As a film fan junior high school student in Illinois, Nicole Russin-McFarland studied music and dreamed of composing the film scores for her own movies but put off the goal for over a decade once at 13, she began contributing to media publications. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin at 19, making her way to Manhattan in hopes of transitioning into entertainment and food journalism. Russin-McFarland's celebrity interviews and food articles have been published in mainstream media worldwide from Australia to the United States.

At 21, while freelancing for The New York Daily News personal finance section, she was signed to her first modeling agency in New York City, a time period during which she appeared in hair styling magazines, a hair product box, worked for Pepsi, and modeled for Redken. She published her first cookbook, since repackaged into The Comeback Cookbook, a little over one year later.

In 2015, she formally adapted her small book publishing company into Lucky Pineapple Films, quickly beginning work on the real meets drawn cartoon animated film, The Eyes of Old Texas, and beginning the planning process for her second untitled animated short. The Eyes of Old Texas is expected to be submitted to film festivals in January 2018.