JESSICA DRAKE Receives 2023 AVN Mainstream Venture of the Year Nomination For RICKY LAKE’s ‘The Answer’
LOS ANGELES, CA / SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (NOVEMBER 22, 2022) – 2022 Storerotica Lubricant Company of the Year Wicked Sensual Care today announced that brand strategist, sex educator, and three-time AVN Best Actress jessica drake has received a 2023 AVN Mainstream Venture of the Year nomination for her performance in Ricky Lake’s The Answer.
A cinematic music video shot entirely on 16mm film, The Answer brought together three dynamic artists: drake, genre-defying Bay Area musician Lake, and award-winning Hip Hop mogul Matt Zolly. The Answer debuted on all platforms earlier this year on San Francisco-based Text Me Records. The video has since received unanimously favorable coverage in such influential industry publications and blogs as Vents Magazine and Thoughts Words Action.
“I am so grateful and humbled to see this collaboration receive the AVN nomination for Mainstream Venture of the Year,” said drake. “This was my first film project after the pandemic, and I was starving for a role I could really sink my teeth into. Once I heard the concept for the video and had the first meeting, I immediately grasped the creative potential of this undertaking.”
Of her collaborators, drake enthused, “Matt Zolly knew exactly what he wanted with every shot. Even when I wasn’t on camera, watching him work was fascinating. He may have acted low-key, but his directing style and skill screamed from the rooftops. He assembled the perfect team, and I’m grateful to have been a part of it. And working alongside Ricky was amazing. As an artist, he has such a talent for expressing himself, and in person he was no different. He was a dream to work with – funny, kind, creative, and very willing. I love that in a scene partner – and our steamier scenes – that were released only as NFTs – really showcased our chemistry.”
“In taking on this project, I was a little nervous about who would play Ricky’s love interest,” said director Zolly, whose previous video credits include collaborations with Rosalia, Lil Yachty, Lil Nas X, and Travis Scott. “I really liked the idea of combining an innocent stoner dude from the city with a wealthy, attractive older woman from the suburbs, but I knew our lead would really have to fit the bill. Upon meeting jessica I was immediately impressed with her professionalism. jessica lent herself to the production entirely and even incorporated some of her own wardrobe to help bring the character to life.”
The song’s April 8th release was accompanied by a series of blockchain-based marketing initiatives, including exclusive NFT releases featuring drake. True to her humanitarian calling, she donated her share of the NFT sales to Feed The Streets, a community-based mutual aid organization that collects donated food, hygiene products, clothing, and educational items. Founded in Southern California (where drake is Vice President of the Los Angeles chapter), Feed The Streets is expanding its outreach with weekly support drives, a New York City chapter, and initiatives designed to create bonds with underserved communities throughout the nation.
“This was the first NFT I’ve been involved in,” said drake of the initiative. “I was thrilled to give fans this unique opportunity to get a special piece of me while helping out a great cause.”
Now in its fortieth year, the AVN Awards Show is returning to the Las Vegas Strip January 7, 2023 at a new location, Resorts World Las Vegas. In a prepared statement, the editorial staff of AVN announced, “the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo will set the stage for the most anticipated event in adult – the AVN Awards Show. In what has become the adult industry’s longest standing, most iconic tradition, the AVN Awards will once again recognize outstanding achievements in areas of production, retail, and product innovations in the past year.”
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ABOUT JESSICA DRAKE
jessica drake’s industry clout, coupled with her prodigious talent has illuminated her career. From her work as Wicked Sensual Care’s brand strategist and resident sex educator to her various roles as a writer, director, and award-winning actress, jessica has solidified her status as a renaissance woman and one of the industry’s most illustrious stars.
As a global humanitarian, it’s jessica’s time invested in healing, working alongside, and educating the public of which she is most proud.
jessica brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by real-life couples and some of today’s top adult stars in her self-directed, written, and produced jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex series. Each edition intentionally addresses a different aspect of human sexuality, presented in the spirit of inclusion and explored with a distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor. The series has earned recognition from AVN, XBIZ, and the Feminist Porn Awards.
ABOUT RICKY LAKE
It wasn’t until Ricky Lake found himself in the artsy enclaves of Oakland, CA that he became the dark but delicate emo rap craftsman we see today. Teenage influences of NERD, Blink 182, and Crystal Castles plus his favorite elements of pop and the Soundcloud era come together for a sound that’s big and glowing and undeniably his own. Thoughtful reflections on past loves and future mistakes, Ricky Lake lives and breathes the emotions that bring each track to life. With the addition of a full drum set and shredding electric guitar to his new live show, you’re bound to feel what he feels too.
ABOUT MATT ZOLLY
Matt Zolly is an audio-visual maverick, hailing from San Francisco, CA. He’s inspired by sights and sounds, especially when they come together harmoniously. Since moving to Los Angeles a decade ago, he’s worn a number of hats, including but not limited to Director, Executive Producer, Creative Director, Manager, and Music Supervisor. He’s created award winning music videos for the likes of Rosalia, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Lil Yachty, Brent Faiyaz, Young Thug, and many more. He’s executive produced worldwide television commercials for the likes of Adidas, Reebok, Guess Jeans, and Mercedes Benz. Before founding the iconic production company, Snow-Beach, with fellow Co-Founder / Director, RJ Sanchez, Matt held down desk jobs at CBS News, William Morris Endeavor, Atlantic Records, Indie-Pop Management, and Prettybird.
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