Born with flaming red hair, Jolanda arrived to this world in Utrecht on the 9th of September 1981. Classical ballet was her world from 3-16 years old. A few years later, during her last year studying Graphic Design in Eindhoven, she is introduced to the youth theatre group Stichting Theaterplan. This is the point when acting takes over. Jolanda graduated in graphic design, only to fully dedicate herself to the musical training of Frank Sanders Akademie in Amsterdam.

Right after her graduation in 2004, Jolanda was recruited for the part of Bleke Doortje in the successful production De Jantjes directed by Dick Hauser (Joop van den Ende Theatre Productions). After De Jantjes she acts in the small music theatre production Honk (2006-2007, 3 And a Crowd). Followed by the new Dutch musical Ciske de Rat (2007-2008, Joop van den Ende Theatre Productions) and Kruimeltje (1011, Rick Engelkes Producties). Followed by in 50 Tinten... de Parodie and Pumps en Penalties (Senf Theater partners).

Jolanda has taken various acting and singing workshops from among others: Gerardjan Rijnders, Elisabet Sevholt (The Chubbuck Technique), Joost van Hezik, Theu Boermans, Hans Hoes (Masterclass Shakespeare Sonnets), Will van Kralingen, Lenette van Dongen and Marjolein Touw. She also took part in the workshop Commedia dell' Arte at Theatro Punto in Amsterdam. 

She participated in the arthouse movie Raw Footage/Scapegoats by Aernout Mik (2006). She also did (guest) appearances in television series such as De Co-assistent (2008, Net 5), Gooische Vrouwen (2008, RTL), Flikken Maastricht (2008, TROS), 13 in de Oorlog (2010, NPS), Zapp Delict (2011, NCRV), Dokter Tinus (2012, 2016 SBS6), Freddy, leven in de Brouwerij (2013, TROS) and Groenland (2014, Endemol/ VPRO).

On the big screen Jolanda stars in the Dutch feature films: Foeksia de Miniheks (NL Film, Director: Johan Nijenhuis), Dik Trom (Eyeworks Film en T.V. Drama, Director: Arne Toonen), Als je verliefd wordt (Nedfilm, Director: Hans Scheepmaker), Swchwrm (Flinck Film, Director: Froukje Tan), Quiz (Tom de Mol Productions/ Dick Maas, Director: Dick Maas), Black Out (Hazazah Pictures/ Orange Film, Director: Arne Toonen) and The Boskampies (Shooting Star, Director: Arne Toonen).

Jolanda is not only playing in several theatre and film productions, but also writing and developing (new) plays. As she did in 2010 with (playwright and director) Sieta Keizer, on the play 'Sylvia, ik probeer me haar voor te stellen…/ Sylvia, I try to imagine her…' A monologue based on the life and work of the American poet, novelist and short story writer Sylvia Plath. In March 2012 together with actress Sytske van der Ster and director Erik van 't Wout she wrote 'Who's Afraid of Woody Allen?' A new play based on the work of the famous director. A digestible relationship drama that deals with 'Three Sisters'. This play, full of irony and comedic asides combined with some strong neurotic self-reflection, was successfully shown at M-Lab Theatre, Amsterdam.

Currently Jolanda is engaged in the development of the music play about singer/ songwriter NICO. After a successful play and development period at Theatre Festival Boulevard it will resume in the summer of 2017.

Jolanda is an ambassador for Fight Cancer, part of the Dutch Cancer Foundation.