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  • Writer's pictureChristine Cox

Living and Working Together?

Max and Christine were kids party entertainers in NYC in the early 2010's.
The early days when The Amazing Max and Miss Christine performed together at kids events in New York City.(2010)

People have always been curious about how we have managed to live and work together. However, the question we get now is, "How does a married couple maintain a nomadic lifestyle, while working together and living in hotel rooms?"

Incase you didn't know, we met performing at kids birthday parties in Manhattan. Early in our relationship I started responding to Max's booking emails and created a system so that he'd take deposits and have contracts. Which is exactly what I was doing for my own business which specialized in princess parties, while he offered magic shows. These led us down the road of scaling up his magic show until it was Off Broadway where it ran for over a decade. That's when I officially became a producer. I was no longer in the show with Max, I was the one signing all the checks.

Audiences have enjoyed the family family show, The Amazing Max, since 2011.
Working on "The Amazing Max" Off Broadway since 2011.

Of course we don't work on everything together, I run my own company and Max is focused on acting and writing (side note he's going to be on a new show streaming on MAX on March 14, 2024). However, we do spend a considerable amount of time together, often in the same room, navigating our various endeavors. And what makes it both fun and challenging is that our organizational styles and work habits couldn't be more different.

It's undeniably challenging at times; we engage in emotionally charged disagreements, yet amidst it all, we've discovered a peculiar cadence—a nuanced rhythm that defies logic yet somehow manages to keep our partnership afloat. The secret sauce is a delicate blend of adaptability, mutual respect, and a willingness to embrace the chaos. For us, Living out of two suitcases has become second nature, our lives intertwined like the plotlines of a sitcom.

Picture this: you're a meticulously organized person, while your partner... well, let's just say they're more of a "go with the flow" kind of person. Or, like Max, they have extreme ADHD which comes with lots of unique challenges. Sound familiar at all? If so, let's be friends! Navigating the challenges of having a spouse who isn't as organized as you can sometimes feel like a never-ending game of tug-of-war.

Two remote offices in one room.

One of the biggest hurdles we face is sharing a smaller space together. Cramped hotel rooms, limited workspace, and the constant battle for quiet, all factor in to how productive we can be. It's all about finding a balance. When selecting hotels, we've learned to prioritize certain amenities that cater to our different needs. For instance, I always make sure to scout out hotels with a lobby that boasts plenty of seating options. While one of us might need to buckle down and get some work done in the room, the other can set up shop in the lobby. Not all lobbies are created equal. That's why I've made it a habit to thoroughly inspect hotel photos before booking. Are there ample tables and chairs, or is it all couches and lounge areas? These are the details that can make or break our remote work setup.

But hey, that's all part of the adventure, right? Learning to navigate the ups and downs of traveling with a less organized partner, and still love them. We're both passionate about sharing our tips for living and working together from the road. We want to help as many people as possible .

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