By Felicia Greiff

The path to advertising isn’t always linear. And it’s no wonder given the creativity necessary to succeed in this industry. But an offbeat background can give an edge, too. Comedians know how to make a client laugh, dancers remain confident in front of a crowd, and chefs bring passion and innovation to their work. These executives’ stories include world travel, grueling schedules and ballsy career moves. Their varied experiences have made them career chameleons perfect for adland.

Read the profile on our very own creative director, Jen Bills, whose Second City improv background is invaluable in helping our clients find—and stay true to—their voices.