Being well networked can do wonders for your career and having a
connection at a company where you are seeking employment can be a good
thing. However, name dropping during your interview, especially when done without any tact, may do you more harm than good.
Do what you love! If you are one of those people who honestly believes that what you do outside your normal 9 to 5 job is your true love, then you should consider turning your hobby into a rewarding career.