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TRANSCRIPT of Episode 38: "Mean Comments with Natalie Weiss"

Review That Review with Chelsey Donn & Trey Gerrald
Episode 38: "Mean Comments with Natalie Weiss"


*Please Pardon any spelling errors!

THEME SONG: [00:00:00] Everybody's got an opinion.

Every Californian and Virginian.

It's so hard to tell who to trust and who to ignore.

Someone's gotta settle the score.

Trey and Chelsey will help you choose!

Whose views win, which ones lose.

Online haters are comin' for you!

Baby, it's time to Review That Review!

RTR 38 GOH Natalie

[00:00:00] VOICEOVER: [Theme Song]

[00:00:30] Chelsey Donn: Hi,

[00:00:31] Trey Gerrald: Hello, and welcome to Review That Review the podcast dedicated to reviewing

[00:00:38] Chelsey Donn: Reviews! We're just like Siskel and Ebert only instead of reviewing cinematic masterpieces, we rate and review those hilarious scathing and sometimes suspicious online reviews.

[00:00:49] Trey Gerrald: that's Chelsey Donn,

[00:00:50] Chelsey Donn: And that's Trey Gerrald

[00:00:52] Trey Gerrald: and together we are

[00:00:54] VOICEOVER: The Review Queens.

[00:00:58] Trey Gerrald: To support the show and get bonus exclusive content, including our members only after show podcast. Visit our patreon Page at

[00:01:10] Chelsey Donn: Yeah. And today

[00:01:12] Guest of Honor!

[00:01:12] Chelsey Donn: we are so excited. I am like jumping out of my skin excited because this week we've got a very special.

[00:01:20] VOICEOVER: Guest of honor.

[00:01:29] Trey Gerrald: Chelsey and I are so into these special guest of honor episodes because as you know, our whole podcast is about rating and inspecting and breaking down online reviews as outsiders. And then we have our special versus one in five star review episodes where we explore both extremes and the world of reviews and opinions with occasional replies from the sellers.

[00:01:51] Trey Gerrald: So it's a very exciting extension for us to invite some very special guests of honor.

[00:01:57] Trey Gerrald: on to talk about their experiences, dealing with online reviews, from their professional area of expertise.

[00:02:03] Chelsey Donn: That's right. And with their experience in their field, we have them down there Review Queen crown and help us inspect some reviews.

[00:02:12] Trey Gerrald: And today, Oh my God. we have got the renowned legendary talent. Of Natalie Weiss. So let me tell you just a little smidge about Natalie. If you've literally been living under a rock, Natalie is a song, stress and educator whose performance videos mixed with her 'edutainment' series, Breaking Down the Riffs, made her a viral sensation, garnering over 30 million views on YouTube alone.

[00:02:41] Trey Gerrald: Her groundbreaking and fun approach to pop technique has become a growing standard in the music industry and made her a highly sought after celebrity vocal coach having taught Katherine McPhee, Cheyenne Jackson, Kerry Ellis. She has broken down the riffs with Tori Kelly. Who's a God. Ben Platt, Avery Wilson, Laura Osnes.

[00:03:02] Trey Gerrald: she's also song with Jojo Pentatonix, Todrick Hall, Liz Callaway, Shoshana Bean, Lauren, Alred and many, many more. Natalie has performed her solo shows to sold out audiences, literally across the globe with her career, taking her to the UK, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Poland, and Austria.

[00:03:23] Trey Gerrald: I haven't even been to like, I've literally not been to any of those places where she has led masterclasses for many universities and institutions, including the Institute for vocal advancement, the national association of teachers, of singing vocal, cology, and practice and Broadway teachers work.

[00:03:40] Trey Gerrald: Natalie has performed on Broadway in, you guys, this is literally in my top three favorite musicals of all time, Everyday Rapture, starring Sherrie Rene Scott, off-Broadway in Emojiland and Natalie toured in Les Miz and Wicked, where she understudied, alphabet and performed in the ensemble. She was also on American idol, season four, she was a semifinalist and she performed the national Anthem at Cowboys and Shea stadium.

[00:04:04] Trey Gerrald: Now you can hear Natalie's voice on the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman in which she appeared on the 90th academy awards, excuse me, in the live performance of This is Me, Uh, you can also hear her on the original Broadway cast recording and the original film recording of Dear Evan Hansen and on the jingles for the Incredibles 2.

