Rebbeca Scott graduated from Payette High in 2009. Scott knows first hand how scary and hard it can be growing up in a small community and then venturing out into the big world outside of her rural upbringing. “I loved having the childhood I had and loved growing up in Payette. I think I am very fortunate to have that background, growing up in a tight community where everyone knows each other, but I have always wanted to see the world and travel.”
During the summer of her freshman year attending Treasure Valley Community College, Scott decided to become an Au pair through a nanny company. Her nanny position had her working in different states across the country. In the final summer Scott was a nanny, she worked for a single mom who happened to be a flight attendant. While the mother was working and going on trips, Scott would watch her child. From that experience, she learned a lot about being a flight attendant. “I kinda got a feel for what that world would look like and I just knew that I wanted to do it. When I was able, I applied for every airline I could and luckily United loved me and hired me.” She says she just jumped in from there, went to school and then United sent her to New Jersey, where she currently lives. Scott has a goal for every year of her life to go to one country. She currently is 32 and she has now touched down in 32 different countries. She says most have been through work but several are from her own travels. She shared that she loves different things about each country she has visited, but there are two that stand out to her. Tel Aviv, Israel, she found to be surprisingly one of the most beautiful and magical places she has visited. “I was terrified to go. I knew that they had a lot of war going on in their country and didn’t know what to expect. When I got there and touched down, it was just so beautiful. The people were beautiful and the food was amazing! It was just a big surprise to me.” Edinburgh, Scotland is one of Scott’s favorite places to visit and she tries to go there as often as she can. She shared that it’s just a magical place that makes you feel like Harry Potter.
Scott loves being a flight attendant and has no plan to stop, “Honestly being a flight attendant is like the greatest life hack. I get to travel, and even though I am over three-thousand miles away from my family in Payette, I know that no matter what, I can get home at any time because of the benefits from being a flight attendant. I don’t see myself ever letting it go. No matter where my life takes me, I think because it is such a flexible job, I think I just want to keep it forever.” Scott shared that she would encourage others to think outside the box, “Growing up, I never thought anything about aviation. It never crossed my mind. It’s not one of those jobs that I thought of being a job. Even if it’s scary getting up and leaving home, which it is, it’s terrifying, it’s worth it! There is a huge world out there.”
As exciting and amazing as Scott’s job often is, outside her career Scott seeks more opportunities for adventure. Scott shared, “This is the most random story in the entire world. I live in Jersey City and during the peak Covid lockdown isolation time, nobody really left their house. I normally do big things for people I love on their birthdays. My boyfriend and I would often watch wrestling on tv and even go to live shows pre-pandemic. Right after regulations started to lift up a little bit I decided for his birthday, I would secretly train at a wrestling club. I trained for three months and told him I was taking kickboxing classes.” For his birthday, Scott and the club put together a charity event for St.Judes Children’s Hospital. She convinced her boyfriend to attend since they loved to watch wrestling and this would be for a good cause. Scott invited all of her boyfriend’s friends and since there was still a mask mandate, he was not aware at first that his friends were in attendance. During the event, Scott was one of the talents to perform. “Low and behold, I went out as one of the talents and performed a match. He was so shocked and to this day this was the greatest surprise I have ever done.”
From this experience, Scott found that she enjoyed the sport. “I fell in love with wrestling. Someone was in attendance from a different wrestling club and asked if I would come train with them. Then before I knew it, within my first year, I was going to WWE, All Elite Wrestling and all these other places. It just kind of blew up. I never had a desire before to wrestle, but once I started doing it, I just loved it. It’s so much fun.” Scott has been invited to wrestle for different programs, “WWE reached out to me and asked if I wanted to participate in a tv loop. So they brought me in when they were in my area. And then All Elite Wrestling that airs on TBS and TNT they also did the same thing. When they are in the area every once in a while, I will wrestle on their program for them. Next month I think I will be back on WWE. From there it kinda goes back and forth until they need me.” Scott shared that the wrestling scene is a big thing in the area where she lives so there are opportunities for her to wrestle. Recently she wrestled for an all female promotion out of Delaware, Capital Championship Wrestling. It airs on Title Match Network. “It is one of the best companies I have ever worked for. I am currently their Global Fighting Champion and I am also undefeated.” Scott shared that at her age wrestling is really hard on the body. She loves what she is doing but doesn’t have any definitive goals with her wrestling career, “It is so cool to go out and perform on this level in front of people and have them care. That’s what I love doing. I love wrestling with my friends. I love being a part of my wrestling community. I just want to keep telling these stories and whatever happens, happens.” Scott recommends that if someone was interested in wrestling the best training she has had to help her be successful in the ring is from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training, “I train five days a week, when I am not flying, at David Birch Jiu Jitsu. I think he was like a six time world champion in the UFC. He is teaching me how to fight and protect myself. Any type of combat sport whether it’s Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Karate, any of that is so important, especially for women, not only to have if they want to get into wrestling, but to have those skills to protect themselves.”
From the outside, most people would think Scott is an adventurous person who isn’t afraid of anything, but she says, “I am scared of everything, but I have learned that nerves and being scared are a normal human function. It’s something we all go through. I often think, I am so scared of this or I am terrified of what’s going to happen. Leaving home I think I cried for the first week and half after I left. I couldn’t go more than a month without coming back home for the first five years. Knowing it’s okay and normal to be scared helped me push through. Knowing you have to do it anyways and looking back after the scary thing is done and seeing it was okay, can take a little bit of that power away from the fear. Knowing that something scares me, but once I do it, it will scare me a little bit less helps.” Scott chooses to live her life in such a way that she will not allow fear to have power over her decisions.
Speaking about a recent adventure jumping out of a plane with a friend for her friend’s 50th birthday she shared, “Just know all you have to do is get on the plane. The rest is going to happen for you. You’re jumping, you’re tied to another person. I was so scared and all I kept thinking was I just need to make my two feet get me on the plane.” Scott continued with her thoughts on pushing through fear and giving it less power, “Imagine if you went straight from where you are mentally and jumped out of a plane. Then all the stuff between, it will feel so miniscule, so unimportant, that you can do all of the other little things that make you scared because you did the big thing that terrified you more.”
Another way Scott chooses to live her life is by trying everything, “I have decided to try everything. My life makes no sense if you look at it in chronological order with my decisions, but I just had it in my brain that I want to try everything. I thought that if I do this or that maybe I could find things that I love. And I have, like with wrestling.” Scott feels that if everyone would just push past their fears and try everything that they’d be able to find things they love and be happier in their lives, “Give yourself the chance to let opportunities come to you. You don’t know if you like it or not unless you give it an honest chance.”
Scott’s comment, “Just know all you have to do is get on the plane. The rest is going to happen for you,” is not just applicable for her skydiving adventure, but for her experiences in being a nanny, a flight attendant and now her new love of wrestling. Just think of all the opportunities out there if we all would follow her advice to think outside the box, try everything and give fear a little less power in our lives.