Schoeni was born and raised in Iowa but went to college in Utah at Brigham Young University where he studied animation and earned a BFA degree. He moved to Los Angeles in 2003 and his first job in the industry was at visual effects house Digital Domain helping create the CGI for the movie I,Robot. He later joined Dreamworks Animation in 2005 to work on the movie Kung Fu Panda and has been there ever since. He has worked on over 14 feature animated films for Dreamworks, including How To Train Your Dragon (2 and 3), Monsters vs Aliens, The Croods, Megamind, Shrek Forever After, and Trolls. He also worked as the Lead Modeler on The Boss Baby and in 2017 was promoted to Environment Designer on the sequel Trolls World Tour.