A little about myself:
Not many moments in life are this clear – It was 2005, I was working at the Hobart Magistrate Courts. On lunch break, the administrator says to me:
“Another 25 years here, and you could be in my position, Nic.”
I’m not sure if he was giving me encouragement, or it was a subtle form of despair, but it was that precise moment I knew that the life for me was one of less restrictive clothing and more creative pursuits. I quit within the month, and moved to the Gold Coast, to study Film and Television at Bond University.
Upon graduating, one simple video idea won me a two-week vacation to the UK and a subsequent job in New Zealand with the creative agency behind the competition.
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If there’s a corner up ahead, I need to find out what’s around it; I have always been that way. As a spritely 18 year old Australian, I put my life on pause and travelled halfway across the world to work at a summer camp in North Carolina, US. My first adventure to the most exotic land within my grasp (parents restrictions!). Keen to wet my lips with culture and discovery, I set out on a 27-hour long expedition – from the nest to Hendersonville, NC. I land on my feet only to be welcomed by a group of 25 other young Aussies with the same idea (I even met a bloke who had dated my own sister!). Unfortunately, rather than bathing in the culture of the US South, we ended up providing an Aussie one to the campers.
After camp, I did get to travel the rest of the US for a few months before returning home, which unlocked a love of the country I now call home, and thirst for travel!
I have been living in New York now for almost 4 years, I’ve discovered what I most like to do is to get out and explore the city. The more I explore, the more I realize how much is left! I love trying new foods – last month I discovered the best Greek is in Astoria. I am a beach volleyball player, and a wannabe basketballer. I realize NFL is more psychological than a show brute strength, but often I can’t help comparing it to Australian AFL football – which will always be my first love! I love my music, and I still can’t believe that on a Tuesday night, I can find some of the best modern acts that would sell out a good-sized venue in Australia!
Three things that brought me to New York:
1) The Sandwiches
– Selection is plenty, and the meat is over generous!
2) The walking pace
– Everyone always has somewhere to go – at least they appear so.
3) Flight of the Conchords
– No further explanation needed: https://youtu.be/Y9JwTwCfodQ
Some of my favourite throwback pics:
To finish up, I’ll leave you with my playlist of music I could play all day. Some classics, some recent, all my personal opinion!: