Ayden Sng (Singapore Actor)

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Ayden Sng
Ayden Sng.jpg
Born17 November 1993
EducationDegree in International Comparative Studies
Alma materRaffles Institution, Duke University
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)

Ayden Sng (born 17 November 1993) is a Singaporean actor. He is signed to Mediacorp as a full-time artiste and is most recognised for his roles in Mandarin productions. Outside of show business, Ayden is skilled in playing the erhu (a Chinese string instrument). As of June 2020, he has over 107,000 followers on Instagram and is a brand ambassador for ASICS.[1][2]

Background[edit | edit source]

Early life & family[edit | edit source]

Ayden was born on 17 November 1993[3] and is the second oldest of five brothers.[4] During his teenage years, he was a member of the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra where he played the erhu.[5][6][7] In an interview with 8Days that was published in 2019, he said:

"... when I was younger, I was inclined to speak Mandarin because I was in Chinese orchestra. And my erhu teacher is [sic] from Shanghai and she influenced me a lot."[8]

In support of the Singapore Biennale, Ayden put up an erhu performance in March 2020. Photo from A List Singapore.

While serving his mandatory national service, he was a Commando in the 1st Commando Battalion and the assistant to the Company Sergeant Major. He was awarded National Serviceman of the Year for WY 12/13.[9]

Education[edit | edit source]

Ayden attended Raffles Institution from 2006 to 2011. In 2014, he furthered his studies at Duke University in the United States of America and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Comparative Studies in 2018.[10]

Acting career[edit | edit source]

Ayden entered show business in September 2018 after being scouted by an entertainment industry insider.[11] At the time, he was still working as a product specialist at the digital consulting firm, Electric8 which he had joined upon graduating from university.[12] He left his corporate career in May 2019 when he signed a full-time contract with Mediacorp.[13]

Television[edit | edit source]

Fluent in both English and Mandarin, Ayden is a bilingual actor who has been involved in Channel 8 and meWATCH productions. In 2020, he made his debut as a lead actor in a drama series. In Loving You (2020), Ayden plays the character Dong Sheng, who is the much younger love interest of Lin Li (Jessica Lui).

Ayden pictured as Dong Sheng in Loving You (2020). Retrieved from 8 DAYS.
Year Channel Title Character Role Refs.
2020 Channel 8 Loving You Dong Sheng Lead [14][15]
2019 meWATCH Last Madame Ah Tou Supporting [16][17]
My Agent Is A Hero II Ah Xiong [18]
The Wedding Survival Handbook Darren Lee [19]
Channel 8 Old is Gold Sean Tan [20][21]
meWATCH Wonder Kiss Young Great Grandfather [22]
Channel 8 Walk With Me Jun Wei [23]

Film[edit | edit source]

Ayden pictured on the promotional poster for The Playbook (2019). Retrieved from Facebook.

Ayden made his debut as a lead actor on the silver screen in The Playbook (2019), a feature film written and directed by Bryan Wong.[24] He was cast as Zhang Yu Heng, the love interest of Yuyan (Sheila Sim) - a wealthy woman who discovers that she only has 30 days to live. The feature film first premiered on Toggle (now meWATCH) in March 2019 and was screened at Shaw Paya Lebar Quarter in September that year.[25]

Year Title Character Role Refs.
2019 Fresh Takes! - The Playbook Zhang Yu Heng Lead [26][27]

Other endeavours[edit | edit source]

Modelling[edit | edit source]

Ayden was the cover model for NUYOU magazine’s August issue in 2019.[28][29]

Music[edit | edit source]

Apart from the erhu, Ayden is proficient in playing the violin[30] and the piano. In 2008, Ayden joined the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra (SNYCO) where he also gained some experience in orchestral conducting. In 2012, he was a finalist in the erhu open category at the Singapore Chinese Music Competition (SCMC).[31] During his time in university, Ayden founded Duke University’s first traditional Chinese music ensemble.[32] As of 2020, he has been playing the erhu for more than a decade and holds a Diploma certificate in erhu performance.[33][34]

Unexpected Sounds - Reimagining the Erhu (2020)[edit | edit source]

In 2020, Ayden put up an erhu performance titled Unexpected sounds - Reimagining the Erhu in support of the Singapore Biennale.[35][36] The event was supposed to be held at the National Gallery Singapore on 22 March 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 situation in Singapore, his performance was live-streamed instead.[37]

YouTube channel[edit | edit source]

In March 2020, Ayden created a YouTube channel where he uploads videos of his vocal covers and erhu performances. As of June 2020, he has over 2,000 subscribers and has accumulated over 83,176 views. The most popular video on his channel is his cover of 浪费 by Yoga Lin which has over 75,000 views.[38] The song was a part of the soundtrack for Loving You (2020), a Channel 8 drama in which he took on the lead role.

