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I Drink Deadlines for Breakfast

Screenwriter

noun | screen·​writ·​er | \\ ˈskrēn-ˌrī-tər
A person who writes series or feature screenplays.
See also: Visual Scribe, Cave Dweller, Storyteller

Helocast Army Rangers

Worked in 45 Countries

Decorated Military Veteran

Dept. of Defense Top Combat Photographer

Operation Desert Storm

Documented Drug War in Escobar Era

Documented Rwanda Genocide

Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti

NBA Credentialed Photographer

Trained Mediator in Conflict Resolution

Bachelor's in Communication, UTSA

Depth and Breadth

2021 National Hispanic Media Coalition Series Screenwriter 
Alumnus

2021 Writers Guild Foundation Veterans Project Cohort

Producer, Screenwriter, DIT, Still Photography, and Grip Credits

Screenwriter Facts

The Grind

A screenwriter breakthrough takes an average of 10 years, a journey known as “the grind” with no pay.

Survival

And for those that survive the grind, it’s estimated only 0.5% breakthrough.

Perseverance

And those that breakthrough, it’s because they have the “gannas,” Spanish for desire.

Hello!

I’m Rolando

A screenwriter with a photojournalism background—hence why I drink deadlines for breakfast. I’ve produced and directed too, but it’s all about story.

Stories that have taken me to 45 countries on assignment that allows me to write about what most people have never touched, seen, heard, smelled, or tasted. I write from what I’ve known, not just what I know….

What’s my story?

Operation Desert Storm

Saddam Hussein called it “The mother of all wars” and Israel called it, “The First Gulf War” and we called it “Operation Desert Storm.” But the one thing we all agreed on, there was a lot of sand.

Operation Support Justice

I spent 26-months in Latin America where my unit tracked Pablo Escobar, narcos, and the Shining Path guerrillas. I was awarded a “peacetime Bronze Star,” a DMSM, because “we were never at war.”

Operation Support Hope

I saw and smelled more death in the 1994 Rwanda genocide in Africa than a convention of undertakers will in their lifetimes. It’s true, you never forget the smell of death and most of us veterans never left Rwanda.

Operation Uphold Democracy

Yep, I deployed to the Haiti invasion and after a recon mission with rangers from the 75th Ranger Regiment, I got bit by a tarantula. I’m still waiting on my Spiderman superpowers to kick in.

Abuse is Real

I grew up in a family with an alcoholic Father who abused and battered my Mother, and I’m a victim of parental alienation as a parent.

Racism

My first marriage ended because of racism, so we remarried in secrecy, then when it was discovered, we were forced to divorce again.

Berlin Wall

I’ll never forget the joy I saw in people along with their tears as the Berlin Wall fell, and I still cherish a piece of that wall I brought home.

Operation Full Accounting

On this mission, I stared at ten U.S. flag-draped caskets on a U.S. Air Force C-141 Starlifter aircraft as we headed back to the U.S. in total silence.

“Faith sees best in the dark.” — Søren Kierkegaard

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When you fail to do your research, you flunk your success.

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“Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to make speeches. Just believing is usually enough”

Stephen King, from his book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.

”The only value we have as human beings are the risks we’re willing to take.”

Ernest Hemingway

"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad."

Brian O’Driscoll

*Ganas Beats the Grind

*The Spanish word “ganas” means desire in English.