[00:04:23] Trey Gerrald: But most importantly of all, Natalie is the vocalist our theme song. So without further ado, let's welcome. Our special guest of honor, the Natalie Robin Weiss.

[00:04:38] Natalie Weiss: I didn't, I didn't know what you were going to say. Most importantly, I was like, that is so good. Wow. That sounds really cool when you read my bio, but then I get, we're not even on camera. I was so awkward. I was like,

[00:04:49] Chelsey Donn: Yes.

[00:04:50] Trey Gerrald: kind of hard to like, sit and hear.

[00:04:53] Natalie Weiss: it's very weird.

[00:04:55] Trey Gerrald: So Natalie, you know, our show, we focus on online reviews. So we're just curious. How would you say your decision-making is impacted by online reviews?

[00:05:06] Natalie Weiss: Hmm. If I'm looking at like a knee, like a massage place, that's like cheap. I'll probably in that case, read a few I'll scroll and see like high rating, high writing. But I don't often read many reviews minus if I'm like, if I'm in a foreign city and I'm on Yelp and I'm literally outside the restaurant, I'll be like, what about this one that I'll quickly go on Yelp or something like that.

[00:05:29] Natalie Weiss: But it really is about those like little underground massage places is what I can think of where I have to kind of see.

[00:05:36] Chelsey Donn: Yeah. Like, am I going to get killed? Is this a legitimate place? Those kinds of things. Have you ever left a one-star review yourself?

[00:05:44] Natalie Weiss: I've never left a review. I don't think. Have you guys

[00:05:48] Chelsey Donn: Not really. Yeah. Trey and I are not the biggest of Review! writers. We're more studying the art form.

[00:05:55] Natalie Weiss: reviewers? Yeah.

[00:05:56] Chelsey Donn: Yeah.

[00:05:56] Trey Gerrald: well. We're going to come back to this cause we're going to get a little personal

[00:06:00] Natalie Weiss: Yeah, we don't want to get personal too early.

[00:06:03] Trey Gerrald: Exactly.

[00:06:03] Lodge A Complaint

[00:06:03] Trey Gerrald: So, um, as a warmup Natalie. Chelsey, and I like to show our diversity as Review Queen by sharing how we also have things to complain about. So, Natalie, I'm just curious, would you like to join us as we,

[00:06:17] VOICEOVER: Lodge A Complaint.

[00:06:19] Natalie Weiss: I would definitely like to join you for this.

[00:06:21] Chelsey Donn: Okay,

[00:06:21] Trey Gerrald: okay, good. I'll start.

[00:06:23] Chelsey Donn: start trying,

[00:06:23] Trey Gerrald: Okay. Today. I really want a Lodge, A Complaint against loud talkers in public. Have you ever been like eating salad at Sweetgreen? And you're like with a friend and they're just speaking so loud that You start noticing people at other tables are like

[00:06:40] Chelsey Donn: oh my God. I hate that.

[00:06:42] Trey Gerrald: it feels like such a helpless experience because cause it's rude to be like can't!'

[00:06:46] Trey Gerrald: can you lower your voice?

[00:06:48] Natalie Weiss: I know, actually the other day, my friend in a Broadway show, long story, she was a student of mine on zoom. We met for the first time and we were like, got really close and we were in a Broadway show and she was before the show started talking so loudly and I went, you're screaming, you're screaming. Why are you screaming?

[00:07:01] Natalie Weiss: And I said it in a funny way. And so it wasn't as rude, but I totally get you.

[00:07:04] Chelsey Donn: Do you think you're always aware when your, that person I'm aware when there's just someone who's like, agregious really loud, of course, but I don't know if I'm always aware,

[00:07:14] Trey Gerrald: Well, I feel like I'm always super hyper aware of how I'm being perceived, like to a fault, but literally like three days ago, David and I were walking our dogs around the neighborhood and it was like 10:00 PM. And he was like, you're like screaming, be quiet. And I was like, what? But that's a great, that's a great tactic, Natalie.

[00:07:33] Trey Gerrald: Just, make the suggestion as a joke. Like, oh my God, why are you

[00:07:36] Chelsey Donn:</