Here's where I get to talk to you and share my feelings
I don't think there's anything in the local artist scene I enjoy less than having mandatory ticket selling for shows. As someone who isn't from here and has a small and intricate friend circle, it's almost impossible for me to sell 10 tickets without having to spend a bit from my own pocket. HOWEVER, I fully understand the importance of being able to draw in a crowd as a starting act. If I can't draw in a crowd eventually, then I might as well call game over and go back to the hole my soul comes from. But damn, it's hard. It's always the same people who end up buying them (who I am honestly so grateful for because they are amazing) but I personally find it difficult to reach out to new people. Also, it's the getting the tickets to them that also is tough, since I don't own a car...or a driver's license. Making that time to hop from one place to the other is overwhelming at times. It also doesn't help that I have minimal material to showcase to newcomers, so, gah, that's my bad though. But yeah, as I was saying, I totally get why it's a thing. I feel like experiencing that struggle makes you appreciate the hard work that goes into promoting and also gives you more value as an artist cause you're actually getting off your ass to get yourself out there. If I magically had someone who sold my tickets for me then that'd be fantastic. =D But working hard is part of the maturing process, so bring it on.