A casting call at Auction Direct draws hundreds of would-be reality TV stars.

VICTOR — Ramon Ocasio, who lives in Naples, is originally from an island, Puerto Rico. He eats rice everyday.

Actually, he said, he’ll eat anything.

And so those qualifications are why, standing in a line of hundreds of people stretching well outside the door of Auction Direct, he believes he has what it takes to stand out from the crowd and land a spot on the longtime reality show “Survivor.”

“You never know,” said Ocasio, who was wearing a baseball cap signed by all the participants on a season five years ago. “You’ve got to take a chance.”

And many, many people did.

A casting call Thursday at the used vehicle store on Route 96 brought out hundreds of “Survivor” fans hoping for the opportunity to appear on an upcoming season of the show, which first aired May 31, 2000. A new season, filmed in Fiji, starts in September.

The wannabe survivors had one minute before a camera to make a compelling case for the chance to appear on the show, according to Ryan Turco, promotions manager at WROC TV-8, which airs the show.

Using a bullhorn to talk to the crowd outside, he mentioned that the show’s host, Jeff Probst, was present — in cardboard cutout form.

“He’s here all day for pictures, selfies, whatever,” Turco said. “But he’s kind of stiff.”

For those who haven’t seen the show, participants are placed together, usually on a tropical island, with limited contact to the outside world. Players vote to send a participant off the island every few days, with the sole survivor winning $1 million.

The object of the game is to “outwit, outlast, outplay” the other participants, each of whom participate in challenges for rewards — such as much-needed food — or immunity from being voted off the island.

Fans of the show often wind up rooting for heroes or villains, depending on their style of play.

“You can’t play the game without lying or throwing somebody under the bus. That’s the way the game is played,” said Brenda Doney, who drove to the audition from Watertown, Jefferson County. “Hopefully, I will get the chance to outwit, outlast and outplay the millennials and show that us older folks can do it.”

Why try out? Why not? For Sean Mullen, director of communications and alumni relations at McQuaid Jesuit in Rochester, this is his opportunity to test his skills at the “ultimate game of strategy.”

“I wear my heart on my sleeve. I’m straight up. What you see is what you get,” said Mullen, of Penfield. “If they want that, I’m all for the adventure and getting out of my office for seven weeks on an adventure.”

Some stood in line since midnight for the first auditions, which were to start at noon and were scheduled to continue until 5 p.m. Thursday.

Michael Guerrein, marketing director for Auction Direct, said he was surprised at the turnout, but the more people in the store, the better.

“We were hoping for 150 people, so to get this level of response is awesome,” Guerrein said.

Part of the appeal of the show is the back stories of the participants, which many really hoped would get through during their auditions, short and sweet as they were.

For instance, Doney said trying out for the show was her reward for giving up smoking.

Nina Cicoria, who calls herself a super fan who has watched every episode of every season, drove in from Oneonta, Otsego County. She said she has been the wind underneath everyone’s sails for so long, that it was time to do something for herself — particularly after coming through a “dark hole for a lot of years.”

“Now it’s my turn,” she said.

Bill “DJ Spun Daze” Hartman, a Canandaigua resident who works at Simply Crepes and is a former Marine, came looking for a different way to test himself and a new experience and challenge.

“I’m super pumped,” he said.

After her audition, Jackie Bodmer of Albany was confident that she had done her best, as she told of her time growing up watching the women on the show “kick ass” in competition with the men who have appeared.

“It helped me to be an independent woman and take on the finance world,” Bodmer said. “Hopefully, I can inspire some young girl. That’s better than a million dollars.”

No word on when an announcement will be made on who made the cut. The decision will be made by the people at “Survivor,” and not the local TV station. But, Turco said, Rochester has had some pretty good luck when it comes to TV.

A Rochester native appeared on the show’s first season. The winner of another reality show, “Big Brother 17,” came from Rochester. And a local woman won a contest for a walk-on roll for the soap opera, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Turco said.

“We feel pretty lucky here,” Turco said.