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Roommate Case Studies

Case Study No. 5: The Opposites

Marti Gould Cummings and Trent Johnson
A cabaret performer and an art director sharing a two-bedroom in Hell’s Kitchen.

Ever been told you’re like the Odd Couple?
Trent Johnson: Marti’s not old enough to know who they are.
Marti Gould Cummings: Yeah, we do! Trent keeps track of the bills and deals with the landlord; I lock myself out of the apartment and have to call him. Trent’s very put together and soft-spoken, while the neighbors make noise complaints about me singing too loud.

Do you hang out a lot?
Cummings: Our schedules are so different, but when we do see other, we gossip. I call him Trenicia.
Johnson: Yeah, he’ll be coming down the street, see me, and start screaming, “Hey, Trenicia!”
Cummings: I’m going to put Trent in a wig and heels one of these days.


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