The Pixel Questionnaire: Bill Risen

Words by NJI
Published March 18, 2021
Last Updated July 15, 2024

Our Chief Panda Officer, always near the genesis of an inspired idea (or cocktail), often recalls Marcel Proust’s wit for answering Victorian parlor game questions. Pixel has traveled far from the salons of Paris, but her interest remains piqued in which questions truly reflect a person’s character. Packing just the right amount of punch, NJI created The Pixel Questionnaire to give a glimpse into the inner workings of some of our most intriguing minds.

Amid a Great Gatsby inspired garden party, Multimedia Director Bill Risen sat down to enjoy a delicious kale salad and share a glimpse behind the camera lens of his world.

What is your spirit animal?


If not yourself, who would you be?

I am myself, as well as that other person. We are all the same.

If you had a superpower?


What is your most unusual talent?

I used to play the oboe.

On what occasions do you lie?

Rarely, if ever.

If you could jump into a pool of something, what would it be?

Cold quarry water.

What is your favorite drink?

Mountain Dew.

If a movie were made about your career, what would be the title?

Don’t Kill Bill.

You’ve been given an elephant. What do you do?

Get it into an endangered species care program.

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Kale Salads with lots of ingredients.

Your most treasured possession?

Contax G1 35mm Camera.

What’s the greatest length you’ve gone to for a client?

I once drove from San Francisco to San Jose to get a replacement for a rental car that my boss didn’t like.

If you could breed two animals together, what would they be?


Do you have any superstitions?

Double checking that the door is locked when I leave.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

The roaring 20s.

What is something you hate but wish you loved?


Garden gnomes — what do you think?


If you joined the circus, what would your circus act be?


What one object do you take with you on a desert island (you have water and food already)?

A surfboard.

Who inspires you?

My father.

What is something you get wrong every time you try?

Lots of things.

Who would you like to sit next to on a 10 hour flight?

Someone quiet and hygienic.

What was the last gift you got someone?

A gift basket from Maine Cabin Masters.

If you could talk to one species of animals, which one would it be?


If NJI were a television show or movie, what would it be?

Chariots of Fire.

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