to help writers like herself develop and keep track of their characters.
In addition to her social media pages, she posts her web comic on Tapas. Currently only the cover photo is available because she is in the process of re-writing for the next draft and hopes to have it back up soon.
She also posts her current work on her Instagram, under her pen name of Sakoiyah Asakura.
Bultman writes 10,000 words a week and takes strides towards her dream of being the next Walt Disney. St. Cloud State is a stop in her journey to many great places.
Anna is a junior at St. Cloud State University and is double majoring in Math Education and Spanish Education, with a minor in Special Education. She is the Managing Editor for the University Chronicle this year. When she is not at campus attending class, working as a learning assistant or math tutor, or writing for the University Chronicle, she enjoys volunteering, reading, being overly competitive at board games, and telling horribly funny puns.