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The world—and your social media feed— is already full of everyone’s highlight reel. It's time to join us if you’re eager to escape the fake posts and filters and just want to hear some good old-fashioned realness. Welcome to The Real Reel, where influencer, YouTuber, and entrepreneur Natalie Barbu is here to pull back the curtain and reveal what's going on behind the highlight reel. On her podcast, Natalie talks to real people about their real lives and real careers. She swaps stories with fellow entrepreneurs every Monday about things like quitting your day job to start your dream company, the future of influencers, serial entrepreneurship, and how to make real money. While we all might find ourselves scrolling the Instagram highlight reel, this is a place where nine-to-fivers, entrepreneurs, and everyone in between can uncover the real reel.

The Real Reel Natalie Barbu

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

The world—and your social media feed— is already full of everyone’s highlight reel. It's time to join us if you’re eager to escape the fake posts and filters and just want to hear some good old-fashioned realness. Welcome to The Real Reel, where influencer, YouTuber, and entrepreneur Natalie Barbu is here to pull back the curtain and reveal what's going on behind the highlight reel. On her podcast, Natalie talks to real people about their real lives and real careers. She swaps stories with fellow entrepreneurs every Monday about things like quitting your day job to start your dream company, the future of influencers, serial entrepreneurship, and how to make real money. While we all might find ourselves scrolling the Instagram highlight reel, this is a place where nine-to-fivers, entrepreneurs, and everyone in between can uncover the real reel.

    The Business of Podcasting and Finding Your Unique Message With Steve Olsher

    The Business of Podcasting and Finding Your Unique Message With Steve Olsher

    Episode 132: If you’re new to podcasting, looking to start a podcast, or simply want to grow your business, this episode is for you! Podcast master and mentor, Steve Olsher, joins Natalie on the mic to break down the evolution of the podcast industry and discuss what the future of podcasting has in store. With the recent explosion of shows launching since the beginning of the pandemic, having a unique voice is more important than ever and Steve and Natalie have some tactics to share for winning the game of discoverability. As the founder and Editor-In-Chief of the Rolling Stone for podcasters, Podcast Magazine, Steve is an integral member of the podcasting community and has coached thousands on how to launch, market, and monetize their own shows. On today’s episode, Natalie and Steve dive into the business of podcasting vs. the podcast as the business itself, how you can determine your podcast's value (and whether selling is a viable option), and why the world needs to hear what puts fire on your soul.  
    Thank you so much for being a part of our podcast community! Please be sure to rate, follow, review, and of course, post to your highlight reel. Follow your host Natalie on Instagram @nataliebarbu and @therealreelpodcast. 
    Follow Steve on Instagram and Podcast Magazine and @clubpod on Clubhouse  
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Branding Basics and Finding Creative Inspiration with Kelli Adams

    Branding Basics and Finding Creative Inspiration with Kelli Adams

    Episode 131: If you’re the type of person who falls in love with the branding before even trying a product, then this is the episode for you! Natalie welcomes branding aficionado and co-founder of Onda Tequila Seltzer, Kelli Adams, to pull back the branding curtain and dig into what it takes to build a product that appeals to the right customer. Kelli may just be more obsessed with branding than Natalie is and has worked with some major companies like PepsiCo and Frito-Lay to help create memorable and recognizable products for consumers everywhere. Her natural gift for graphic design combined with her creative side was the perfect fit for Onda, the company she created alongside her three co-founders who each bring their own set of unique skills to the table. Today’s episode dives into how to get those creative juices flowing, how 90’s fashion can inspire a modern day brand, and what it’s like to transition from a 9-to-5 job to working for yourself. If you’re eager to learn more about what it really takes to make a brand stand out in a competitive market, then tune in for some great tips and tricks.  
    Thank you so much for being a part of our podcast community! Please be sure to rate, follow, review, and of course, post to your highlight reel. Follow your host Natalie on Instagram @nataliebarbu and @therealreelpodcast. 
    Follow Onda on Instagram @drinkonda and Kelli @kelliadams 
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    • 51 min
    Solo Episode: Battling Imposter Syndrome and Living with Intention 

    Solo Episode: Battling Imposter Syndrome and Living with Intention 

    Episode 130: A solo episode is long overdue so Natalie is jumping on the mic to fill The Real Reel community in on what’s been happening in her personal and work life. With her business, Rella, ramping up to launch in November, the stress has been building and Natalie opens up about the challenges she has been facing both emotionally and physically. It has been weighing on her heart to speak about her personal experience with imposter syndrome and share her story about constantly being underestimated as a woman in a male-dominated program in University. Flash forward— she graduated and none of her male counterparts that doubted her did! At 25, to say Natalie has accomplished a lot would be an understatement, but even with great amounts of success she still faces imposter syndrome regularly and has to work daily on building confidence. If you can relate to feeling like you don’t belong or find yourself constantly doubting your abilities, you’re not alone. This episode offers some strategies and guidance to quiet the inner critic and start growing your confidence.  
    Thank you so much for being a part of our podcast community! Please be sure to rate, follow, review, and of course, post to your highlight reel. Follow your host Natalie on Instagram @nataliebarbu and @therealreelpodcast. 
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    • 35 min
    Designing a Dating App and Building a Business You Love with Austin Kevitch

