A jack of all trades—quite literally—Will’s high-level of non-stop energy is evident when it comes to pushing his teams’ projects forward. And he holds firm to the belief that you should never put out work you aren’t crazy stoked to share.
Meet Will Raunig, Senior Interactive Producer at Hornall Anderson’s Seattle office.
1. Are you from Seattle? If not, where are you from?
I am from this area. Born and raised in Seattle, just thirty minutes south of Maple Valley, in a small sleepy town.
2. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I pastored a church in a bar, always the dream. Everyone from all faiths and backgrounds would come—no judgments—and just gather and explore. I also was a cobbler, fixing shoes, which is what a cobbler does… I installed invisible dog fences and trained dogs, and coached basketball for 5 years. Somehow I was paid to do all those weird things.
3. What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
Making furniture and pallet art, biking, and photography. I used to do a lot of design work and I designed for different Seattle based NBA players. I’m always being creative outside of work since mostly I organize the creative people during work.
4. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
One thing? If I say beer, is that mean to my wife and puppy? I’ll say Bethany, our puppy Millie May, and a good beer. It all goes together.
Also, mountains and the beach.
5. What is your hidden talent?
The furniture making probably.
6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Apathy—I just believe in acting on things that are not right and need to be fixed, whether it is myself or something in society or just an inefficient process.
7. What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?
I think the biggest surprise about me is the fact I pastored a church in a bar. Or that I have a crazy interest in learning about and visiting North Korea. I watch documentaries on it constantly.
8. Name 3 things on your bucket list.
Currently: Living in London, summiting Mt. Rainier, and seeing the Great Wall of China.
9. What is one of your personal mottos or favorite sayings?
“Empty your bucket” — a bucket list is meant to be empty not full.
10. Name a favorite line from a movie.
“It’s how I live my life; I grip it and I rip it” – Zoolander
11. What is your favorite part of your job? What makes you excited to come into the office every day?
I would say creating cool shit. That’s really it.