I’m Rolando Gómez

Writer, Producer, Photographer

A Visual Scribe

Writer

2 TV Pilots & 2 Feature Screenplays
Quora Top Writer 2016 – 2018
Favorable Kirkus Review
Author 5 Photography Books
Author 1 Self-Help Book
English & Spanish

Photography

Dept. of Defense “Top 5” Military Combat Photographer
Cover Story, Parade, 32M Printed
Worked in 45 Countries

Degreed Professional with Life Experience

Not Afraid of Research

While I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, summa cum laude, from the University of Texas, San Antonio, I also bring life experience along with bilingual skills and non-commissioned officer military leadership.

Speaks Spanish, English, and Some German

Decorated Military Veteran

Trained Mediator in Conflict Resolution

Industry Contacts

AP Stylebook Trained

Goal Setter

I give you my best to achieve all goals.

Team Player

It takes more than one to tell a story effectively.

Committed

I value commitment with integrity.

Selfless Service

While awards are nice, telling the story matters most.

Advice to Writers

Every writer starts with a notepad, but must hone their craft, write from experience, and chase rejection for inspiration.

Hone Your Craft

The first piece of advice is to hone your craft, which comes when you read what great writers have written. Learn to properly edit with  proofreader’s marks and a red pen, and write every day, anything that comes to your mind. Just write, edit, then input your corrections, then edit again, and continue to repeat that cycle at least three to 10 times per written piece until you get it right.

Experience Life

The second piece of advice, experience life, as you can’t write about life unless you experience it first. It doesn’t matter if you’re writing science-fiction or a historical romance, you can’t describe life in prose and dialogue unless you’ve lived and witnessed it yourself. You are who you are because of life, and a creative creates based on their life’s experiences.

Need to write how to dance in the rain, go dance in the rain, though make sure there’s no lighting first, then write about how it felt when the cool raindrops on a warm summer day bounced off your nose. You can’t write with authority and authenticity about the briny taste of sea water if you’ve never swam in the vastness of the ocean anymore than the cool wind and how it blows through your hair if you’ve never put your face into a breeze.

Accept Rejection

Finally, learn to accept rejection and use rejection to push yourself forward to improve your writing skills, to inspire you. This rejection applies to all scribes, whether you write songs, screenplays, articles for periodicals, literature, sermons, or even technical writing, you will be rejected more than you’ll be accepted — just keep writing and it will keep you going plus improve your writing craft.

About Rolando

Desert Storm army veteran, Rolando Gómez, served almost nine years as a soldier including 26-months in the Latin American drug war during the Pablo Escobar era and the height of the Shining Path guerrillas. Gómez was personally thanked by President George H.W. Bush and awarded a Dept. of Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his actions. Gómez also served in the Rwanda Refugee Crisis and other deployments. He’s authored six books and as a photojournalist, he’s been on assignments in 45 countries plus he’s a 2016, 2017, and 2018 Quora Top Writer. He continues to work on several TV pilot and feature screenplays to include LENS DIARIES, inspired by his book of memoirs.

Testimonials

“There is no stone unturned and is a worthwhile read for both men and women.” — Marsha Collier, author, radio personality and educator, over a million books in print

Self-Help Book

“This informative guidebook’s wealth of information belies its farcical title and entertainingly demonstrates that ‘there is much more than snake skills to being a real man and a gentleman. Practical, perennial direction for the modern man.” — Kirkus Reviews 

Self-Help Book

“Address[es] many of the issues presented to the glamour photographer, from basic composition to posing and lighting techniques.”  —Amateur Photographer Magazine

Photography How-to Book

Find My Writing Here

Top Writer

Over 4 Million Reads on Quora
Top Writer 2016-2018

Webmaster & Blogger

Over 100 Photography Tips, Plus Designed Website

Master of Arts

Over 100 Photos, Audio and Video Casts!

Experience. Veteran. Team Player. Published. Credentialed.

Available as a screenwriter for television and features that brings life experiences to the table along with quality research as needed to tell the stories visually.