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EXPERIENCE

When you are a teenager, love creative writing, and decide that it's time to hang your hat up at the fast-food fryer and write your resume for that dream job, it's a big moment. But, of course, we must all be proud of our work and achievements, so do you promote yourself as having experience making fries, or do you explain that you have experience as a "hot oil emersion technician?" For me, it was a long time ago, but that's just what I did because of my love for writing and humor alike. 

 

A person can never have too much experience in life, and I am proud of my accomplishments. Of course, not everything went as planned at times, but that happens to anyone. I am lucky for all the highs and the lows. 

 

I grew up with a strong work ethic inspired by my parents. When I was 14, I got a job as a busboy at a banquet center, but when I found out how much the DJ was making, I got business cards the next day and called my business "McDisc, Inc." After that, I DJ'd for weddings and parties for many years. In between that, I cleaned air filters for heavy equipment, bucked rivets on Citation X jets, and was even an "underwater tour guide" at an abandoned lead mine. 

 

That rivet job was a skill I never expected to learn. I was supposed to do electrical work. Before time in my life, I became unemployed, lost my girlfriend and even my apartment. Thankful to have a new job, I packed up and moved to Witchita. I had a month before my new career started, and I didn't have a pot to peel a potato in. I'll never forget that time in my life because I brought only the bare essentials to Table Rock Lake in Southwest Missouri. There, I camped and fished for my food while I waited for my start date in Witchita, which was about a month away. My car had steel coming through the back tire, so I bought a used one for five dollars, and off I went to my new job. 

 

I was disappointed to learn that the new position I accepted was far from what I expected. It was not the job for me, and I sensed it right away. It got straightened out, but I came home after four months. I was at the lowest point of my life, but it didn't take long to realize that all this was a blessing.  It's incredible how things work out that way sometimes. 

 

The entire experience opened up doors for me that I didn't know existed. Of course, this does not imply that I did not work my butt off for them, but I would not have it any other way. This experience led me to great opportunities. Over my career, I have worked at some of the world's largest companies, where I helped design information security solutions to keep their data safe and the companies out of the news. 

 

I am also a certified Microsoft Systems Engineer, certified mobile device forensics expert, and a heck of a nice guy. So how does this all tie into film and screenwriting? It boils down to a passion that I have always had for storytelling, screenwriting, and filming. I obtained a degree in Digital Cinematography, Media and Communications, and now working on my Creative Writing MFA. I love to take pictures and film from the ground, above, and even underwater. My passion is to tell the stories from these adventures and write new, fictional stories to give laughter. 

 

If you have a story for a movie, television, documentary, or book, please take a journey with me to the next tab, entitled "showcase." From there, I can help make your dream, too, a reality!

© 2021 by Wade Ramponi

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