Creativity means a lot of things to different people. To my DIY darlings at Brit HQ, (and probably a lot of you ;) it is that burst that comes from behind a sewing machine, in front of a fresh canvas, with Photoshop or Illustrator open on their聽desktop(s). *My*聽creative fires burn brightest on the dance floor, or in my studio apartment where I hope my downstairs neighbors don鈥檛 hate me (hey, aren鈥檛 you guys happy I FINALLY learned the moves to 鈥淪orry鈥 at least?!) 鈥 basically, wherever there is music and enough room to move to it. When our Exec Head of Creative Anjelika Temple told me she 鈥渒new a聽dancer聽in Justin Timberlake鈥檚 music video,鈥澛I聽had to know him too.

In this episode of 7 Minutes in Creativity Heaven (check out our premiere with the Lonely Island dudes), meet Maceo Paisley, a multi-hyphenate who got 鈥渄iscovered鈥 for JT鈥檚 鈥淐an鈥檛 Stop the Feeling鈥澛(catch him at 1:09 in the video above!) on Instagram. Producer Saul Germaine, who follows Maceo on Instagram, caught one of his weekly dance videos聽on Facebook and聽called him聽up to see if聽he聽was interested in a *secret project.* 鈥淚 signed on before I knew Justin was going to be in the video,鈥 Maceo reveals. 鈥淚鈥檓 definitely glad I took the offer.鈥


As he got聽to work with the creative genius that is Mr. Timberlake, Maceo was kind enough to humor me with a couple behind-the-scenes secrets:聽鈥淚 will say that he is a very charming and funny 鈥榬egular鈥 guy 鈥 and down to earth. When it comes to performing, he takes his work seriously but doesn鈥檛 take himself seriously. And, wow can he move! I got a sneak peak of him rehearsing and it seems like the guy could have been a ballerino if things had turned out differently for him.鈥 While I picture JT聽in tights, get to know Maceo Paisley, my *new* creativity crush. (We鈥檒l always have 鈥淪exyBack,鈥 J.)

Maceo Paisley

Who should we spend 7聽minutes in creativity heaven with next? Tweet us all about them聽@BritandCo聽and @LRapTweets!

(Photos via聽Daniel N. Johnson, Design by the supremely talented Maris Kumtong)