MEET THE INSTRUCTOR
How SoulCycle helped Chevy FIND IT and Follow Her Dreams
April 9, 2017
oCal instructor CHEVY LAURENT went from being a spokesmodel to leading the pack. Now she opens up about why she pursued her dream job…
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. I spent my primary and secondary years at a private all–girls school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan — Midwest suburbia. But I feel like I really “grew up” in California because I moved here for college and have been here ever since.
Where did you go to school?
I ended up going to Loyola Marymount University where I earned my B.A in Communication Studies, the University of Southern California where I earned my M.A. in Communications Management, and I also went to Pepperdine University School of Law which is where I met my amazing husband and also where I figured out that a career in law was not the right choice for me.
What were you doing before you became an instructor at SOUL?
I used to be a spokesmodel for a luxury automotive manufacturer. I spent a decade of my life traveling the country, wearing couture suits and 4-inch stilettos, giving sales and marketing product presentations at intimate celebrity gatherings, to crowds of thousands of general public at auto shows, national sporting events, awards shows, etc. And while that may sound glamorous to the casual onlooker; and don’t get me wrong, for a while it was glamorous, after a while, living out of a suitcase, and spending more time in airports than with family and friends took a toll on me.
So what did you do?
By the time I left that job, I was managing over two dozen other spokesmodels and had reached the glass ceiling, so to speak, both from an employment and emotional perspective. I spent a few years after that in pharmaceutical sales, making great money, but still soul searching and trying to figure out what would be my next step. All the while I was working out, taking yoga classes, and doing the best that I could to maintain a balanced healthy lifestyle physically, mentally, and emotionally.
What was the “a-ha” moment or turning point that led you to SOUL?
I remember getting on a plane for a national sales meeting and sitting next to another passenger that asked me, during the usual airplane small talk, what I did for a living. He then followed up by asking, if I was “truly happy.” When he asked me that question, I was literally at a loss for words — I had a great job, an amazing husband, supportive family, loving dog, owned a home — so I should’ve easily been able to answer “yes,” but for some reason I could say nothing. It was this casual chance encounter, that cultivated in a conversation that struck me to my core, and somehow in the back of my mind gave me the kick in the pants I needed to push forward with the things that I really wanted. So that day I made a choice, to take a chance, and follow my heart to make some changes in my life. I found myself enrolling in my first yoga teacher training, ultimately becoming a registered certified power yoga and sculpt teacher, and I started to find myself riding more frequently at SOUL. I started to take my health and fitness to the next level to enhance my overall wellness in the hopes of one day being able to help and inspire others to do the same thing.
How did you first find SOUL?
Maintaining a particular level of fitness was always top of mind for me, not only as a career requirement as a spokesmodel and host/actor, but because I’ve always been the kind of person who needed to workout to maintain a certain level of calm serenity in my day-to-day. I’m the type of person who gets antsy or even a little anxious when I haven’t had the chance to get some type of cardio or strength training in. I read lots of articles about fitness and had been familiar with SoulCycle for years. But it wasn’t until SoulCycle Manhattan Beach opened that this Westside girl got a chance to try it out first-hand. I remember dragging my husband to go with me to my first class with Jillian.
It was everything I read about, hoped it would be, and more! I remember leaving Jillian’s class that day and saying to my husband, I would love to do that one day… lead the pack. It took me a year to get the courage to audition to become an instructor, but when I finally did go through the process I honestly can’t tell you how much my life changed for the better. You know that anxious feeling when it’s Monday morning, and you have to go back to the grind? That feeling is gone…and I worked all weekend too! I literally can say that I love what I do, and I wake up happy every morning feeling blessed that I get the privilege to share the SoulCycle experience with my riders.
What’s one piece of advice you can share?
The one thing that I can say, is that although we are all collectively on a journey towards self-fulfillment and happiness; everyone’s path is different. I’ve learned in my life experience so far, that it’s okay to have a plan and change it; to run into road blocks and decide to take a right, a left turn, or even choose to plow right through it. It’s okay to try new things, to learn, to challenge yourself, to take on something scary, or to bet on yourself even if the outcome may seem unclear. The most important thing I’ve found you can do along the way though, is have compassion and love for yourself through it all. Make strong committed choices that continue to guide you towards personal growth and your happy place. That’s what I did, and I’m stronger and happier now for it.