Occupation: Jack of all, master of none.
Current Digs: Between NY and Los Angeles.
Current Project: I’m designing and managing the construction of a restaurant.
Moved to the U.S.: Wow, in mid 2002.
Visa type: E2.
What is your story on getting to and living in the U.S.?
I was chasing after a girlfriend who left me to move to London, and I thought, “I really have to check out New York on the way.” New York always fascinated me, even as a young kid. I was fortunate enough to have seen a great deal of the world growing up, but always had a yearning to see the Big Apple and had never been — and now, I know why. Oh, and I never did get to London to see that girl.
What do you miss most about home?
The way of life. It’s so relaxed, it’s amazing.
Do you have a mentor or hero?
Sean Macpherson is a friend and a mentor. He owns a number of establishments in NY and L.A. — The Bowery Hotel, the Jane, the Maritime and a number of others.
Is there a state of mind you try to live by?
Everything is achievable if you just believe it.
What is your favorite quote?
“Take the bull by the horns.”
Where do you see yourself in five years?
The same place as I see my self tomorrow; I have no idea what my future holds. As long as I’m somewhere with a lot of grass and an ocean, I’ll be happy.
Do you have a favorite American sport/athlete?
American football — Eli Manning (New York Giants Quarterback).
What is your favorite city in the U.S.?
I have a few areas I love: Long Island, the Napa Valley, the Rockies and, needless to say, Manhattan. The Napa Valley has the best food and wine in the country, Long island has some of the best architecture and beaches, the Rockies have the best skiing in the world and Manhattan? Its intensity and energy is the most incredible in the world. It’s addictive.
What must any Australian do before leaving the U.S.?
Well, if you’re Australian and don’t visit Ruby’s Café in NY, it’s like not visiting the Vatican in Rome.
Nick’s Sauce: A few fellow Swagmen
Cut Copy and The Presets – musicians: These boys are pioneers in the electro genre. They started playing in the U.S. nearly eight years ago at small parties we would throw, and now they book sold-out concerts all around the country. They play progressive music, which is before their time.
Ksubi – fashion designers: I’ve worked with these guys for nearly ten years, and they have been pioneers in Australia and the States. They create a culture like no other. It’s a lifestyle: the fashion, the design, the art and of course the people.
Ben Watts — photographer: Ben Watts is one of America’s top photographers. His last two books published have captured intriguing people from around the globe.
James Houston — film director/producer/writer: James has produced a successful documentary on sexual education, and has a book published on the human form.
Nick’s Slice of Advice
What to keep in mind when moving to U.S.?
All the red tape may seem like it’s too great an obstacle to get here and make it work, but Americans love to over-complicate even the simplest of things. Keep the gift Australia has given you: keep it simple.