Aurora ­-- Nashville is much more than just the new home for Aurora's Tiffany Trew. It is the name of the TV series on which she has appeared about a dozen times as an extra.

"Being a part of the 'Nashville' show is definitely an amazing experience, one that I never thought I'd be so lucky to be a part of," said Trew, 26, an Aurora High School graduate.

"Working with the stars of the show like Hayden Panettiere, who I have watched in movies and TV shows since I was younger, has been such a surreal experience.

"I've gotten to build some lasting friendships on the show with extras and crew members along with getting to know the cast," she said. "It is something I definitely did not expect to do when I moved to Nashville because I moved here for my music."

She is the daughter of Aurora Service Director John Trew. Her mother is Shelia. Tiffany has three brothers -- Scott, Johnny and Bryan Trew -- and stepsister Valerie Shelton.

Trew, who moved to Nashville about 11 months ago, said taping of the show is done at several locations, including the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and at some famous bars and music venues.

Trew got her foot in the door because, after learning that the show was taped there, she came across the company On Location Casting that does all the extras' casting.

"Living in Nashville, it is rather easy to sign up to be a part of the show," she said. "You make a profile on their website and then you follow them on Facebook.

"They post different castings and you pick the ones you fit the profile for, then you wait to see if you are booked. They cast all different types of extras from audience members, musicians, roadies and pedestrians."

"NASHVILLE" also stars Connie Britton, formerly of TV's "Friday Night Lights," and Eric Close from "Without a Trace."

Trew said after season three was completed, cast members did not know if there would be a season four.

"But I now can officially say there will be," she said. "I hope to be cast again and work even more on the set for season four.

"That's the thing with the acting world. You never know when you're going to be cast or for what. It's a game of risks and chances -- just like the music world. In the end, it is always worth the risk."

Trew was an extra in the "The Body Sculptor," an independent movie filmed in Nashville.

"I'm hoping to become more active in acting and take part in music videos and hopefully some other TV shows that are set to start filming here in Nashville in the next few months," she said.

"The possibilities in Nashville are endless. Moving down here has been both the hardest and best decision I have ever made."

Music was what originally drew Trew to Nashville. She has been writing poems and song lyrics since she was about age 12 or 13 and started writing more in high school when she taught herself to play guitar.

"I'VE PLAYED at some open mic nights at a few places in Nashville, including the Bluebird Cafe," she said. "That place is just as magical in person as it seems on TV. I hope to one day be booked to play a writers' round and a show there."

Trew said the Bluebird Cafe is "a very highly sought-after venue to play at.

"After all, it is where Taylor Swift was discovered," she said. "I've also played with some friends in downtown Nashville at some gigs, and they'll bring me up on stage with them for a song or two.

"Nashville has such an amazing music community. Most everyone is there to help each other. There are a lot of musicians in Nashville, but we all become more like a family. It is a big city with a small town feel."

Trew has had other jobs as she worked to pursue her dreams. They include a nanny, a personal assistant and an assistant general manager at a Taco Bell. She worked on the road for the Luke Bryan Farm tour last year, and now she is a "coyote" at the Coyote Ugly Saloon in Nashville.

"I absolutely love my job," she said. "I get to meet new people every day. I sing, dance, bar-tend and make sure everyone gets the 'Coyote Ugly' experience like they see in the movie, 'Coyote Ugly,'" she said.

Interestingly, Trew auditioned for several plays at Aurora High School. "I almost always received a callback audition, but I never was cast," she said.

Now, on "Nashville," she has appeared on a much bigger stage.


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