Rachel R's Incredible Progression From Chef to Instructor
his summer, SoulCycle is traveling across the country and Canada for our Instructor Audition Tour. In honor of the tour, which continues next week in Austin, we're celebrating our instructors and the personal journeys that led them to the podium. Next up, Austin's RACHEL RIVAS.
In order to understand how I got here, I think it’s important to know a little bit about who I was prior to finding SoulCycle. I was never very athletic, I lacked confidence, and I wasn’t clear on what I was passionate about for my future. I decided after high school that I wanted to be a chef. I attended Le Cordon Bleu Texas Culinary Academy and started working in corporate catering quickly after college. For the next five years, I bounced around from being a personal chef to various jobs in sales and marketing, always hoping that the next job would bring me happiness.
Like so many 20-somethings trying to figure out their future, I was lost. I moved to Los Angeles with the idea that a change of scenery might be exactly what I needed. I never truly felt settled in LA, but I did find something that made me feel at home. Hello, SoulCycle.
SoulCycle was my space to develop creativity, vulnerability, and confidence. I knew that regardless of what job I was in or what was going on in my personal life, if I had 45 minutes a couple times a week to recharge in a dark room, nothing else mattered. I remember going through the motions of my day just looking forward to 6:30PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Pixie in West Hollywood. I found something I was truly passionate about. I never imagined I would become an instructor, but as confidence developed, and a year of riding went on, I felt more and more ready to step up to the podium. I submitted my application to audition and left it to the powers that be.
While sitting in the LAX airport about to board my plane, I got THE email. I knew this was my shot and I might not get another. I changed my flight and auditioned 36 hours later. Going into auditions, I had all the feels... all the nerves, all the fears, but all the excitement. The room was filled with people from all walks of life, but we all shared one common passion: SOUL. It was the quickest two minutes of my life and I left feeling empowered by all of the support from the SoulCycle community. Two months later, I was on a plane headed to New York with more confidence and drive then I had ever had before. From Los Angeles to New York to Washington, D.C. I can finally say I am living my dream.
My goal as an instructor has always been to inspire people to be the best versions of themselves — that’s what I learned in a year of riding in that West Hollywood studio. It’s been a wild and rewarding ride thus far. Three years on this journey and I’m happy to say that not only did I find my passion, but I also had the opportunity to bring it all the way to my hometown of Austin, TX. Yeehaw!