Born in Louisville, KY and raised south of Nashville, TN, Ballard C. Boyd is a product of the American South.

He has directed commercials and branded content for brands including Google, Wild Turkey, Captain Morgan, Mountain Dew, 3M, DICK’s Sporting Goods, Bounce, LongHorn Steakhouse, ACE Brand, NRG/Reliant, and Popular Mechanics.

Ballard attended Emerson College in Boston, Mass. where he graduated magna cum laude in 3 1/2 years with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film. Following college, Ballard worked at the human consciousness think-tank Integral Institute, as director & manager of the company’s in-house video production company, at 23.

After moving to New York City, he began a hard push toward directing with the “quantity” approach to improving his craft. His music video “Ode To Kulele” by Mal Blum was awarded as one of the Top 10 Music Videos of 2009 (#10), by the viewing audience of MTV/Logo’s The Click List.

In 2012, he received the first Visionary Award for Directing by Big Vision Empty Wallet, along side fellow award recipients Whit Stilman, Matt Pinfield & presenter Roberta Flack.

In 2015, his music video “Runaway” by sElf was selected as one of the Top 10 Music Videos of 2014 by Rolling Stone (#10), as well as one of The 10 Greatest Cat Music Videos of All Time (#4) by Yahoo! Music.

His narrative shorts have been broadcast on Comedy Central, HBO Family, Logo, E!,, and, and screened at over 4 dozen film festivals.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Advertising Age, Creativity Online, SlashFilm, MediaBistro, People Magazine, and The Huffington Post.

He is currently a digital producer at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS, directing segments for both web & broadcast.

Ballard C. Boyd lives in Sunnyside, Queens, NY and plays the ukulele.



Rolling Stone – “The 20 Most Awesome Music Videos of 2014” – December 22, 2014 [#10]
Yahoo TV – “Paws Up – Watch The 10 Greatest Cat Music Videos of All Time” – July 24, 2014 [#4] – “Get Your Daily Dose Of Cats Playing Synthesizers With ‘Runaway’ “ – July 23, 2014
Entertainment Weekly – “Cats Make Synthesizer Jams for sElf’s ‘Runaway’ “ – July 22, 2014
Yahoo Music – “Is Self’s ‘Runaway’ the Greatest Cat Video Ever?” – July 22, 2014
People Magazine – “Cats Rock Out and Play Synth in This Tail-Quivering Music Video from sElf” – July 22, 2014
Nashville Scene – “Self’s ‘Runaway’ Features A Slew of Delightful Cats” – July 22, 2014
The Huffington Post – “Lil Jon Debuts New Video ‘Drink’ “ – Feb 16th, 2012
New York Magazine / – “Watch Lil Jon’s Crazy New Video (Featuring Oversexed Seniors), ‘Drink’ “ – Feb 16th, 2012
Creativity Online – “Google: Developer Stories” – October 17th, 2011
The New York Times – “Magazine Association Renames Itself” – Oct 1st, 2010.
The Huffington Post – “Mad Men” ‘Jumps The Shark’ Imagines What 10th Season Would Look Like” – September 4th, 2010
Advertising Age – “An Exclusive Look at the Making of the Exclusive Look at ‘Mad Men,’ Season 10” – September 2nd, 2010.
BuzzFeed – “The Very Best of Hipster Hitler” – September 3rd, 2010.
Media Bistro – “Our Pick for Winner of the Museum of Science and Industry’s ‘Month At The Museum’ “ – August 9th, 2010.
SlashFilm – “LOL District 9 Parody: District 11” – July 1st, 2010.
Mass. Cultural Council – “Kristin Andreassen: By Voice, Strings or Clogs” – Nov. 17, 2009. – Q&A with Jen Kwok – “Where My F&@kers At?” – September 15th, 2009. – Interview about “Crayola Doesn’t Make A Color For Your Eyes” Music Video” – August 5th, 2009.
POLYSEMY Online – “Interview with Ballard C. Boyd – Pt. 2” – September 15, 2007
POLYSEMY Online – “Interview with Ballard C. Boyd – Pt. 1” – September 12, 2007