As I begin to do press for LOST 2020 (stay tuned for podcast announcements!) – I’ve come to realize there’s one aspect I was planning to tell you onsite in Hawaii that I have to share now since it’s a question that will be coming up.
At each event, I’ve included a slide showing the dates for our next event. The one above is from our last event announcing the dates for LOST 2020. But I knew this time there would be no slide. There would be no next time.
While it was an incredibly tough decision, I knew in 2018 as I began planning in earnest that the 2020 event would be “the end.” I actually began planning the event after the 2014 event and knew this was going to be the largest of the events in terms of scale. It was imperative that we be able to show the episodes in iconic locations. I wanted to have some of the cast there. I wanted to hear from experts about why the show has endured ten years since the finale aired. I wanted LOSTies to have an opportunity to come together over four days in the absolutely breathtaking location where LOST filmed to talk about what the show means to them.
So why stop now?
I’m 42 years old (a LOST number!) and the timing feels right. It’s hard to believe that it has been eight years since this all began (another LOST number!). Since then we’ve commemorated the 10th anniversary of the pilot and will be commemorating the 10th anniversary of the finale this May.
Working on these three events has been an amazing part of my life. But I’m also ready to let go and move on, in the words of Christian Shepard.
So where does that leave us today? I am four months out from the event with a lot of planning left to do. Outside of my regular job which keeps me busy 50+ hours a week, the event is my only focus. And I’m 108% committed to it. I can’t wait to see you all everybody on the island!
Before I close, I want to thank everyone who has already registered for LOST 2020. I’ve always said that while I may be the person putting it together – YOU are the ones who made this place. You are the ones the event is for. I hope you will leave Hawaii with new or renewed friendships, incredible experiences and amazing discussions about LOST.
To those who have been a part of our previous events, thank you for coming. It has been one of the greatest joys of my life working on them and I will miss doing so tremendously. But the silver lining is I still have one more to finish … and my hope is it will be the best one yet!