The interview below was featured on the website Exercise Jobs. By Sarah Koszyk

Finding passion in your profession is key to Shelby Corkern Jacquez’s success as a personal trainer. Read on to learn how to make a living doing what you love.

What attracted you to the field of fitness and exercise?

Someone once told me that I should not make my passion my profession… I thought about that advice for one small second and I did the opposite. I followed my heart and turned my passion into my profession.  I am happy to say that 11 professional years later, health, fitness and holistic living are the cornerstones of my vitality.

My attraction with fitness started at the age of 15. When I was 13, I auditioned for a competitive dance company. At 14 I received a full tuition scholarship. At 15 I nearly lost my scholarship because I was put on a 5 lb weight probation. The weight probation was a real mind (you know what), but it turned out to be very positive experience for me. The probation sparked me to hire Mr. Jim Ptack, my very 1st personal trainer. My experience with Jim was absolutely AWESOME! So at the age of 15, I fell in love with health and fitness, and at 33 the love affair is still going strong.

Your Job Title: Personal Trainer

What company you are with now?

Independent contractor at DIAKADI


Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you.

  •  5:30 wake up call
  • 6:35 ride my bike to work
  •  6:50 arrive to work
  •  1st client at 7:00
  •  2nd client at 8:00
  •  9:30 ride my bike to dance
  •  10:00-11:15 dance at O.D.C.
  •  11:20 ride my bike to work
  • 11:30 take a shower
  •  11:50 eat
  •  3rd client at 12:00
  •  4th client at 1:00- 2:00 – 5:00 Long break
  •  During break I may workout, go to pilates, and for sure EAT- 5th client at 5:00
  •  6th client at 6:00
  •  7:05 ride my bike home
  • 7:20 at home with my loving husband
  •  Phew

How did you get your current job in fitness and exercise?

I got a lucky break from an independent gym owner named Phil Chen. Phil was the owner of APEX health and fitness. APEX was a small one on one personal training studio in San Francisco. Phil hired me to be his personal assistant. He paid me next to nothing in return I was allowed to shadow him training each and everyone of his clients. After 4 months of taking notes and paying close attention, he gave me my very 1st client. Again I was very lucky to find Phil, he gave me a very rare opportunity. Thank you Phil!

What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?

I suppose I was born with the skill of movement. I dance effortlessly, I have rhythm and hear music quite well! I was also born with a strong work ethic, Along the way I trained myself to became psychically strong. Snowboarding, running, kick boxing, swimming, biking, yoga and Pilates are all art forms in which I have learned to achieve and excel.

What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?

I guess for me I would say “make your passion your profession”.

If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?

Dance Classes and Winter lift tickets 100%