Creative directors Bumper Carroll and Jen Bills, now married with two kids, met doing comedy, including a gig in Amsterdam and jobs with Second City, before they both found new careers in advertising.

Mr. Carroll said they both experienced many of the same challenges while transitioning careers, and both said they would go to each other for professional advice or to compare notes.

"He's great at helping me sometimes translate my funny vision into advertising vision," Ms. Bills said. "On your feet" comedy definitely has its place in the office, Mr. Carroll said. Once you identify shared experience and make people laugh, a rapport develops, and that can be an invaluable asset in the boardroom.


This article was originally published on Advertising Age

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