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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

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.

    Becoming a Full-Time Influencer and Knowing Your Value with Tina Lee

    Becoming a Full-Time Influencer and Knowing Your Value with Tina Lee

    Episode 136: It’s a new age on social media and the opportunity to make a full-time salary is at your fingertips no matter the size of your following. Today’s guest, Tina Lee, grew her following by 10k in one month by launching 30 reels in 30 days and has never looked back. Natalie and Tina have been navigating the world of content creation for quite some time and have tons to share when it comes to organic growth and evaluating your worth in the space. 
     
    Tina Lee began her influencing journey five years ago when she left her job as an associate designer to chase her dream of owning a business. Her podcast and program Full-Time Influencer teaches people how to reach a full-time income by posting content on Instagram and shares tools to build your dream career using the power of social media.  
     
    Today’s episode dives into: 
     

    The evolution and origins of social media influencers 

    Growth hacks for Instagram    

    How to determine your influencer rate and build negotiating confidence  

    Steps for landing brand deals no matter your following size 

     
    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 Tina on Instagram @ofleatherandlace and her podcast @fulltimeinfluencer. 
     
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    • 57 min
    Rewriting the Dating Handbook and Standing Out Online with Ilana Dunn

    Rewriting the Dating Handbook and Standing Out Online with Ilana Dunn

    Episode 135: This is a first for The Real Reel and the bar is set high as the one and only Ilana Dunn joins Natalie to chat about all things dating-related. This episode is packed full of advice and funny dating stories that will remind you you’re not alone in your journey to find love. Ilana’s ability and willingness to be vulnerable landed her a job at Hinge where she discussed her romantic life on camera and on the mic. This served as the catalyst in her own journey to becoming an entrepreneur and she is still the go-to friend to call for dating advice. 
    Ilana is the host of Seeing Other People, a podcast that discusses the ups and downs of modern dating and relationships with a healthy dose of honesty and empathy. She also offers 1:1 emotional support coaching and dating profile audits.  
    Today’s episode dives into: 

    Dating do's and don'ts  

    How to create an online profile that stands out  

    Some hot takes on dating rules and how to stop playing games   

    The ups and downs of starting a business based on vulnerability 

     
    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 Ilana on Instagram @ilana.dunn and her podcast @seeingotherpeople. 
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    • 1 hr
    Concocting Personalized Skincare and Focusing on Internal Healing with Daisy Jing

    Concocting Personalized Skincare and Focusing on Internal Healing with Daisy Jing

    Episode 134: From reviewing products on YouTube to concocting her own skincare recipes to shipping products across the world, Daisy Jing is an entrepreneur through and through. Natalie and Daisy share a similar skincare story and both faced bullying and confidence issues due to their acne. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, Daisy took matters into her own hands and began a YouTube channel that would change everything. She empowers people to focus on healing from within and believes her own struggles were given to her so she could help others. 
     
    Daisy founded Banish eight years ago, and their mission is dedicated to getting to root of skincare problems through the use of fresh, natural ingredients from the West Coast of the United States. Throughout her entrepreneurial journey, Daisy has been featured in Forbes 30 under 30, TEDx, Inc. 500, and more! 
     
    Today’s episode dives into: 

    Skincare myths and products worth adding to your routine 

    The benefits of micro-needling and how you can safely do it at home  

    Morning and evening routine tips from a skincare expert 

     
    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 Daisy on Instagram @daiserz89 and Banish  @banishacnescars and @banish. 
     
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    • 53 min
    Trusting Your Instincts and Branding for Longevity with Gorjana and Jason Griffin Reidel

    Trusting Your Instincts and Branding for Longevity with Gorjana and Jason Griffin Reidel

    Episode 133: From marketing to modelling to managing to manufacturing, Gorjana and Jason Griffin Reidel’s entrepreneurial journey has been far from ordinary. The phrase “sink or swim” became their motto as they struggled to find employment and sunk their teeth into a jewelry business. They’ve never looked back as they continue to see every improvement as an opportunity to grow. They lead from their instincts, trust their intuition, and leave the predicting to the psychics. 
     
    Gorjana was founded in Laguna Beach, California and offers the type of jewelry you’ll want to wear every day. They have retail stores all over the states and continue to grow. They also make it a top priority to give back to the community and lead from a place of authenticity. 
     
    Today’s episode dives into: 

    The flaws in financial modelling 

    Tips for employee retention and creating a family style company culture 

    How to lead a business by trusting your instincts and intuition  


    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 Gorjana on Instagram @gorjana and make sure to check out their website gorjana.com. 
     
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    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

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