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Elvin Ng in New York for acting workshop, on solo trip of 'learning and unlearning'

After a career in the local media scene for more than 16 years, the actor will be stepping back into the shoes of a student for four weeks with the New York Film Academy.

Elvin Ng in New York for acting workshop, on solo trip of 'learning and unlearning'

Elvin Ng at New York City's Times Square. (Photo: Instagram/@elvinngchoonsiong)

Elvin Ng has been a familiar face as an actor, model and host since 2005. Now, like many of his compatriots including Dennis Chew and Suhaimi Yusof, he’s pursuing self-improvement through education. 

But rather than a full diploma or degree programme, the 41-year-old actor has elected to go with the short-term Acting For Film Workshop with the New York Film Academy. The private film and acting school counts the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Bill Hader and Aubrey Plaza among its alumni. 

Since setting off on Jun 30, Ng has documented his trip through a series of Instagram posts and stories, keeping friends and fans alike up to date with his new life as a student. 

In an Instagram post on that same day bidding Singapore farewell for the next five and a half weeks, he wrote: “A long solo trip of learning and unlearning (is) definitely not within my comfort zone, it feels a little scary and intimidating with all the uncertainties and yet full of excitement and anticipation.”

No one said that student life would be easy, but no one said it would be hard either; in a second post on Jul 1 and a vlog the day after, Ng shared images of his room, which was sparsely furnished. He said: “No bedsheet, no pillow, no nothing! And no supermarket to buy them at this time.” 

But he took it in good humour, adding: “Now I really know what it means to be out of your comfort zone! Wanted to stay in the hostel to get the full student experience thinking it was probably safer too, but it seems I got a bit more (or less, like really basic) than I asked for!” 

But hey, maybe that's just what you need to be able to learn and unlearn things. 

We wish him all the best!

Source: CNA/sr

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