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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.

    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 7 min
    Breaking the Therapist Mold and Going Beyond the Highlight Reel with the ShrinkChicks

    Breaking the Therapist Mold and Going Beyond the Highlight Reel with the ShrinkChicks

    Episode 126: Therapy is getting a total makeover as the infamous and highly esteemed ShrinkChicks join Natalie for a serious dose of real talk that challenges the traditional model of what therapy should look like. Emmalee Bierly and Jennifer Chaiken are two relatable and hilarious licensed marriage and family therapists that are shattering the clinical wall and bringing humanity to therapy. There have been studies that show the most important predicator of therapeutic success is the connection and relationship with your therapist. Emmalee and Jen have found that developing that relationship often involves breaking away from the traditional mold of what a therapist should be, so they never shy away from being themselves and even share personal, vulnerable stories on their own podcast, ShrinkChicks. Today’s episode covers a lot of mental health ground as the three discuss ways to discover coping mechanisms that work for you, how to deal with criticism and embrace failure, and why they decided to start their very own practice. With practitioners in states across the US, these best friends discuss how to grow your business while simultaneously growing in your relationships and working on yourself. If the typical, emotionless Freudian mold just isn’t working for you and you’re looking for a fresh perspective on therapy, this episode is for you. It’s out with the old and in with the new.  
    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 the ShrinkChicks @shrinkchicks and listen to their podcast ShrinkChicks. Follow The Therapy Group @thetherapygrp and check out their website thetherapygroup.com. 
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Creative Marketing Tactics and Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable with Bailey Stanworth and Jacci Rai

    Creative Marketing Tactics and Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable with Bailey Stanworth and Jacci Rai

    Episode 125: It’s a podcaster’s paradise as masters on the mic, Bailey Stanworth and Jacci Rai from What Day Is It?, join Natalie to talk all things podcast related and so much more. These two BFFs have been setting the bar high on creating and marketing their own podcast since day one, constantly coming up with out-of-the-box ways to engage with their community. An instant bond is formed as the three podcast hosts share their own journeys in podcasting and evaluate the pros and cons of tackling the medium solo or with a co-host. Bailey and Jacci open up about why it’s important for them to be candid about mental health on and off the mic, why the idea for the podcast was initially a no-go, and how they’ve been navigating the world of virtual recordings. This episode is filled with incredible advice on how to creatively market your business and how to maintain a solid relationship with your bestie in life and work. Their friendship love story is bound to make you want to call up your friends for a chat or start the project (or podcast!) that's been on your mind. 
    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 What Day Is It? @whatdayisitpodcast and check out their website whatdayisit.com . Follow Bailey @baileyjst and follow Jacci @jaccirai 
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Rewriting the Spirits Narrative and Empowering the Underdog with Bridgette Taylor

    Rewriting the Spirits Narrative and Empowering the Underdog with Bridgette Taylor

    Episode 124: Covid had its fair share of challenges for businesses but one industry in particular thrived. Can you guess which one? Yep, it’s alcohol. As Harridan Vodka founder Bridgette Taylor was mixing drinks during quarantine, she began to fall in love with the alcohol industry. It was a space in which she could combine her passion for storytelling and branding with her love of a great cocktail. The journey as a female founder in a male-dominated industry had its setbacks, but it ultimately led Brigette to find a feminist voice that would shake up what people thought a women’s spirit could and should be. As a self-proclaimed harridan, she is rewriting the male-centered narrative and bringing badass women of history front and center This conversation packs a punch as Natalie and Bridgette dive into what it is like to start a spirits business mid-pandemic and how a brand of vodka can be defiant, empowering, and most-importantly, contribute to the perfect cocktail. 
    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 Harridan Vodka on Instagram @harridanvodka and make sure to check out their website www.harridan.com 
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Influencer Marketing and the Power of Blogging with Jamie Stone

    Influencer Marketing and the Power of Blogging with Jamie Stone

    Episode 123: Open up Sephora on your browser because your cart is about to be filled with beauty must haves! OG beauty blogger and influencer marketing manager Jamie Stone joins Natalie to share the inside scoop on building an audience online whether you’re a brand or an influencer. Jamie started her blog in 2006 and has become one of the go-to experts for all things beauty related. She has made contributions to Women's Health Magazine, Refinery 29, and The Today Show and continues to share her wealth of knowledge across multiple platforms. On today’s episode, Jamie and Natalie dive into what it means to be a celebrity ghostwriter (yes, that’s also on her resume), how to become a successful freelancer and thrive in an ever-changing industry, which platforms are best for growing your following and of course, the holy grail products you need to add to your routine (apologies in advance to your next credit card statement). 
    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 Jamie on Instagram @itsjamiestone and her podcast @alittletoomuchpodcast and make sure to check out her blog at honestlyjamie.com. 
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    • 52 min
    Shifting Your Mindset and Focusing on Your Why with Nicole Rosé

    Shifting Your Mindset and Focusing on Your Why with Nicole Rosé

    Episode 122: The reality TV theme continues this week as Natalie welcomes Nicole Rosé to the podcast. Grab a pen and notebook because this episode is filled with simple yet effective tools that will shift your mindset starting today. Learn how to get crystal clear on your values and discover tips for manifesting your dreams into reality. Nicole is the perfect example of how your thoughts shape your life; her consistent goal setting and visualizing landed her a spot on HBO Max’s The Big Shot with one of her role models, Bethenny Frankel. This is the first time Natalie has welcomed a DJ to the podcast, and Nicole’s journey to discovering her passion for this career is sure to inspire. Nicole also recently launched a mindset mentorship program that helps women get specific about attracting their dreams and teaches them how to get there a little bit faster. In today’s episode, Natalie and Nicole cover the science behind the law of attraction, discuss ways to identify limiting beliefs and overcome them, and share tips to create new positive pathways in the brain. This is an episode you will listen to time and time again!  
    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 Nicole on Instagram @nicolerosestillings and her podcast  @bigqueenenergypod. 
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    • 59 min

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