The year? 1984. The place? Hollywood, California. A registered nurse working in labor and delivery at a local hospital begins having contractions. Six hours later, she and her husband—an Army veteran and former football player she met while cheerleading in high school—welcome their inaugural, non-athletic offspring into the world. This is the origin of Marcos Lawrence Luevanos—Southern California native, NYU alum, former Los Angeles Times Style Editor who tries as best he can to live his life as though it’s an inspirational montage from an ‘80s movie set to Patti LaBelle’s “New Attitude.”

Raised amongst orange trees in the San Gabriel Valley by his large Mexican Catholic family, Marcos knew he wanted to be a writer since the second grade, when a short story of his was turned into a play for a school presentation. It was about he and his family spending Thanksgiving in the emergency room after his grandmother accidentally cut the tip of his father’s thumb off. While the spicy-blooded antics of his relatives provided him with endless fodder in his youth, it was his first job in television lint-rolling Carson Kressley on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy that started him on the path to sitcom writing.

After beating Lady Gaga at a talent competition while at NYU, Marcos returned to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of writing three genres of television—traditional network sitcoms like Modern Family, light half-hour cable shows like Girls, and hour-long dramedies like Orange Is the New Black. Since moving back to the city he once aqua-aerobicized his way through high school in, Marcos has made great strides in the entertainment industry. In the span of a year, he went from picking up dog shit for William Morris agents to working as an assistant forThe Vampire Diaries showrunner Kevin Williamson. Marcos has participated in the NHMC's TV Writing Program (‘09), NBC's Writers On The Verge ('10), and The CBS Writers Mentoring Program (‘11). For the past three years, he has worked on BET’s The Game, where he was most recently a Story Editor. Marcos currently lives in Los Feliz, where he is often seen walking the streets with his dog Penny.