Struggling To Feed Her Kids, Mom Gets The Chance Of A Lifetime
Tanna Marino was a struggling mother, trying to make ends meet while living in Cypress, TX. Alongside her husband, Tanna would work 40-hours per week while trying to take care of her four kids. Life was tough and times were hard. As a local handyman for a company named Mr. Appliance, Tanna was already working her tail off in order to make ends meet. Everything changed one day after getting called into the bosses’ office. What happened? Keep on reading in order to find out!
A Hard Working Mom
Every story starts out with a beginning. For Tanna, her beginning was working full-time at a local appliance repair company. It was pretty notable that she even worked there, due to the fact that appliance repair is typically a male-dominated field. Still, Tanna proved early on that she was great at her job. Her husband was already working full-time as a firefighter which meant that their family home was always busy.
Life Gets Tough
Even though Tanna had a great job and a loving family, life was still hard. There was barely ever any time for her to spend with her children and her husband. In fact, Tanna was even considering starting a second job in order to make ends meet. With her calm demeanor, it would be hard for most casual viewers to see how stressed she actually was.
An Opportunity Arrives
Desperate for some sort of breakthrough, a miracle seemingly landed on Tanna’s doorsteps. She was approached by a production company in order to star in a reality TV show! Tanna had no idea how this situation had happened, but she wasn’t going to let a potentially life-changing opportunity pass her by. Tanna asked for more details before deciding to sleep on the decision.
Taking The Job
While Tanna was reluctant to pursue fame and hesitant to spend any more of her time away from her family, she knew that she had to take the job. At a minimum, Tanna would gain some TV exposure and that might be able to translate into better economic opportunities down the line. Besides, who could really pass up the chance to go on television?
How It Happened
Tanna first got into the appliance repair industry a couple of years before the reality TV show was offered. Her family had hired Mr. Appliance in order to fix their refrigerator. She heard that the company was hiring and, even though she wasn’t offered a job right away, she went ahead and put her resume in for consideration.
The New Show Begins
Back in the present, Tanna immediately gets to work on the new reality TV show. She is told that the program will be called “Don’t Quit Your Day Job”. The focus of the show was Tanna and all the work that she had to go through in a male-dominated field.
Meet Your Co-Star
In order to get the show to air, Tanna had to work alongside a woman named Faith Brown. Brown was hired by Mr. Appliance right when the show started. Tanna noted immediately that Faith looked like she would struggle with the job due to her heavy makeup and long fingernails. Despite her reservations, the two got to work.
Cut Out For The Job
With Faith following her around during a regular workday, Tanna quickly came to realize that her new co-worker was going to struggle. Faith didn’t have much experience in the appliance repair world but Tanna put in her best effort in order to help her get the job done. During this time, Faith was making notes of her own!
For The Children
While this new reality show was certainly stressing Tanna’s time, she knew it was all for a good cause. After all, if the show was a hit then she’d have enough money to spend more time with her family. For people in Tanna’s situation, any potential breakthrough is going to be a welcome one.
A Stunning Revelation
As the cameras rolled, Tanna and Faith went about their day on the job. While working on a client’s home, Tanna and Faith began to talk about their personal lives. Tanna revealed that she was considering getting a second job in order to take better care of her family. Faith was shocked! After all, Tanna was already working so many hours as it was.
Meet The Family
In order to try to break up the monotony of the day, Tanna invites Faith back home to meet her family. The invitation to come to her own home was a wholesome one and soon Faith was meeting Tanna’s husband and four children.
Faith Remembers Her Childhood
While meeting Tanna’s family, Faith remembers her own childhood. As a kid, Faith’s father worked multiple jobs just to put food on the table. Faith knew as well as anyone that a home without a parent was a tough one to grow up in. It was evident from the get-go that Faith was really feeling Tanna’s own troubles.
A Promise Made
After Faith had met Tanna’s family, she made a promise to herself that she planned on keeping. Faith was going to find a way to help out Tanna so that her situation didn’t get any worse. Faith knew how important it was for families to be together, and she hated the idea of seeing Tanna gone from her children for so long.
The Final Shot
As their day of filming wrapped up, Faith split ways with Tanna. The producers of the show told Tanna that she would be meeting Faith at Faith’s home the following day. Only, when Tanna arrived, she found a VERY different version of Faith.
Say Hey To The Boss
When Tanna met ‘Faith’ for their second meeting, things were different! Gone was the manicure and the dark hair and in its place was a blond-haired, blue-eyed woman. Faith’s real name was Dina Dwyer-Owens was no regular employee. She was actually the CEO of Mr. Appliance’s parent company, and she was worth millions of dollars!
Show Within A Show
As it turns out, there really WASN’T a TV show called ‘Don’t Quit Your Day Job’. What Dina and Tanna were really filming was an episode of ‘Undercover Boss’ for CBS. Show-ception!
Dina To The Rescue
Dina sat Tanna down in order to talk about their experiences together. Dina was effusive in her praise of Tanna’s ability to work hard and exceed in such a male-dominated world. Dina was amazed by Tanna’s relentlessly positive attitude and positive work ethic.
A Generous Offer
Dina immediately offered Tanna a $5,000 grant in order to spearhead a new program focused on employing women in trade programs. Dina wanted to see more hardworking women like Tanna in her industry.
Wait, There’s More
While the new trade program was certainly a kind gesture, what came next was amazing. Dina gave Tanna a $10,000 scholarship fund in order to help Tanna put her children through school. By the time her young children would be ready for school, that fund would be huge!
A New Life
During their emotional final encounter, Dina said that she wanted to change Tanna’s life so that she could grow with her family. Dina would go on to give Tanna a full $25,000 check in order to provide them with some cushion to make it through life’s hurdles. The story just goes to show that it pays to be kind and hard-working.