Answer from Kim in Florida, who has served in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
Absolutely, you can use your talents and hobbies on the mission field because they're a gift from God! I never thought that my skills could be used on the mission field, but I was surprised when God called me to use them. It helped to get some well needed sponsors for the school where I was working.
Also, it's a good way to reach out to new Christians. There's no better way in my opinion to connect with a nonbeliever than through a common interest. It can open up so many doors for you to spread God's Word.