    Designing a Dating App and Building a Business You Love with Austin Kevitch

    Episode 129: You are going to want to swipe right on today’s episode as Natalie welcomes the founder of Lox Club, Austin Kevitch, to share some insider tips on how to stand out in the dating app scene. With more people staying home and turning to their devices to find love, Austin jumped on the opportunity to make a tongue and cheek dating app to help singles find someone their grandma would approve of. Austin is no stranger to the app development game as he’s built 30 apps in total! And now, his app Lox Club is generating some serious buzz from major publications such as The New York Times, Vogue, and Forbes for its unique and lighthearted approach to dating that focuses more on personality than photos. Tune in to hear how a fictional story about a speakeasy in a deli turned into an app, why it is so important build a business you would use yourself, and how Facetime can help you find that special someone.  
    Thank you so much for being a part of our podcast community! Please be sure to rate, follow, review, and of course, post to your highlight reel. Follow your host Natalie on Instagram @nataliebarbu and @therealreelpodcast. 
    Follow Austin on Instagram @austinkevitch and Lox Club @loxclub 
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    • 58 min
    Conquering Imposter Syndrome and Landing Your Dream Role with Madison Reid

    Conquering Imposter Syndrome and Landing Your Dream Role with Madison Reid

    Episode 128: Today's unfiltered episode is all about shifting your mindset to create more confidence in your work and practicing what you preach while building your empire! Natalie was previously interviewed by Madison Reid from the Girls Building Empires podcast and knew the conversation was far from over. The two hosts discuss their personal experiences with imposter syndrome and share how they are still working on their own confidence on and off the mic. Madison details how she chased her dream role in the podcast space with persistence. While she may have had little experience in the industry, she knew the job couldn’t go to anyone else.  Her story is incredibly empowering and bound to remind you that no goal is out of reach. From tips that will help you stay motivated when you’re in a funk to ways to stand out when applying to jobs to shifting your confidence mindset, this conversation offers some major takeaways. Whether you're on the hunt for your new dream job or looking to get out of that work slump, this episode will bring you one step closer to achieving your goals and with a new, confident pep in your step.   
    Thank you so much for being a part of our podcast community! Please be sure to rate, follow, review, and of course, post to your highlight reel. Follow your host Natalie on Instagram @nataliebarbu and @therealreelpodcast. 
    Follow Madison on Instagram @madisonvreid and Girls Building Empires @girlsbuildingempires. Listen to the podcast HERE and make sure to check out Natalie's episode! 
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    • 59 min
    Sisterly Dynamics and Podcasting Pet Peeves with Okay Sis

    Sisterly Dynamics and Podcasting Pet Peeves with Okay Sis

    Episode 127: The sisters behind the Okay Sis podcast are finally in the building... well, virtually at least! Scout and Mady, the co-hosts of Okay Sis, are absolutely hilarious sisters IRL and are bringing their top notch banter and business know-how to this week’s episode. Natalie is welcomed as an honorary third sister as Scout and Mady share stories from their childhood and open up about what it is really like to co-host a podcast and build a community alongside your sister. With three years of podcasting under their belts, you could say they know a thing or two. The sisters reveal their podcasting pet peeves, share tips to help grow your podcasting community, and give insight on how they stay productive and sane while growing the podcast and building their own companies, Scout’s Agency and Camber. This episode dives into how running a business with family can bring you undeniably closer and why time-batching is essential to avoid unnecessary stress and make your life a whole lot easier. Tune in to join the sisterhood! 
    Thank you so much for being a part of our podcast community! Please be sure to rate, follow, review, and of course, post to your highlight reel. Follow your host Natalie on Instagram @nataliebarbu and @therealreelpodcast. 
    Follow Okay Sis on Instagram @okaysispodcast and listen to their podcast HERE. Follow Scout @scoutsobel and Mady @madymaio. 
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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Lilybelle B ,

Love this podcast

Hi Natalie I’ve been listening since you brought out your first episode and I’m still obsessed! every episode has something different to bring and a bonus that your voice is so relaxing to listen to on my morning walks with my puppy
Thank you keep them coming
Love Lilybelle

.....stellchels.... ,

Love from Australia!!

Natalie, I absolutely love this podcast. You talk about so many engaging, useful and informative topics and it always motivates me to be productive and do more!

Thank you so much! Keep up the amazing work!

Daaniellemarie ,

Much love from Australia! 🇦🇺

This has become my new favourite podcast, as well as Natalie becoming my new favourite YouTube to watch! She is so real, down to earth and interviews the most incredible people. I’m a 21 year old entrepreneur, and I always feel so inspired after listening to the podcast episodes, no matter who is on. Natalie honestly makes you feel like you’re just chatting with a friend, and she is so open and honest about everything which just adds to her charm! Much love from the land down under - come visit us!

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