In one way or another Nick has worked in and around the film industry for his entire career. After completing a law degree in 1987, Nick worked as a runner on a film and has been running ever since.

He graduated through the ranks and worked as an Assistant Director, Editor and Director. His credits as a Director include the Network Nine series "Water Rats", "A Difficult Women" (2nd unit) and "Big Sky" (2nd unit). He also worked on many well known Australian and international films including "Paradise Road", "Fearless", "Strictly Ballroom", "Green Card", "Thank God He Met Lizzie", "Siam Sunset" and "Death in Brunswick".

In 1992 he completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Film at the Victorian College of the Arts. His graduation film "The Boatbuilder" was awarded the Cinevex Script Prize for Best Short Script, and a Silver Award at the Charleston International Film Festival in the USA.

Following the birth of his second child in 2001, Nick decided it was time to put some stability into his life, so he returned to legal practice. He joined the Film Finance Corporation Australia and two years later went into private practice at DLA Piper Australia as a media and entertainment lawyer. He was appointed Special Counsel and, in 2011, worked in its London office. In 2013 Nick left DLA Piper to establish his own practice, Cole Media & Entertainment Law.

In 2009 Nick and Antonia Barnard produced Last Ride, the debut feature film of Palme d'Or winning director, Glendyn Ivin. Last Ride had its world premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, was screened in many international festivals, won some awards and was released around the world. It was also released theatrically in the USA by Music Box Films.

Nick and Antonia enjoyed working together on Last Ride and continue to develop more projects on which to collaborate. Now that Nick's kids are getting older, he is enjoying having more time to himself and mixing his media and entertainment law practice with his producing activities.