Oni Hartstein’s message is, “It doesn’t matter what happened to you, it matters how far you’ve come.” She was born legally blind and abandoned by her birth parents when she was just days old. She grew up facing extreme poverty and trauma. In her early years she worked at both the library and as a professional MMA fighter and instructor where she founded the first self-defense program for women at that school and the first self-defense class for exotic dancers.
She went on to pay her own way through college and then work her way up the corporate ladder while working as a professional freelance artist and guest speaker at many events in the northeast of America.
Today she is an elite marketing professional and entrepreneur based in central New Jersey and thanks to surgeries in early 2016, has been given 20/25 vision for the first time. She is the founder of Onezumi Events, which was crowdfunded from Oni Hartstein’s OnezumiVerse.com blog. They are best known for producing the following major events in Maryland, USA:
All of Oni’s events are rooted in inclusiveness of all genders and cultures as well as empowering artists and musicians. Oni is an expert and leader when it comes to building and marketing emotionally-resonant creative communities and businesses from the ground up with minimal or no resources.
She is a sought-after freelance marketing professional and speaker on the topics of Marketing, Tech, Crowdfunding, Event Production, and Indie Art. She excels at teaching and inspiring people from many different backgrounds and experiences, including those who may have experienced hardship in their lives. Her popular OnezumiVerse.com / Daily Real Talk blog is focused on Demystifying Marketing, Branding, & Life as well as a backstage window into her world.
Oni has been frequently featured in many places such as CNN, Wired, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and a ton of print, radio, and TV media. She loves coffee, prog rock/metal, and playing her guitar. She believes that either “Escape from New York” or “Big Trouble in Little China” is the best Chick Flick ever.
You can hire her to consult on your project or speak at your event. Contact her to discuss the specifics.
- Lives in Central New Jersey; grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Was legally blind from birth; still began her career as a professional artist and illustrator; worked for The Disney Channel and more.
- Eye surgeries in early 2016 gave Oni sight for the first time.
- Founded and marketed Onezumi Events, (Re)Generation Who: The Doctor Who Convention for Every Generation, PotterVerse: Baltimore’s Harry Potter Fan Convention, and Intervention: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Future Media.
- Her events are rooted in inclusiveness of all genders and cultures; empowering indie artists and musicians.
- A highly-acclaimed expert at building and marketing emotionally-resonant creative communities and businesses from the ground up with minimal resources.
- Has spoken at hundreds of events about Marketing, Tech, Crowdfunding, Event Production, and Indie Art.
- Is known as “the woman who makes impossible things happen” because she frequently does.
Harknell is the quieter half of the Onezumi Studios team. He is best known for his production work and writing on all Onezumi Studios properties and websites. He supports the creative community through his WordPress Plugin development and workshops. Harknell is co-founder of Intervention: The Premier Showcase of Online Creativity and (Re)Generation Who: The Doctor Who Convention for Every Generation, and PotterVerse: Baltimore’s Harry Potter Fan Convention. He has been able to inspire countless people to take charge of their future through technology.
Harknell’s clients include universities, individuals, and places like Erfworld.com. He lives in New Jersey with Oni and way too many computers. He also goes to a lot of (but not enough) haunted houses.