Missing soccer practices and dance recitals is something no parent ever wants to do, but because of the rising cost of living, it’s the reality for most. Too many parents slave away at work day in and day out, causing them to spend hours away from their kids.

Texas resident Tanna Marino and her husband worked long hours to provide for their children, and it came at the cost of quality family time. The finances were uncomfortably tight, and just as things were starting to spin completely out of control, Tanna received a phone call that changed her life…

Tanna Marino of Cypress, Texas, was a mother to four children and the wife of a firefighter. She was a small-town girl, and her family was always the most important thing in her life. 

Tanna worked long hours as an appliance technician at a company called Mr. Appliance. She liked her job, but money was always tight, and she wasn’t able to spend nearly enough time with her children. Then, one day she got an unusual phone call…

On the other end of the phone was a television scout asking Tanna if she’d like to star in a reality television show pilot. Tanna was stunned at the proposal, and even after asking for details of the show, she was still on the fence…

The scout didn’t reveal much about the show other than the fact it was called Don’t Quit Your Day Job. After weighing the pros and cons, Tanna figured this might be a chance to earn some extra income the family very much needed.

Tanna agreed to do the show, and when she showed up for filming on the first day, she met the camera crew who was going to follow her around while she went about her business. She was also to train a new employee named Faith Brown.

To Tanna, Faith came across as someone who normally worked an office job. She was wearing thick makeup, jewelry, and long acrylic nails. Even though she was dressed slightly out of character for a such a hands-on job, Tanna welcomed her aboard.

It was immediately apparent Faith didn’t have much experience in the field, but Tanna was patient and walked her through her routine. The cameras rolled the whole time, and Tanna concluded the reality show was about training odd new hires. 

For several days, the two women made house calls together, and Tanna explained to Faith how to handle every issue. Faith and Tanna were getting along great, and Tanna even brought Faith to her house one afternoon to meet her family.

Faith met all four of Tanna’s kids, as well as her husband Michael. Faith was so touched by how welcoming every member of the family was, but after the delightful evening, Tanna admitted to Faith something very personal.

She confided in Faith that even though she and Michael had jobs, money was incredibly tight. She would more than likely need to get a second job for supplemental income. This would mean spending even more time away from her kids. This broke Faith’s heart.

Hearing Tanna’s struggle to stay active in her children’s lives brought up memories of Faith’s own father who was significantly absent in her life, as well. Now, it was finally time for the mother of four to know exactly what the reality show was about.

After Don’t Quit Your Day Job wrapped up the employee training part of the show, the crew told Tanna she’d be visiting Faith’s home for the final segment. However, when Tanna showed up later that afternoon, Faith had short blonde hair — and looked completely different.

She introduced herself as Dina Dwyer-Owens, the CEO of the corporation that owns Mr. Appliance! She had spent the last several days in disguise alongside Tanna, learning from her and finding out what life was like on the front lines of the job.

The television crew informed Tanna there was no show called Don’t Quit Your Day Job. It was actually a show called Undercover Boss, where bosses worked alongside their employees while incognito to learn about what day-to-day life was like.

Dina was impressed by Tanna’s work ethic, so first, the CEO granted Tanna $5,000 to spearhead a “Women in the Trades” program to assist women who were learning a trade.

Next, Dina set up a $10,000 scholarship fund so Tanna and Michael could start saving for their children’s college education. Tanna was in tears at Dina’s generosity, but that wasn’t even the biggest shock…

As Tanna was choking back tears, the CEO presented the mother with one more gift: a check for $25,000! Tanna was so shocked she nearly fainted! Dina said the money was a personal gift from her.

The whole reason Dina was interested in appearing on Undercover Boss was so she could explore the inner workings of the company as a regular employee and not as the boss. Luckily, Tanna exemplified all of the qualities Dina was looking for in an employee, and she rewarded her for all of them!

It must have been such an interesting experience for both women during the course of filming. Dina was able to see how Mr. Appliance operated from a completely different perspective, and Tanna was able to help a “new employee” gain valuable experience!

Tanna couldn’t believe how generous Dina was after filming wrapped. She thought she was simply showing a new employee the ropes, but that couldn’t have been farther from the truth.