When it comes to dabbling in different fields, former teen golfer Natalia Ng has been there, done that and even bought the proverbial T-shirt. Now that the ex-athlete has hung up her golf clubs, sticks, she has spread her wings and ventured into the entertainment scene, as a recording artiste, model, actress and TV host.
Did we forget to mention the stunning beauty was also a finalist of the 2013 Miss Universe Malaysia pageant?
“I’ve always been a Jill of all trades. But it took a while to figure out what I really wanted to do in the entertainment industry. To solve the problem, I decided to try my hand at everything,” says Ng in an interview recently.
While she enjoys hosting and performing, acting gives her a sense of satisfaction.
“Acting really gives me deeper joy. So, ultimately, I want to be focused in acting and producing shows and films. I could never discount my hosting and singing talents which are added skills helpful in the film industry,” says the 30-year-old from Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Ng says the secret to success revolves around the 3Ps – perseverance, patience and passion.
“These are my favourite 3Ps, really. It’s important to determine, first and foremost, your love in any field. You must be willing to accept it for all that it is – inclusive of people who can be difficult, scrutiny, rejection, volatility. It is important to remember that fame and money are simply a bi-product and not the end goal,” says Ng, a Business Finance graduate from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
But life in the entertainment field hasn’t been a bed of roses. The biggest challenge she has faced is rejection.
“If you can’t handle the constant scrutiny, this industry is simply not for you. Each rejection has helped me be more constructive and hone various aspects of my craft and character. That drives me to always stay on the right track and helps me stay focused without ever losing my sense of self,” says Ng, who released her Chinese debut single Fly in 2016.
The leggy beauty has appeared in various print and TV commercials like Dior and SK-II. She was also the host of Fox Sports Asia in 2015. She is now serving as brand ambassador for Adidas Golf. She was a stand-in for Black Hat (starring Chris Hemsworth) and had a role in the Hollywood romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians.
Last year, she chalked another milestone with her debut role as a snake spirit in Malaysian/Singapore horror film, 2359: The Haunting Hour.
“It was very challenging playing the role of a snake. But I’m glad my debut role was tough because now, every other role after this seems much easier. I realised that having to act without dialogue is far more difficult than I thought. Words are a great way to express yourself so when you take that out of the equation, your acting chops need to be good,” says Ng, who will be seen on Mediacorp’s upcoming TV show, Lion Mums.