References/ Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. Tan, Joe. “ASICS GEL-LYTE™ III Went Against The Odds To Be An Icon, Just Like Zong Zijie, Chantalle Ng, Ayden Sng, And More!”. NYLON. March 27, 2020. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  2. Lim, Theresa Marie. “For Her, From Him: Open Letter To A Colleague Turned Friend”. clozette. March 30, 2020. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  3. Ayden Sng”. Buro. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  4. Mediacorp CLASS 95. "Celebrity Guest Interview with Ayden Sng". Facebook. May 8, 2020. Accessed on 11 June 2020.
  5. Sng, Ayden. “Ayden Sng”. Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  6. Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra. Facebook. September 3, 2019. Accessed on 10 June 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/snyco/posts/looking-back-the-mental-training-i-received-from-pursuing-music-has-really-helpe/1408642555957253/
  7. Lee, Jan. “Mediacorp new hunk Ayden Sng plays younger boyfriend of Jesseca Liu in new Channel 8 drama”. The Straits Times. March 9, 2020. Accessed on 9 June 2020. Retrieved from Shared Here.
  8. Fam, Jonathan. “Is TV’s Next Big Thing Ayden Sng, An Erhu-Playing Godfrey Gao-Lookalike?”. 8 Days. March 14, 2019. Accessed on 10 June 2020.
  9. Ayden Sng. “Experience”. LinkedIn. Accessed on 8 June 2020.
  10. Ayden Sng. “Education”. LinkedIn. Accessed on 8 June 2020.
  11. Ayden Sng”. Buro. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  12. Ayden Sng. “Experience”. LinkedIn. Accessed on 8 June 2020.
  13. Aravin Sandran. “Singaporean actor Ayden Sng on constructive criticism, Instagram and his upcoming YouTube channel”. Buro. September 4, 2019. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  14. Lee, Jan. “5 things to know about the new hunk on the block”. The Straits Times. March 10, 2020. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  15. Mediacorp. “Loving You爱...没有距离”. Content Distribution. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  16. Tan, Tammi. “Newcomer Ayden Sng survives intense mutilation scene (with real weapons)”. 8 Days. December 27, 2019. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  17. Goh, Bryan. “#ManCrushMonday - Ayden Sng (aka Good Boy of the Acting World) Turns Evil”. Men’s Folio. October 14, 2019. Accessed on 10 June 2020.
  18. Info”. meWATCH. Accessed on 10 June 2020.
  19. meWATCH. “The Wedding Survival Handbook - EP8”. meWATCH. July 4, 2019. Accessed on 10 June 2020.
  20. Aravin Sandran. “Singaporean actor Ayden Sng on constructive criticism, Instagram and his upcoming YouTube channel”. Buro. September 4, 2019. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  21. Chan, Ilsa. “We showed the ‘Old is Gold’ cast how they’d look in 50 years and here’s how they reacted”. 8 Days. December 27, 2019. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  22. meWATCH. “Wonder Kiss 神奇之吻 - EP1”. meWATCH. April 18, 2019. Accessed on 10 June 2020.
  23. Tan, Tammi. “Newcomer Ayden Sng survives intense mutilation scene (with real weapons)”. 8 Days. December 27, 2019. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  24. Watch Bryan Wong’s full-length directorial debut at this charity screening”. Channel News Asia Lifestyle. September 8, 2019. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  25. Flora. "[InC-terview] Bryan Wong on his directorial debut in "The Playbook"". InCinemas.sg. September 18, 2019. Accessed on 11 June 2020.
  26. shaw theatres. “The Playbook Official Trailer”. YouTube. September 5, 2019. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  27. Tan, Kendra. “Bryan Wong Will Spend His Own Money, Joanne Peh Will Slide Into Your DMs & Ian Fang Will Relive His Drunken Youth For Their Directorial Debuts”. TodayOnline. March 8, 2019. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  28. AYDEN SNG FOR NUYOU AUGUST ISSUE COVER”. Mode Studio. August 28, 2019. Accessed on 10 June 2020.
  29. Jun Qiang. “GET TO KNOW OUR AUGUST COVER CELEBRITIES – LOCAL SHOWBIZ NEWBIES AYDEN SNG AND ANGEL LIM”. NUYOU. August 1, 2019. Accessed on 10 June 2020.
  30. Mediacorp CLASS 95. "Celebrity Guest Interview with Ayden Sng". Facebook. May 8, 2020. Accessed on 11 June 2020.
  31. Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Facebook. October 9, 2019. Accessed on 9 June 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/scmc.sg/videos/vb.2141712689416891/529402551180814/?type=2&theater
  32. Ayden Sng. “Education”. LinkedIn. Accessed on 8 June 2020.
  33. Fam, Jonathan. “Is TV’s Next Big Thing Ayden Sng, An Erhu-Playing Godfrey Gao-Lookalike?”. 8 Days. March 17, 2019. Accessed on 8 June 2020. Retrieved from Today Online.
  34. Unexpected sounds - Reimagining the Erhu (ft. Ayden Sng)”. Singapore Biennale 2019. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  35. aydenzs. Instagram. March 11, 2020. Accessed on 10 June 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9mFB9gH6xk/?igshid=1okaug9txjv2x
  36. Unexpected sounds - Reimagining the Erhu (ft. Ayden Sng)”. Singapore Biennale 2019. Accessed on 9 June 2020.
  37. Live Steaming of Unexpected sounds - Reimagining the Erhu”. Facebook. Accessed on 10 June 2020.
  38. Ayden Sng 孙政. “「爱。。。没有距离」插曲:《浪费》二胡+翻唱版本 | Erhu 【Performed by Ayden Sng】”. April 3, 2020. Accessed on 9 June 2020. YouTube.